Leichhardt Rowing Club

This Week @ LRC – 3 November 2017

Washington Rowing Crew – 1911

Boat licence books

Margaret Bailey has a couple of handbooks and logbooks from RMS for those members interested in gaining their boat drivers licence.
There are a few licensed members willing to take people out to get the 3 trips and safety check required for their licence.
Please contact her if you are interested.
It is a good thing to have a boat licence!

Iron Cove Classic #3 – hosted by LRC

The last of the ICC series is on Sunday 12 November and it is hosted by us.
We have most of the volunteers sorted (and a BBQ coming!), but please we still need tinny drivers and companions. The tinnies are VERY important in this race as they mark the course and ensure the safety of the race.
Please email AnnaC if you are available.

Blades – from Matt

  • Blades should have little contact with ground as possible
  • Don’t lift blades out of boat and tap end of handle on pontoon, loosens screws inside (Goldies learnt that lesson this morning)
  • Do not pile your blades on top of another crews, only 1 set of viii blades on each side of pontoon, rest to ramp for safety reasons
  • Do not throw or drag blades when cleaning them
  • Concept blades will be left in Melbourne after Yarra for refurbishing and painting.

Yarra fees – due now!

Pay your seat fees for Yarra asap through the online shop.

Life Member’s Corner – Steve Roll, since 1961

Following his introduction to Rowing at Leichhardt in 1952 weighing 10 stone 13 pounds, Steve, encouraged by Leichhardt’s successful representation at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics competed in both Lightweight and Heavyweight State and National championships from 1952 to 1975 in all classes of boat. He competed in 69 NSW Championship events for 44 wins, 15 2nds and 7 3rds in both weight divisions. It was in 1958, that at the State Championships, then held over 3 miles, that Steve took out on the same day both the State Scull heavyweight as well as a member of the winning heavyweight Eight Championship. Weeks later he won the Australian Championship Sculls (the President’s Cup), and competed for Australia at the 1958 Commonwealth Games at Cardiff in the Coxless Pairs, after a demanding selection process in both coxless fours and the pairs.

NB (NSW Lightweight Rowing officially commenced in 1922 with the other States following some time later. It wasn’t until 1948 that a special challenge race between Victoria and NSW resulted in a complete Leichhardt crew win. In 1949 the then Australian Amateur Rowing Council included a Lightweight four oared event at the Kings Cup Regatta; on that occasion on the Nepean River, and hence the LW4 thereafter was referred to as the “Penrith Cup” having an individual weight limit of 10 stone 10 pounds (now 72.5kg but not exceeding a 70kg average crew)

During his return from the Commonwealth Games and whilst visiting relatives in the USA (Steve’s Dad was born there) Steve won the Middle States Sculling Championship.

His marriage, to Hazel North (a Leichhardt Women’s Club Champion and State representative) complemented his role as Club Captain in years 1958 and 1961, when he stroked the winning Australian Penrith Cup Lightweight Four. Steve and Hazel raised their family in nearby Fivedock.

It was in the same year (1961) recognition of Club Life Membership was also awarded to his fellow lightweight champions Derek Docherty, Len McPherson (coxswain) and his great friend Bob Stone (President 1986 -2001) as well as their long time and dedicated Coach Bert Harding. (Deceased).

By 1966, Steve had accepted the position of Secretary Manager of the then newly licensed Haberfield Rowing Club, whilst continuing to support Leichhardt through a record marathon row to Manly and return in a Tub Pair with Barry Moynahan; with Fred Fullerton 116 miles in 22 hours down the Hawkesbury and later single sculling from Newcastle to Sydney Harbour in 18.5 hours. Steve was also a major player in the instigation and development of Masters’ Rowing within NSW. In 1970 he was awarded the Western Suburbs Leagues Club Award for outstanding sporting achievement.

On Hazel’s passing, Steve made a significant financial donation to the Club, at the same time assisting with telephone book deliveries by way of his courier business. He was sought by St. Joseph’s College as their new sculling coach; by boat builders for the carriage of racing shells, and eventually by the Benedictine Monastery in New Norcia, WA. for the care, surprisingly, of their vineyard. Steve’s strong Christian Ethics and support from friends had encouraged his new vocation as a Benedictine Brother. This was his home for several years followed by sculling coaching on the new Champion Lakes International Centre in Western Australia.

As a coach Steve had assisted State Champion winners here in NSW in 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1975 again across mostly small boat racing including Australian Championships.

On his return to NSW, in recent years, Steve has undertaken extensive research on Rowing in support of Andrew Guerin’s Australian Rowing History. He continues to coach and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow rowers at Leichhardt, and commutes between the Central Coast, where he lives with his daughter and granddaughter, and LRC where it all began in 1952. He needed little encouragement to coach and compete at Henley (England) Masters, along with other Leichhardt tragics in 2016.

Dates

  • 4 November, Saturday – Head of the Parramatta
  • 4-12 November – Australian Indoor Rowing Championships
  • 12 November, Sunday –  ICC #3 (eights only) – Final regatta of the series, hosted by LRC
  • 25 November, Saturday – Head of the Yarra
  • 2 December, Saturday – Reindeer Regatta, SIRC
  • 3 December, Sunday – NSW Sprint Championships
  • 12-14 January 2018, Friday to Sunday – Taree Summer Regatta
  • 27 January, Saturday – Small Boats regatta