The Walker & Hall Chalice presented to Peter Waldersee by Blake Hanna from BMG Aviation, sponsors of the JB Sharp Series. 

JB Sharp - 27 July 
Thanks to everyone who contributed to BRC's hosting of the JB Sharp. Terry Maher, (pictured) BRC Life Member and Chairman of the JB Sharp Series kept the day running smoothly and Barry Moynahan OAM, Rowing NSW Life Member entertained us with his commentary.

Congratulations Peter Waldersee!
On 9 August in an incredibly close row-off, Peter Waldersee won the Walker and Hall Chalice for the handicap 1x in the JB Sharp Series. Peter finished the series tying with a Drummoyne sculler for the pointscore and had to row out of the Drummoyne shed for the last regatta owing to the pontoon works beginning the previous day.
Balmain has been well-represented in the Walker and Hall and has had a number of winners over the last 8 years. Prior to that, it had only been won twice by Balmain in the last 30. Congratulations Peter, a great effort!

Scullers Head of the Nepean
Saturday 22 August

The official start of the season kicked off with the Scullers Head of the Nepean. Well done to our all our BRC scullers who competed in this 4K time trial with some improved personal times on last year: Joe Grech, Heather Hunt, Ann Pham, Nick MacDonald, Chris Nelson and Peter Waldersee.  Photos: Grant Hunt

A huge thank you to Richard Hunt and David Longhurst who between them dedicated 2 weeks of their time to oversee the refurbishment of the pontoon. Thanks also to Scott Bickford, Grant Hunt, Brian Guthrie, Anastasia, Linda Bell, Nick Mac, Mark Thompson, Tony Leung, Owen Nix, Warren Hargreaves, David Virtue and Chris Nelson and our carpenter Alastair. A fantastic effort and a great example of what can be achieved by our membership outside of rowing.  
Unfortunately due to the age of the pontoon and the rush to get it back in action there is still a small leak somewhere so please be vigilant.
The pontoon is at least 60 years old and has come adrift several times in recent years, causing all rowing to stop for a period of time while it was re-attached. 
The long term plan is to eventually replace it when funds become available. In the mean time the difficult decision was made to refurbish the old one using resources within our membership as apposed to engaging marine subcontractors.
Traditionally the club has embraced a self help/can do approach but as the membership changes and people's lives become more busy it brings up an interesting question.
Are we willing to take ownership of jobs that benefit the club on a number of levels or do we pay more and have those tasks outsourced?.
The club owes a great debt to Richard Hunt, David Longhurst and their team. Without them the club would have a much more uncertain future. It is up to us to decide where to go from here. I welcome your thoughts on what jobs you think worthwhile taking on in the future.
Joe Grech, President
2015 BRC

Thanks to Connie Chu for coordinating the event and to everyone who contributed and attended the BRC Presentation Night on 12 June.

Congratulations to all our winners:
LYNETTE “SKELO” SKELTON TROPHY - Masters member scoring the most competition points.  Renate Ijpma
ALLEN TURNER TROPHY - Most Successful Masters Rower in Masters events: Renate Ijpma
COL CAMPBELL MEMORIAL TROPHY - most competition points in NSWRA Regatta events. Renate Ijpma
MAY AGNEW TROPHY - Most Competitive Female Member in NSWRA events: Renate Ijpma
KEVIN AGNEW AWARD - Most Competitive Male Member in NSWRA events: Peter Waldersee
RICHARD HUNT/TERRY MAHER TROPHY - Coach of the Year: Jeff Noonan 
IAN TOLL PERPETUAL TROPHY: Masters member with all round ability and club contribution: Kim Bailey 
GRAHAM GARDINER AWARD: Best performance by a coxswain: Nell Duly 
GEORGE NEILSON TROPHY - Most Competitive Junior: Michaela Franz
RIVERVIEW TROPHY - Most improved novice: Rachel Egan and Dorren Triguboff 
FRANK HIDDEN MEMORIAL TROPHY - Encouraging beginners into and within the Club: Alex Bentley, Nick MacDonald and Owen Nix
PETER PHILLIPS TROPHY - Best performance in the JB Sharp Series: Emily Principe
FRANCIS TURNER PERPETUAL TROPHY - “Clubman of the Year” by ballot at the AGM: Owen Nix
Kim Bailey was acknowledged this year for her club contribution. Kim has been a member of BRC for 12 years and has co-ordinated the hall hire for the last 3 years. About 40 functions a year are held at the club, bringing in an additional revenue of $25 - $30 000. Great work Kim!. If you are interested in hiring the hall, details are available on the BRC website or contact Kim 

Last week with great pleasure BRC placed orders for three new single sculls and three ex demonstrator wave cutters from Race1 boat builders, Ultimo. These six boats will go a long way towards renewing our fleet of singles plus give us extra ability to handle scullers at the very start of their careers. The three new singles include two club class boats for training and racing and one Olympic Class boat for going fast and winning races. These boats have been made possible through a number of generous donations to the ASF boat fund as well as the support of Allan Philips of Race1, an old alumni of BRC. Allan has matched dollar for dollar BRCs fundraising up to $10,000 to help us maintain our fleet. We hope to see these boats in the shed in the coming months. I for one am excited about taking them for a spin! Nick Mac

The fund raising team are organising a comedy night. Last year's event was a lot of fun. It will be a great night out and all money raised helps support the club. All donations for the silent auction will be much appreciated!. If you are able to help please contact Juliette or Victoria  Tickets: $35 Adults, $30 Juniors. Includes entertainment and food. Cash bar.

Australia's LTA mixed coxed 4 in training at the World Champs in Aiguebelette, France. (Balmain's Jeremy McGrath no 3 seat). See them in action
Jeremy McGrath competed in the LTA Mixed Coxed Four along with Kathleen Murdoch and Josephine Burnand (cox) from NSW. The crew had a tough regatta, competing in a new category but continued to improve throughout the week. They finished 3rd place in the B Final and 9th overall in the event. The top 8 crews qualify for the Paralympics so very unlucky that they just missed out but they are to be congratulated on a fantastic effort.  The margin between 2nd (FRA) and 3rd (AUS) in the B Final was 3.06 seconds.  There is still a chance for Australia to qualify in this event (a top 2 placing required) at the Paralympic Qualification Regatta, Gavirate, Italy, held between 22-25 April 2016. 
Connie Chu has kindly offered to take over the running of the BRC shop from Barbara Ramjan. Barbara established the shop in 2005. Prior to that members had to source and order their own zooties. A big thank you Barbara for providing this service for the last 10 years and making available the current range of items: BRC SHOP. If you would like to place an order please email Shop

Wifi is now available at the club house.
Many thanks to Liam James for organising.
Password: tigerOars  
Congratulations Barbara!
Barbara Ramjan was awarded Volunteer Community Sport Administrator of the Year at the Community Sports Volunteer Awards, hosted by Sport NSW on 21 August. Barbara’s efforts with para rowing in NSW are unparalleled and she has been instrumental in the state’s rise to the top of Australia’s para rowing table. Pictured with Tim Waunman, Volunteer Official of the Year and Bruce Williams, (St George RC) volunteer Coach of the Year.
Welcome New Members

A big welcome to all our new members:
Aimee Clarke, Bernard le Riche, Jemima Wood, Sacha Thomas, Marlow Kirkby, Antoine Espinet, Scott Bickford, Natasha Jacquot, Charlotte Sandell, Virginia Sandell, Tobias Inhelder, Pip Bulbeck and Carolina Velosa.

2015/16 BRC Committee 
At the AGM on 21 June our leadership team was elected for the comming year:
President: Joe Grech
Captain: Renate Ijpma
Vice Captain: Lara Frolchenko
Boat Master: Nick MacDonald
Treasurer: Mark Thompson
Secretary: Maria Oconnor
Committee Members: Juliette Annand, Kim Bailey, Connie Chu, Emma Forsdick, Bob Greaves, Rose Russell and Melita Stimpson.
Running a rowing club is a big job! Unlike a gym, where you have paid staff to do the work, we're a community club, so we need everyone to help out. Lots of our members contribute - you know who you are, thank you - but others are less forthcoming.
This year, we'd like to see every BRC member, including our juniors and their parents giving some of their time to the club.  A list of areas to get involved in is on the noticeboard or please contact Renate for more information. 

TigerOars helps promote BRC as an active and vibrant community club. It also supports fund raising and sponsorship opportunities. If you would like to share a story, interesting rowing fact or an achievement on or off the water we'd love to hear from you. Email tigeroars

Photo: Peter Morenus/UConn
Sat 26 Sept
NSW Time Trial #1 - Nepean
Sat 26 Sept
Nepean Rowing Club Regatta 
Sat 10 Oct
North Shore Head - Lane Cove
Sat 17 Oct 
RNSW Spring Regatta - SIRC
Sat 24 Oct 
NSW Time Trial #2 - Nepean
Sun 25 Oct
Iron Cove Classic #1 - Leichhardt
Back to Balmain Day - Elkington Park
Sat 31 Oct 
Head of the Paramatta
Frid 6 Nov 
Comedy Night - BRC
Sun 8 Nov
Iron Cove Classic #2 - Balmain
Sat 21 Nov
NSW Time Trial #3 - Nepean
RNSW Regatta - SIRC
Sun 22 Nov
Iron Cove Classic #3 - Drummoyne
Sat 28 Nov
Head of the Yarra - Melbourne
Thursdays 7pm $12 

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2015/2016 YEAR PLANNER

ISSUE 1 November 2014
ISSUE 2 February 2015
ISSUE 3 May 2015

A snapshot of BRC's colourful history compiled by our resident archivist, Beverley Malone: