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National Training Centres

Rowing Australia’s High Performance Plan, CampaignNumberOne, was formulated after extensive consultation across a wide range of stakeholders.  CampaignNumberOne sets out how Australia will become the world’s number one rowing nation.

The underpinning recommendation of CampaignNumberOne was the establishment of two national training centres for senior athletes. This  is a significant departure from current practice but a necessary step if we are serious about achieving our vision to be the world’s number one rowing nation. It will enable Australian rowing to have:

  • A sharper focus on true podium potential athletes.
  • Competitive tension in the daily training environment.
  • Better informed and more efficient crew selections.
  • More certainty for athletes, who can plan their education and employment around a known long-term training base.
  • World-leading coaches and support staff.
  • A strong team culture.

Our National Training Centres (NTC) are gender specific with the men training in Canberra at the Reinhold Batschi NTC and the women in Penrith at the Hancock Prospecting National Training Centre.

The Reinhold Batschi NTC utilise the facilties at the Rowing Australia head office and the world class training opportunity offered by Lake Burley Griffin.

The Hancock Prospecting NTC boat shed and base is located on the banks of the Nepean River. This world class water way and quick access to the Sydney 2000 Olympic legacy venue of the Sydney International Regatta Centre provides the ideal training environment for our female athletes.

The Performance Director oversees the programs.

National Training Centre athletes are listed here.

Rowing Australia National Training Centres

A list of the Rowing Australia National Training Centres and their Key Personnel are listed below:

To contact a member of staff, please visit the Contact Us page. 


Men’s National Training Centre Head Coach: Rhett Ayliffe

Men’s Senior Coach: Mark Prater

Men’s Senior Coach: Lyall McCarthy 

Also based at the centre are the following personnel:

Senior Para Rowing Coach: Gordon Marcks

Head Pathways Coach: Jason Lane 


Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre Head Coach: John Keogh

Women’s Senior Coach: Tom Westgarth

Women’s Senior Coach: Ellen Randell