The 2017/18 Committee
Muirhead & Associates
Se 1, Great Nth Road
Phone: 8736 3500
|President, Justin Milne
|Justin is the Chair of the ABC, MYOB Ltd and NetComm Wireless Ltd. He is also a Non Executive Director of NBN, Tabcorp, and ME Bank. During his executive career he ran BigPond, OzEmail and the Microsoft Network in Australia. He was a rower at school for St Peters in Adelaide and has returned to rowing in the last few years.|
|Vice-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 daughter’s involvement rowing at Pymble. Since then been on Committee three times, sucker for punishment. By day I am a Restaurateur and own City Extra.|
|Captain – Matt Bourke
|During the non rowing hours, I spend my time either on a building site or at desk designing high end retail shops and shopping centres throughout the Asia Pacific region. My experience in project management means I’m used to working as part of a team, managing and delegating tasks, taking on board input and ideas from other professionals and to drawing together specialist knowledge and experience to achieve a common goal. I started rowing at Glebe Rowing Club where I was the property master and got the new pontoon built and doubled the boat capacity within the club. I also took on the role as convener in 2013 for the JB Sharp Series. At Leichhardt, I have also been Property Master for the past year and also helped with the introduction of the twilight recreational training program, which currently has 10 members. Rowing has enabled me to meet some great people. I love the camaraderie and the spirit of rowing people, and the rowing quirks that we all have.|
|Vice-Captain, Women – Anna Cicognani||Anna is the CEO of a NZX listed Company (GEO) 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 Justin 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.
|Vice-Captain, Men – Dean Patterson||Started rowing in 1971 progressed to joeys eight onto nsw youth eight and then onto Sydney Uni 8 and pair . When triathlons arrived 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.|
|Junior Vice-Captain, Lauren Rizzuto||I joined LRC in July 2013, along with two other girls from my school with Steve Duff as my very first coach. I’m a full time student at MSCW and with a part time job at my local cafe. I’ve competed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 schoolgirl head of the river. I’ve raced at State and coxed a U17 mix boys quad at nationals in 2015 and this year I was second in the state for CWU12 4+. I’ve seen the Juniors program change a lot over the past four years so I know what works and what doesn’t work.|
|Secretary – Geoff Rich
||By day I am a barrister but earlier in the mornings at about 5 AM, I am a keen rower who continues to enjoy the camaraderie of rowing and competing as a member of an enthusiastic (if not somewhat eccentric) crew. I have benefited from being coached by a generous, skilled and highly patient group of coaches over the last 20 years at Leichhardt and they must accept some responsibility for my technique whether they want to or not.|
|Assistant Secretary – Gordon Cooper||Gordon has been working in IT since 1983, spending many a day driving a desk and having long lunches. Although he was keen on sport, participation in most strenuous activities was impossible due to a knee injury he suffered at 18 and his waistline was a testament to this. As luck would have it Gordon was introduced to rowing through the LRC Corporate Challenge 2014. He instantly fell in love with rowing as it offered a mixture of competitive competition along with its strong social aspects. Some of the highlights of his rowing career have been winning in his favourite Quad at the Drummoyne Masters, racing the full 2kms in the Men’s B Grade 8+ at SIRC and experiencing the lead up, the race and the post celebrations of the HOTY 2015. Since joining the club, Gordon has experienced a surprising level of generosity from many of the senior members of LRC, who have willingly given up their time to coach his crews or provide advice (many times over a coffee on the balcony). He feels that it’s only appropriate to return some of this generosity to those members and to the rest of LRC by taking up this role as Assistant Secretary.|
|Treasurer – Simon Miller||Simon is a Partner with The Boston Consulting Group, a role where he helps some of Australia’s largest companies solve some of their trickiest problems. He was dragooned into a Corporate Challenge crew in 2014 and according to the coach, looked absolutely petrified at being in a boat. But Simon fell in love with being on the water and now rows almost incessantly and is happiest skimming along Iron Cove in a single scull as the sun rises. He now competes regularly in regattas for LRC in the single, quad and eight and had five wins (and lots of places) in the last season. He is enthusiastic to be Treasurer to both ‘give something back’ to the Club and to contribute his business skills to supporting the management of the Club’s finances.|
|Assistant Treasurer – Alex Kempson||Alex began his rowing career with Leichhardt Rowing Club in 2014. Sponsored by Fujitsu Australia as part of the corporate learn-to-row program and coached by Tim Tindale. Alex is competitive, has a love of the outdoors, enjoys sport and fitness and doesn’t like driving across the city in peak-hour traffic, rowing just seemed to be a logical lifestyle fit. Today, Alex is a competitive member, rowing in almost every and any event possible, gaining valuable race experience and learning from the more experienced rowers at the club. Outside of LRC, Alex is active with many hobbies including 4WD’ing, camping, running a small business ‘gameofthrows.com.au’ and refurbishing an old yacht.|
|Regatta Secretary – Christine Seeliger
|In normal life, I am a research scientist working in cancer research at the Garvan Institute. I spend my days developing computer models of cancer development in the Bone. Although I have been in touch with rowing since school, I only started it properly at University in England, rowing the annual Lents and May Bumps in Cambridge as well as the Oxford – Cambridge Boat Races. I joined Leichardt two years ago,when I moved to Sydney and have been competing in all sorts of club and masters races up to National level. I also travel internationally to take part in regattas and races such as the Head of the Charles last year and World Masters FISA Regatta this year. I think by now I have been to most of the regattas the club regularly attends and I enjoy the competitive side of rowing quite a bit, so I think I can give back to the club for all of its support since I am with LRC by joining the committee as regatta secretary and help out with the organization of its competitive side.|
|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.|
|Boats and Oars – Bob Kelsall||Medically retired communications / Electronic Engineer and project manager for OTC / Telecom / Telstra / LSE Technology and Leightons.
Currently semi retired handyman and bus driver.
Handle most of the small repair jobs on boats and tinies, coordinate repairs of a larger order and organise regular maintenance.
In need of a companion.
|Annalisa Armitage – Committee member, liaison for Recreationals||Annalisa was the first captain of Rowing at Melbourne Girls Grammar and rowed for year 11 and 12 in 1980/81. It was a small squad and they rowed out of the Melbourne University boat sheds on the Yarra. She was stroke of the 1st 4 (that sounds weird – we didn’t have an 8) and competed in a coxed pair. There was no sculling back then and if you see her with ‘one too many oars’ you’ll know why it looks so unco-ordinated. She took up rowing again in 2014 after her step daughter started rowing at MLC and they ran a parents fund raiser regatta.
When she’s not on the water she has her own business (www.myimageconsultant.com.au) through which she helps people to find ways to always look fabulous.
Muirhead & Associates
Se 1, Great Nth Road
Phone: 8736 3500