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Kim Brennan AM awarded Life Membership of Rowing Australia

Andrew Guerin steps down while Andrew Michelmore elected to RA Board

Rowing Australia today announces two appointments from its AGM held last weekend in Perth, Western Australia.
Olympic gold medallist and former World Champion, Kim Brennan AM, was awarded Life Membership of Rowing Australia, while Victorian Andrew Michelmore AO was elected to the Rowing Australia Board, filling a vacancy left by Andrew Guerin, who has stepped down after five and half years of service. In addition, Merrick Howes was re-elected to the RA Board.

In 2016, Kim Brennan became the first Australian woman in 20 years to win an Olympic rowing gold medal. She won the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Life Membership of Rowing Australia is the sport’s highest honour. It is reserved for those who have demonstrated significant, sustained and high quality service that enhances the reputation and future of rowing by virtue of their considerable contribution to rowing nationally. The Board and Council of Rowing Australia felt it fitting that Brennan be awarded with Life Membership after the three-time Olympic medallist announced her decision to retire last year.

Brennan, who will formally receive the honour at a later date said “It is an absolutely wonderful honour to receive Life Membership of Rowing Australia. You look at the list of individuals who have Life Membership of RA and it is incredibly meaningful to me to be named amongst such a special group.”

Meanwhile, fellow RA Life Member, Andrew Guerin, has stepped down from his role as Director on the Rowing Australia Board. Mr Guerin’s decision to step down comes after more than five years on the RA Board during which time he has served on many RA Committees including most recently the committee to celebrate the Centenary of the King’s Cup.

Mr Guerin has given extensive service to the sport over many years including as a FISA and RA Boat Race Official as well as a current trustee of the Bromley Trust. He is well known for his extensive work in documenting and maintaining Australian rowing history, while he also helped to create and roll out the McVilly-Pearce pin program which recognises all Australian rowers who have represented the country at an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games or World Championships.

Rowing Australia President Rob Scott said, “On behalf of the Rowing Australia Board, Council and entire rowing community I would like to thank Andrew for his contribution to the RA Board. Andrew’s insights have been invaluable and while he will be missed I know he will continue to contribute to our sport, via his beloved club Mercantile, and help ensure we continue to strive for excellence on and off the water.

“I would like to also take the opportunity to congratulate Kim on being award Life Membership and also to welcome Andrew Michelmore to the RA Board. Andrew brings to the board his extensive business experience along with his rowing acumen having represented Australia three times at the World Rowing Championships and also having rowed for Melbourne University BC and Oxford University.

“Finally, I would like to thank Rowing WA for hosting us last weekend for the Australian Masters Rowing Championships as well as the AGM. David Rose, Craig James and Daniel Tackenberg, along with all the Rowing WA staff and volunteers, did a wonderful job hosting this year’s event.”