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Rowing Australia 2022 Annual General Meeting Outcomes

Rowing Australia AGM sees Patrick McNamara being bestowed Life Membership and the appointment of Malcolm Batten OAM and Brigadier Alison Creagh AM CSC (Retd) to the Board. 

Rowing Australia (RA) made a series of announcements after the conclusion of its 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Saturday 14 May in Sydney, New South Wales. 

The AGM saw the RA Board and Council award Life Membership to Patrick McNamara.  

Life Membership of RA 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 the sport nationally.  

Former RA President (2000 – 2009), Patrick McNamara has been an influential and respected person within the sport of rowing over a period of more than 20 years. He has held roles within his club, Rowing Victoria and RA making a valuable contribution to all. 

The AGM also saw changes to the RA Board with Malcolm Batten OAM and Brigadier Alison Creagh AM CSC (Retd) elected as Directors to the RA Board. They replace the outgoing Directors, Merrick Howes and Andrew Michelmore AO 

Bryan Weir was also re-elected to the RA Board to fill a casual vacancy. 

Malcolm Batten OAM, 1988 Olympian and 1986 World Champion and Commonwealth Games Champion and McVilly Pearce Pin number 380, has been involved in the rowing community for over 30 years and is a Life Member of both Mercantile and Commercial Rowing Clubs.  

Malcolm said: “I am pleased to be involved at the Board level at Rowing Australia and excited to be part of such a successful organisation.”  

Brigadier Alison Creagh AM CSC (Retd) has been President of Rowing ACT, is a National and International Para-Rowing classifier and has been on working groups for both coastal and indoor rowing, as well as a number of other roles in the sport over many years. 

Alison Creagh spoke of her appointment: 

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Australian Rowing community as a Director of Rowing Australia. I’m hoping to bring my experience as a Masters rower, para-rowing classifier, occasional coach and experience with Board and sports governance to the role and I’m looking forward to supporting and developing Rowing in Australia.” 

Rowing Australia President, Rob Scott, said, “On behalf of the RA Board, Council and entire Rowing community, I would like to thank Merrick Howes and Andrew Michelmore AO for their contribution as Directors of RA. Merrick has been a valued member of the Board over eight years of service, in particular as Chair of the Audit & Risk committee providing critical oversight of RA’s finances. 

“Andrew has also provided great support to the Board during his three-year tenure across High Performance, Philanthropy and Governance matters.”  

“I would also like to welcome Alison and Mal to the Board. Each of them brings a great depth of experience from across the sport and business and I look forward to working with them both.” 

“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Pat on being bestowed with RA Life Membership. It is wonderful to be able to recognise Pat’s long-standing and continuing commitment to the sport.” 

“I would also like thank all the State Councillors, Presidents and CEOs who joined us for the AGM, be it in person or via video conference.” 

The Rowing Australia Annual Report was also handed down at this time, with the report now available for viewing.

Rowing Australia Annual Report 2021