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New Directors and Staff on deck at Rowing WA

At the recent Rowing WA Board meeting held on Thursday 23 July 2015 two new directors were appointed to office.

Sian Brown fills a casual vacancy until the 2016 AGM, standing in for High Performance Director Brenton Jenke who has taken an international contract in the Philippines until late 2016. Brenton hopes to return to the position if it is available in future. Brenton has served the Board well since his appointment in February, leading the review of High Performance strategy in the state of Western Australia. Sian, who already sat on the High Performance Committee and now takes on the High Performance portfolio will be a great asset for the Association.

Sian has been involved in rowing in Western Australia since 1999,  when she started rowing at John XXIII College and Fremantle Rowing Club. Now a member of Swan River Rowing Club, Sian has represented Western Australia in various state team crews from 2004 to 2014.

In her day job, Sian is a lawyer and works for Mitsui E&P Australia as legal counsel.

A newly created position on the Board was also confirmed at the recent Board meeting. The Board felt that in light of the growing membership within the Masters rowing fraternity, the addition of an appointed Masters Director would ensure the Association remained well informed of issues and development specific to this market segment. Karen Clay has been appointed to the position. Karen has a background of rowing in Britain and Australia, is a member of Curtin University Boat Club and represented Western Australia in the Women’s Masters Interstate 8 event in 2014 and 2015, and has occupied committee roles in Rowing and other Sporting Organisations in the UK  and here in WA. After 16 years service in the Royal Navy, she now works at Curtin University as the School Business Manager for the WA School of Mines.  In her role as Rowing WA Director Masters, Karen will also participate in the Australian Masters Rowing Commission as the Western Australian voice, a role previously undertaken by Alan Nicoll (Swan River Rowing Club) until he was appointed President of the Commission earlier this year.

Both of these appointments add increased depth to the current Board, ensuring that member clubs and other rowing stakeholders are well represented within the Association. Members will have a chance to meet the new directors at the upcoming Special General Meeting to be held at 6pm, Thursday 27 August at Canning Bridge.

Tiffany Bellamy has also recently commenced as the full-time Administration and Functions Manager. Tiffany comes to the Association with a wealth of knowledge in front office administration, finance, functions management and member communication. Tiffany’s position replaces the previous Administration Officer role that was held by Deone Denner. Deone served Rowing WA for 5 years and assisted the Association through significant change and growth. Deone brought a vibrancy to the workplace that will be missed. She leaves the Association having developed many friendships within the greater rowing fraternity.