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Colonial First State Sports Boost helps developing rowing coaches

Money received by Rowing Australia going towards female and para-rowing coach development

Rowing Australia is delighted to announce that funds received earlier this year from the Colonial First State Sports Boost are being used to further develop female rowing and para-rowing coaches.

The Sports Boost Program is a Colonial First State grassroots initiative designed to reward and support the up-and-coming sports stars of the future while also rewarding their National Sporting Organisation. In June 2015, Rowing Australia was lucky enough to win a $15,000 Sports Boost as part of the initiative, which also saw U23 Australian Rowing Team member Tom Schramko receive $10,000 to assist him in his pursuit of his rowing career.

The 2015 international rowing season saw Rowing Australia appoint five female rowing coaches to all four of its Australian Rowing Teams (Junior, U21, U23 and Senior A), while the past two years has seen Australia ranked as the Number One Para-Rowing nation in the world.

In order to further encourage the growth of female and para-rowing coaches RA has used the CFS Sports Boost funds to offer a variety of Scholarships for coaches to attend the 2015 Rowing Australia Coaches Conference to be held on the Gold Coast from 16 to 18 October.

With seven female coaching scholarships and three para-rowing coaching scholarships to be awarded, each of RA’s member associations were invited to nominate a female rowing coach and a para-rowing coach (subject to various criteria) who would benefit from an all-expenses paid trip to the pinnacle coaching event on Rowing Australia’s calendar.

The seven female rowing coaches who received scholarships to attend the 2015 Rowing Australia Coaches Conference are, Rene Domachenz (ACT), Sarah Cook (NSW), Caitlin Hockings (QLD), Catherine Mcdougall (SA), Kristy Arnold (TAS), Brigette Carlile (VIC) and Elinor Scott (WA).

The following para-rowing coaches have been awarded scholarships to travel to the Gold Coast, Elliott Bowyer (ACT), Chad Pamer (NSW) and Catriona Walker (WA). Information on all these coaches can be found at the end of this release.

The scholarship holders will have the opportunity to hear from some of the best coaches in the world, including keynote speaker Dr Ric Charlesworth AM, Swimming Australia’s Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren and Rowing Australia National Team Performance Director Chris O’Brien. The theme of the conference, ‘The Art and Science of Rowing’ aims to provide a platform for these coaches to grow their careers.

In addition to attending the conference, the female scholars will be hosted for a dinner with one of Australia’s most successful female rowing coaches, Ellen Randell. Ms Randell has coached Australian crews since 1987, in a career that has included 17 World Rowing Championships campaigns and two Olympic Games to date. She has coached four World Rowing Championship-winning crews and two silver-medal-winning World Championship crews.

Rowing Australia’s General Manager – Sport, Jaime Fernandez, said: “The CFS Sports Boost has provided us with an opportunity to give back to the community by enabling 10 up-and-coming coaches to attend the RA Coaches Conference and learn from some of the best rowing and sports coaches in the world.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank Colonial First State for awarding us this grant. The wider rowing community, across our seven member associations, will no doubt benefit greatly from the learnings that these 10 coaches will bring back to them at the conclusion of the conference.”

Colonial First State Executive General Manager, Linda Elkins, said: “Colonial First State is proud to support young and up-and-coming sports stars through the CFS Sports Boost program and I congratulate Rowing Australia on this initiative. Colonial First State appreciates and understands that developing good coaches and leaders is the best way to bring out the best in very talented people.”

About the Scholars

Rene Domachenz (ACT)

A Level 2 qualified coach who is part of the ANU Boat Club. A key driver of youth development in the ACT rowing community and a leading member of ANUBC where she has worked hard to develop the senior rowing program.

Sarah Cook (NSW)

An Olympic rower who represented Australia at two Olympic Games, Cook has recently turned her attention to coaching and has been appointed the Director of Rowing at St Joseph’s College, Sydney. Cook is passionate about rowing and actively works with club coaches to provide a pathway for her school athletes into the club system and beyond.

Caitlin Hockings (QLD)

A young coxswain and coach, Hockings is currently studying at the University of Queensland. She actively coaches with Brisbane Girls Grammar School whilst also mentoring pupils there and works closely with the Head Coach and Senior Women’s coach at the University of Queensland Boat Club.

Catherine Mcdougall (SA)

An experienced rower who began at school level, Mcdougall counts Australian Rowing Team coach Andrew Randell as one of her mentors. The Adelaide Rowing Club member has coached come and try days for club rowers while she has also recently taken a full-time role at Scotch College in Adelaide where she is coaching and also mentoring.

Kristy Arnold (TAS)

Tasmanian Arnold has been a regular competitor with Sandy Bay Rowing Club and has come through the Launceston Church Grammar School rowing program. This 2015/16 season the young coach will be the Senior Girls VIII coach at the Fahan School and hopes to continue to help athletes at school level to assist them to progress through into club rowing and beyond.

Brigette Carlile (VIC)

The Senior Coach at Genezzano and development coach at Mercantile RC, Carlile coaches the Mercantile Youth Female squad. This Victorian coach is in the pipeline to co-coach the Victorian Youth Women’s VIII at this year’s Interstate Regatta.

Elinor Scott (WA)

West Australian Scott is a member of Swan River Rowing Club and coaches at Scotch College, Perth. For Swan River, Scott has coached both National and State Championship crews and the coxswain saw her U17 and U19 crews win two golds and a bronze at the 2015 Sydney International Rowing Regatta.

Elliott Bowyer (ACT)

An active member of the ACT rowing community, Bowyer has been a key driver in the Capital Lakes Rowing Club para-rowing program. While still in the early stages of her coaching career, Bowyer has relished the opportunity to coach para-athletes and at just 19-years-old is the youngest scholarship recipients.

Chad Pamer (NSW)

The current Head Coach at Penrith Rowing Club, Pamer coaches both para and non-para crews. Having coached junior and para-rowing crews at State and National Championships, Pamer is eager to continue to develop and learn from an elite level in a bid to achieve his goal to be selected to coach an Australian Rowing Team para-crew.

Catriona Walker (WA)

Catriona Walker is a para-rowing coach at the West Australian Rowing Club and lists one of her personal coaching goals as: ‘to produce technically excellent rowers who are retained and continue to enrich the quality and standards of Western Australian and Australian rowing.’ The West Australian is actively working in her community to grow and develop para-rowers.