Head of the Charles Regatta, Rowers in eights await the start, Cambridge, Massachusetts, New England, USA, North America

ICC #2 – this Sunday

Good luck to all competing this Sunday in the 2nd ICC. Please keep the pontoon flowing and be aware of the girls from Pymble when launching.

Yarra fees

Pay your seat fees for Yarra asap through the online shop.

Head of the Parramatta

Please send your entries to Anna Cico now for the Parramatta Head. If you prefer to enter them in the racing spreadsheet, please do so, but please let AnnaC know via email as well. For access to the spreadsheet, please ask Matt.

Instagram account

Could the owner of the LRC Instagram account please make themselves known to Matt? We are trying to do more social media but it’s a bit hard when we don’t know who owns the account.


Boat Maintenance month again, could squad captains please ensure their allocated boats are maintained with Bob or Matt approving as being done. We have a few from the September session as not being completed. Remember pitching and slide adjustments is not maintaining a boat. Its about getting it clean and free of salt.


Right now January seems like a long way off, but it comes on fast so you might start thinking about Taree.

Each year LRC has a pretty good presence there and usually we pick up a bag of points which count double towards the premiership. In fact strong participation at Taree and Shoalhaven are very important. So while your HotY crews are together and training hard, canvass with them the idea of coming to Taree and competing in a variety of races on the mighty Manning River.

If you decide to come you will need to book accommodation early to ensure you have a place to stay. We will have a club dinner on Saturday night. It’s a great weekend of racing.

Indoor Championships

Entries close on 30 October. Have a look at the website.

Last call for the Premiership shirts

We will be having them printed up in one lot early next week so don’t miss out!
Orders can be made via our website and if you still want to try one on for size you may get lucky and catch Rhiannon with the samples.

Anne Parbury’s lost Icebreaker jacket

It’s black and grey and was lost about 3 weeks ago.

Life Member’s Corner – Lionel Robberds AM, QC

Awarded Life Membership in 1984. Patron of Leichhardt Rowing Club 2008

Lionel at age nine, was identified as having coxswain potential (i.e. giving tactical instructions and steering) and after an intensive training regime, steered the Leichhardt Lightweight Four oared 1949 crew to a NSW Championship win. Lionel, realised many state and national championship wins from 1951 in both Lightweight and heavyweight events.

Leichhardt was the first Men’s Rowing Club to admit women with full voting rights. Barely eleven years of age, Lionel was the coxswain of the NSW Ladies four oared crew, winning the Interstate Championship from 1951 to 1953, second place in 1954 and winning from 1955 to 1957. Up to that time, Australian Rowing at International level had focussed on “heavyweight” men’s events.

By 1950, Professor Frank Cotton of Sydney University, had developed a strong interest in support of athletic physiology and muscle power output as well as a Rowing Machine referred to as an “ergometer”. His close association with Leichhardt Rowing Club, its coaches and of course, Lionel Robberds, introduced young “heavyweight guinea pigs” to the sport. An era of well documented State, National and International success followed with Lionel as a national representative coxswain, adding to his other frequent NSW State and Interstate Championship wins.

At the 1954 Empire Games in Vancouver, Canada, he was coxswain of the gold medal coxed Australian Four, ahead of New Zealand and England.

Since 1920, the eight oar championship of Australia (The Kings Cup) has been the premier national rowing event, a competition between all states. Lionel, as coxswain of the NSW State Championship Men’s heavyweight eight from 1953 to 1955 was heavily involved in the Australian representative selections for the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. Although beaten by the Victorian Eight and with members of his crew assigned to coxless events in the selection process, he was not discouraged.

The 1957/58 season again with Lionel as coxswain and with the majority of his crew from Leichhardt they achieved Australian representation at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff winning a bronze medal behind England and Canada in the coxed fours and a silver medal in the eight oared crew behind Canada.

To the surprise of many in the 1958/59 Rowing Season, Lionel with the Australian single scull champion Steve Roll, actually rowed in the double scull and won the State Championship in that class of boat.

1959 was the last occasion where the Kings Cup was run over three miles. Lionel, as NSW coxswain of the State Champion Eight took the New South Wales crew to a National win for the first time since 1951. Following Olympic trials, held both in Penrith NSW and Ballarat Victoria for the 1960 Olympic Australian rowing team, Lionel was the coxswain of the only Australian crew to make a final in Rome. – The Coxed Fours.
It was not until 1962 that a full open Australian championship Regatta was first held, involving many more boat classes and rowing classifications. Lionel’s range of Championship wins and national representation as a coxswain over the period 1951 -1964 will always be considered exceptional and possibly unique.

Lionel continued competition in State Championship events and was chosen to be the coxswain for the State Eight in 1964, achieving a second in the Kings Cup. His continuing international ambition at age 24 then turned to squash both as player and coach.

Out of the boat Lionel had been part of a pro-bono legal scheme for Olympians at the 2000 Games and was at times involved in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. From his position as Captain of the Leichhardt Rowing Club in 1963 to his appointment as Patron of the Club in 2008, and his Australian Honours Award of in 2015, Lionel has given and continues to give much support to the sport.


  • 29 October, Sunday – ICC #2 (eights only)
  • 4 November, Saturday – Head of the Parramatta
  • 4-12 November – Australian Indoor Rowing Championships
  • 12 November, Sunday –  ICC #3 (eights only) – Final regatta of the series, hosted by LRC
  • 2 December, Saturday – Reindeer Regatta, SIRC
  • 3 December, Sunday – NSW Sprint Championships
  • 12-14 January 2018, Friday to Sunday – Taree Summer Regatta
  • 27 January, Saturday – Small Boats regatta