LUOR lunch

LUOR Day Luncheon – Thank you

The committee of LUOR wish to thank the following club members for their generous support last Sunday in assisting with the preparation and clean up of the room and especially in the kitchen with preparing desserts and washing up: Matt Bourke, Roger Graham, Merrilyn James, Jan McClelland, Sandra Triulzi and Doreen Borg.

The day was a tremendous success with the highlight being the Australian Rowing Award Presentation of “The McVilly-Pearce Pin” to LRC living Legends or their surviving family representatives. Our two guest speakers Retired Police Detective Superintendent – Brian Harding and Gillian Campbell – LRC first female Club Captain, Life Member, our last Olympian (1992) had the audience spellbound with their reflections, respectively, on Criminal Investigations (Roger Rogerson) and Life after retirement as the most successful Women’s National Coach from Pymble.

The story of the McVilley-Pearce pins can be found here.

In a nutshell they are awarded only to rowers who have represented Australia at an international level. Recipients of the pins on Sunday included:

  • Lionel Robberds – Rome 1960 and a host of World Championships
  • Murray Riley – Melbourne 1956 and various Empire Games
  • David Anderson – Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956
  • Geoff Williamson – Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956 and Gold at the 1954 Empire Games
  • Mervyn Findlay – Helsinki 1952. Merv was a former Captain of the club.
  • Stuart McKenzie – Silver in the single at the 1956 Olympics and won the diamond sculls at Henley
  • John Harrison – Melbourne 1956
  • Steve Roll – Bronze 1958 Empire Games in the Pair
  • Ken Ralton – 1958 Empire Games Silver in the VIII
  • Victor Schweikert – 1958 Empire Games Silver in the VIII
  • Ralph Curral – 1958 Empire Games Bronze and Silver
  • Peter Waddington – 1958 Empire Games Bronze and Silver
  • Max Annett – Rome 1960
  • Charles Bartlett – two times World Champion in the Light Weight IV in the early 1980’s and a recent Club President
  • Gillian Campbell – World Championships 1990 and 1992 Barcellona Olympics. Gill was also LRC’s first female club captain.
  • Tasmin Angus-Leppan – 1991 World Championships

The winner of the LUOR $400 lucky draw was Noelene Gamble (nee Watson) attending with her crew-mates from the 1950’s Champion Women’s Interstate Coxed Four. The crew won all but one of the Interstate Championship Fours between 1950 -1957 with Lionel Robberds AM QC (Club patron) as Coxswain.

Ross Ullo – our Head Chef – delighted the crowd with another magnificent catering triumph which had everyone filled to the gunwales with a sumptuous dinner.

The club members continuing support at our Annual LUOR days in future years is essential so that we can continue to provide the club executive and members with a variety of equipment & other support as required.


From the Acting Captain – Matt Bourke


Apart from a few items waiting to be hung on the wall, the new gym is complete. A generous donation was accepted for the gym, for which the club is grateful. The old equipment will remain due to strong demand. All equipment – old and new – must be used safely at all times. Please store your weights and wipe down equipment after use.


On the 5th September, we will be welcoming PLC girls back to the shed. The program has been designed this year to only have 2 weekday mornings for training. LRC will need to work harder this year to leave the pontoon clearer in peak times. Times will be posted in coming weeks but please start to think think of Tuesdays and Thursdays as being peak times for PLC and adjust your training times accordingly.

Up and coming season

Could all squads please start to consolidate their objectives for the season. The relevant vice captains will be asking each squad what they will want to be achieving this year. This maybe just the Head or the Yarra or the beginning of the journey to Tokyo 2020. The Club will be happy to support you and we want to know the best way we can do this. Please refer to RNSW website for regattas and think about what your squad to aim for.

Adverse weather

In addition to the wind note a few weeks back, if it’s foggy do not row. If you can’t see the bridge do not put the boat on the water. If the fog does roll in while you’re out, also assess the danger. If you can no longer see a shore line please immediately head to the closest club’s pontoon. If you can’t see the shore, you can’t tell where you are, putting you and other boats at great risk.

Steve’s Health

Members will be interested and relieved to know that Captain Duff is through his heart surgery. It was a long operation and he is still in ICU but doing well. He is expected to go home some time next week where he has been advised to take at least a 3 week spell. We should see him back at the shed during August (so we’d better keep it tidy).

Head of the Hunter

Good luck to those participating to the Head of the Hunter marathon (45km) from Newcastle Rowing Club to Berry Park.

  • Matthew Bourke, Benjamin Adams
  • Anna Cicognani, Christine Seeliger
  • Rhiannon Sandow, Emma Jalalaty, Frederica Gibbes, Olivia Kapocius


Remember that from now on, if you want to race, you MUST have renewed your RNSW membership!

No renewal, no entry.

Club membership due

Fees for the new season are due on the 30th June each year. Each member has 60 days from the 1st of July to pay their fees before their membership expires.


  • 24 July, JB Sharp, Balmain
  • 24 July, Head of the Hunter Marathon (45km)
  • 31 July, JB Sharp, LRC
  • 15 October, Trivia night