This Week @ LRC – 17 August 2018

Thanks to all who helped

Big thanks to all those who helped over the past 2 weekends, especially to Steve Mattani.
We’re not there yet though. In about a month’s time with some new racks coming, the club will be transformed, looking good and absolutely nothing on the floor.

Committee Positions

Candidates standing for election where positions are contested, are providing short descriptions of themselves and the reasons why they want to stand.

Nancy Wahlquist
As a few of you have noticed, I do like to get things done. Since Steve Duff asked me to take care of some of the upstairs some 2 years ago, I have found my niche at the club. However, I know I can be far more effective if I am on the committee.
Not only have I often felt left in the dark about what direction the club wants to go in, particularly regarding expenditure, but I cannot act on matters such as the removal of the trees now leaning against the clubhouse if I have no position of authority.
If elected I would work to have a survey of the members to find out what they would like regarding squads and coaching. Rowing is such an important part of most of our lives I think it is time to again ask what you want, keeping in mind the difficulties we have had in the past with employing and holding onto coaches.
I would also work to improve communications between the committee and the members by way of the LRC Weekly. An editorial policy may be required.
Along with attending to some of the many jobs around the clubhouse, I also would like to ensure that the interests of the less competitive members of the club are respected, as we have a lot to contribute both financially and to the life and running of the club.
I have been on the committee on 2 previous occasions in the last 10 years, so bring historical knowledge to the role. With experience as a director of a working co-operative I also know I am a good listener and will take seriously my responsibility to act as a collaborative representative of the interests of all members of this community club.

Isaac Eveleigh

Hi, I’m Isaac, I’ve been at Leichhardt since 2013 and row in the younger men’s squad, currently the “C Sharks/Bullcups”, as well as coaching the juniors, and a corporate challenge crew. In non-rowing life, I am a project engineer for an electrical/civil construction company. I’m probably most identifiable at the shed to those few I don’t know by my inclinations towards long ergs, lifting weights, and my orange hat.

I’ve nominated myself for the role of committee member without portfolio for the coming season, with the hope of being able to better serve the club, both in the coming season, and hopefully years to come. While relatively young, I’ve dug deep into the wider Sydney rowing community, coaching at two GPS schools since finishing school, one of which as coach of the 1st IV, as well as at SW/MLC, and the LRC juniors (they’re killing it at the moment). I also run the lactate testing program at the club, and am a level 1 accredited coach. I am keen to develop what I’ve learnt so far to continue better contributing to the club. The club should be not only a place where we find boats, but the hub of a network of squads, not just keeping to themselves except to quip about stolen trestles and boat allocations, but to enjoy being at the same shed, working together to make the rowing experience one everyone can enjoy to their hearts’ and legs’ content. While this can’t be forced, I would be keen to make use of a role on committee to make this sort of positive culture a defining feature of LRC, and I am excited to be part of making the sheds a better place.

Christiaan Fitzsimon

I have been an active member of the club over the past 3 decades and for most of that that time served on the committee in one way or another and have enjoyed this time. With a very young family I had to step away from the club to dedicate my time to family. The boys are a little older now and I am very focused on servicing the club again, given the opportunity. We are a very strong club, one we can all be proud of, I look forward to continuing this strong position for when my boys are old enough to enjoy the sport that has given me so much in my life.

Pravin Radhakrishnan

In addition to the regular responsibilities of a regatta secretary, I’d also like to spend the forthcoming season making your regatta experiences much more efficient. Less time spent boat-loading or wondering whether your quad was used as a four in the last race, means more time to focus on the races that are important to you, or to just get everything finished and packed up earlier.

I’ve been coaching at LRC since 2013, and I’m currently coaching two competitive squads on weekday mornings. You can catch me on the pontoon on most weekday mornings (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri) if you want to have a chat, or just shoot through a message on Facebook.

Richard Coleman
Nomination for position of Secretary

I have been an active Competing Senior member of LRC for over 20 years.
I commenced as a recreational rower at the stage when the Club was first starting its joint venture with Pymble Ladies College and was a PLC parent enthusiastically participating with Wade Hewett in the development of fundraising regattas and the early days of the corporate regatta programme. I arranged for my then employer to field a corporate crew for many years. I have participated over the last 10 years in the Heads races other NSW Rowing regattas which have enabled recreational rowers to train in a competitive rowing programme.
I am a lawyer practising for most of my career in corporate and commercial law as a corporate counsel, for many years as Deputy to the General Counsel of CBA. Since my retirement from my full time position 9 years ago I have held the part time role of Legal Counsel to an Australian bank subsidiary of an overseas bank and I was the Company Secretary of that bank between 2011 and 2013 in addition to the Legal Counsel role. I have also been the Secretary to other voluntary organisations.
I therefore have substantial experience in governance processes and corporate constitutional matters from a legal and company secretarial perspective.

Virginia van Ewyk
I have been a member of Leichhardt Rowing Club for close to ten years, during which time I’ve been an active racing competitor, have coached and created communications for our Corporates, and held the role of Regatta Secretary for two years. Over the years, I have drawn together and co-ordinated numerous crews, both for myself and for other rowers, spanning everything from novice grade racing to World Masters Games and masters nationals crews. Through competing over the years and rowing in composite crews, I have a good working relationship with other Bay and NSW Clubs. I have also maintained a strong relationship with Rowing NSW, working with them to review outdated documents and clarify the principals for premiership points. Tragically, I now know way too much about the Laws of Boat Racing! Leichhardt has always been known as a racing club, but over the past couple of years we seem to have lost our racing mojo. If the Regatta Secretary is more strategic, proactive and communicative, we can work the system, build crews, get more boats to the start line and put more points on the board. Let’s maximise the potential of our membership, revitalise our competitive club spirit and bring the Premiership Shield back to Leichhardt.



  • 4 August to 1 September – Corporate Challenge
  • 26 August, Sunday – AGM, 10am at the Club
  • 1 September, Saturday – Corporate regatta at SIRC
  • 8 September, Saturday – Lane Cove Head, 4+ and 8+ only, 6.5km
  • 15 September, Saturday – indoor rowing championships, DRC
  • 16 September, Sunday – Head of the Nepean (big boats), 5km
  • 22 September – Head of the Shoalhaven, 6.5km
  • 7 October, Sunday – Iron Cove Classic #1
  • 13 October, Saturday – RNSW Spring Regatta, SIRC
  • 20 October, Saturday – Head of the Parramatta
  • 4 November, Sunday – Iron Cove Classic #2