As the season is about to start, remember that to be able to race you MUST be registered with RNSW. If you are not, your name cannot be selected when doing the entry, which means, the entry cannot go in. This is pretty much black and white, so get on with it asap (if you intend to race!). This is true for recreational rowers as well who intend to participate to the Iron Cove Classic series.

Send your entries to Anna Cico.


We’ve just got some great news.
We have been successful in securing a grant from the government to assist in the repair of the wooden deck leading to the floating pontoon. Work is expected to start in a few weeks’ time. This is a much needed repair that will ensure the deck is safe for all. Of course there will be some disruption but the contractor tells us that they should be able to do the job in two halves so as to keep us rowing all the way through construction.
More news on dates to come.

Iron Cove Corporate and LTR Regatta

It has been decided to move the Corporate Regatta, scheduled for Sunday 4th September, from SIRC to Iron Cove. This is due to the somewhat smaller numbers participating this year and also to the fact that an Iron Cove regatta will allow participants to get away for a Fathers Day lunch.

We will need a solid turnout from all club members as there are many things to do to ensure that the regatta is safe and fun for the corporates and the latest batch of Learn To Rows. Please block out Sunday morning in your diaries and be prepared to lend a hand with the event which is so important to our club’s ongoing financial security. A lot of work has been done already by coaches, organisers, tinny drivers, coxes and others. Now it’s your turn to pitch in. Please write to Justin, Marcus, Matt B, or Anna Cico with your availability.

New Boat Launching Times

Tuesday, Thursday and the weekend, the pontoon is to be clear between 5.15-5.30, and 6.30-6.45 for PLC. Next week will be a transition week with the first week of September to be in full swing. So please take advantage of the earlier sunrise and allow the girls to get to school in time.

Wednesday Time Trial

Our Tuesday Time Trial is moving to Wednesday; meet at UTS @ 5.45 for a 5km race against you fellow club members.


The under 21s squad is about to have a competition and prizes to rename the squad. A link will shortly go up on the LRC private group for suggestions.

Year’s Racing Objectives

We are trying to race this season more effectively and actually training for races rather than racing in every single race at every regatta. For the men, if you have not done so already, please contact Dean or Ben with your objectives. For the women, please let Anna know what you’re planning on racing this season. From this we can then allocate more effectively boats for squads. If you do not submit your plans, your boat allocation and racing may be compromised.

Boat Maintenance Week 27 aug – 3 Sept

On the Boat Roster schedule, there is a name associated with each boat for maintenance. Could these people please ensure that the boat they are responsible for is cleaned and brought back up to standard as outlined in the manual. Please let Bob know what spare parts are required.

Once the maintenance has been done, could you please advise Bob or Matt. If you regularly use a specific boat please make contact with the boat captain so that you can assist in rallying the troops in getting this sorted for the racing season. We are giving you a week to get this done.

Committee Nominations for 2016/17

Nominations for committee members for the next financial year closed on 18th August. We have received valid nominations for all positions and voting will take place at the AGM on Sunday morning 10.00am 28th August.

Here is a brief overview of the nominees in their words.

Justin Milne – nominating for President
My day job is as a Non Executive Director. I am Chairman of MYOB and NetComm Wireless. I’m also on the boards of NBNCo, Tabcorp, ME Bank and SMS Technology. During my executive career I ran BigPond, OzEmail and the Microsoft Network. Rowing for me started at school (St Peters Adelaide) and then suffered a 40 year hiatus. It has been revived by LRC and the rowing I’ve done here with a number of other old men who also find it difficult to act their age.

Marcus Trimble – nominating for Vice President

Marcus is an architect and a director of Bennett and Trimble a partnership that was established in 2009 to contribute to a broad range of projects, from large strategic masterplans to minor interventions in the public and private domain. Marcus organised Pecha Kucha Sydney, a public forum for creative industries, and has held teaching positions at the University of Sydney, the University of NSW and currently at UTS.
He is the recipient of the NSW Board of Architects Design Medal and the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship.Marcus came to rowing through the Learn to Row program at Leichhardt in 2012 has been rowing at the club since.

Matt Bourke – nominating for Captain

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.

Geoff Rich – nominating for Secretary.
Geoff is a barrister and has been a member of Leichardt rowing club for about 20 years. He has and continues to benefit from the expert coaching of many members of the club for which he is very grateful. He enjoys coaching the club juniors which he has now been doing for several years.
He is a member of the Rex crew which is without doubt the most stable and committed crew in the club and he is our current secretary.

Gordon Cooper – nominating for Assistant Secretary
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.

Anna Cicognani – nominating for Vice Captain Women
Anna is the CEO of a NZX listed Company (GEO) and involved in a number of other projects as a technology advisor. 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. Before rowing, 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.

Dean Patterson – nominating for Vice Captain Men
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.

Lauren Rizzuto – nominating for Junior Vice Captain
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.

Simon Miller – nominating for Treasurer
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.

Alex Kempson – nominating for Assistant Treasurer
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 ‘’ and refurbishing an old yacht.

Christine Seeliger – nominating for Regatta Secretary
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.

Bob Kelsall – nominating for Committee Member Boats
Retired from technical carreer in OTC / Telstra International, Project manager LSE Technology & Leightons, Bus operator State Transit
currently casual driver local council & Dept Ed.
Sporting background in SLSC and swimming
Love rowing and hope to exceed this seasons achievements
Enjoy and have the time tinkering small boat repairs and maintenance
Not a magician just a worker

David Cowlishaw – nominating for 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.

Annalisa Armitage – nominating for Committee Member
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 2 years ago 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 ( through which she helps people to find ways to always look fabulous. She set up this business 10 years ago after a career in training, process improvement and creating cultural change in large organisations such as Westpac, Telstra and GE Capital.


  • 20 August, Scullers’ Head of the Nepean
  • 28 August, 3 Rivers mini-marathon, Port Macquarie
  • 28 August, LRC AGM
  • 3 September , Head of the Nepean
  • 4 September, LRC Corporate and Learn to Row Regatta, Iron Cove
  • 10 September, Indoor Rowing Championships, DRC
  • 11 September, Henley on Hunter
  • 17 September, Head of the Shoalhaven
  • 17 September, Shoalhaven Sprints
  • 15 October, Trivia night