The 2018/19 Committee

President, Steven Duff



Started rowing at school in Victoria back in 1971 for The Geelong College. Competed for the Head Of The River and have loved the sport ever since. Rowed at Uni then took 20 years off due to work and family life. Joined Leichhardt in 1999 through his daughter’s involvement rowing at Pymble. Since then been on Committee four times, sucker for punishment. By day I am a Restaurateur and own City Extra.

Vice-President, Dean Patterson

Started rowing in 1971 progressed to Joey’s eight onto NSW youth eight and then onto Sydney Uni 8 and pair. When triathlons arrived I jumped sports in 1983 doing over 100, including 9 Australian ironman champs and 3 Hawaii ironman world champs. Decided to retire from competitive sport. Masters rowing fitted the bill, being more relaxed and I find it handy to keep the fat suit off, hopefully after decades of sport I learnt something of use to the club, otherwise I am a slower learner than I thought.

Captain – Tim Byrne

I learnt to row at Leichhardt Rowing Club in 2013 and have been addicted ever since. I won’t claim any great achievements in the sport to date, other than some cracking calluses on my hands and contributing to the high school education fund of my physio’s daughter. The only real achievement that I can claim is that I am definitely fitter and stronger now, as I approach 40 than I was when I approached 20.

Outside of rowing I work in the planning team for Ingham’s, an ASX listed Australian poultry company and am married to a very understanding wife who works in a similarly demanding job. We have a 2 year old son who I am hoping will soon start watching rowing videos on YouTube with me instead of The Wiggles.

Vice-Captain, Men – Isaac Eveleigh

After learning to row at Sydney Boys High, graduating 2011, I joined Leichhardt in 2013, rowing in the open men’s squad ever since. I’ve also spent some time coaching at Sydney High, Joeys, Sydney Women’s, the corporate challenge, and currently the LRC juniors. When I’m not coaching, working as a project engineer, or playing/watching soccer, I enjoy long ergs on the balcony, strong pauses at the finish, and overtaking in the final 500m of a race.

Vice-Captain, Women – Daniela Borgert

I have been involved in rowing since 1988 when I started as a coxswain at Drummoyne RC and moved to Leichhardt in 1989 with my rowing coach and squad. I spent the next few years absolutely loving my rowing and being part of LRC. Sadly in 1992 my coach tragically past away and with this combined with my last year of high school, I focused on my studies and then Uni. Whilst away from LRC I missed my rowing and whilst I played competitive Hockey it wasn’t the same. I returned to LRC in 2007 and have been rowing ever since. I row all class of boats and have represented LRC from grade regattas right through to all levels of Masters including International level. I currently teach high school students at Kambala, so you will often see me rushing out of the club on weekday mornings to ensure I’m at work in plenty of time for my classes. On weekends I’m a little more relaxed and you’ll probably find me enjoying a chat and cup of tea on our balcony.

Junior Vice-Captain, Alex Lowe

I have been a member of Leichhardt Rowing Club since 2012 when I began training through the learn to row program. Since then, I have trained and competed in numerous regattas representing Leichhardt as well as my old high school, Burwood Girls. I have had the privilege of being coached by some incredible members of the club who have taken me through numerous programs and nurtured my love for the sport. Thanks to the support from those who have taught me, I have gone on to coach learn to row, corporate and junior crews over the last 4 years and am currently coordinating the junior program at Leichhardt.

Secretary – Richard Coleman

I joined LRC over 20 years ago as a PLC parent/recreational rower at the stage when the Club was first starting its very successful joint venture with the College. I have participated over the last 10 years in the Heads races and other NSW Rowing masters’ regattas which have enabled recreational rowers like myself to train and improve their rowing skills in a competitive rowing programme.

I have practised as a corporate lawyer for over 40 years and in semi-retirement continue to practice as Legal Counsel for a small Australian financial institution.

Assistant Secretary – Membership, Heidi Parkes

I came to LRC via the Learn to Row program nearly 7 years ago and I’ve been competing and volunteering ever since.

As a trained scientist I work as the Operations Director for a health research consultancy.

When I’m not at the club (or work) you can find me wrangling two young children (and a Jack Russell terrier).

I’m proud to be a member of such a fantastic community club and look forward to making a further contribution as a member of the committee.

Treasurer – Anna Cicognani


Anna is the founder of TechDD, a technology due diligence advisory practice, and involved in a number of other projects as a technology adviser. She is a Director on the Board of Basketball Australia.
She came to Sydney from Italy in 1995 to do her PhD at Sydney Uni, met an Aussie bloke, Justin Milne, and never left.
She competed for a number of years in athletics when in Italy and came to rowing due to having accumulated too many running injuries. She can mostly be seen paddling the Aldo, a 1x named after her father.

Assistant Treasurer – Greg Norman


Regatta Secretary – Virginia van Ewyk

David Cowlishaw – Building Manager

David is the Managing director and owner of Safin Pty Ltd, a commercial construction Company operating since 1981. Safin builds things like schools and shopping centres. David is married and has 4 daughters who attended Pymble. He first became involved with rowing via the Rex 8 10 years ago when the Rexes won the Hope Cup at LRC. He has been an A Grade Rugby player and is still active as a selector for rugby. He plays a lot of sport.
Nancy Wahlquist – Committee member I started rowing 14 years ago and it is the only sport I have ever known and loved. A true addict I can no longer race but still love the adrenaline of coxing a race and rely on rowing to maintain sanity in this mad world. Rowing gives different things to different people, and different people give different things to our club.

Matt Bourke – Committee member


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