Rowing SA – Update on Interim Board Movements and Rowing Australia Visit

To the SA Rowing Community,

I write to you all with an update on recent movements around the Rowing SA Board, and a reminder of the upcoming Rowing Australia Forum, as follows:

Board Movements

As many will know, Board Member James Hammond has now finished up in his role as Director of Rowing at Prince Alfred College, with he and his wife (Nikki) moving to the Northern Territory, and so he has resigned from his elected Rowing SA Board position.  We thank James for the excellent input he provided at Board level, and wish him all the best in his new venture in the NT, with his wife’s work opportunity in Arnhem Land.  Also as previously advised, our Chair Philip Paterson was admitted to hospital in late January and he has been unavailable for Board duties (see update below).

Under our Constitution, Casual Vacancies on the Board may be filled by appointment by the remaining Directors.  The Board has replaced James’ position with Accountant Shannen Graham and has appointed Senior Investment Adviser Alison Perrott as an interim replacement for Philip.  Both appointments to fill Casual Vacancies end at the next Annual General Meeting or earlier if decided by the Board. The Board is grateful for the assistance of Shannen and Alison, and looks forward to working with them over the coming months, and utilising their skills and experience in finance and governance.

Update on Chair, Philip Paterson

As per previous correspondence, Philip was admitted to hospital in late January – he had Pancreatitis. Philip returned home from hospital in early April with a clean bill of health.  Having spent the majority of time in hospital confined to bed, Philip lost condition and strength.  Regaining that condition and strength is Philip’s current challenge and his rapid progress has surprised everyone.  He is on track through a structured physio/exercise program to achieve his self-imposed goal of operating as normal by 30th June 2019 – we will keep you posted.

Philip has expressed his thanks to the Board and staff at Rowing SA for stepping in to cover his absence, and to everyone who has passed on their well-wishes.

We look forward to Philip re-joining the team. Richard O’Dea will remain Acting Chair in the interim.

Rowing Australia – State Visit

Following the “Save the Date” email sent 2 weeks ago, I am confirming details for Rowing Australia’s (RA) State Visit to SA on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th May, 2019.

RA’s CEO Ian Robson and Board Member Carmen Wearne (originally from SA) will be here for their annual visit, providing an update at the Community Forum for our whole rowing community on everything happening across the country and at national level, on Monday 13th May from 6pm (not 6.30pm as initially listed), at Riverside Rowing Club on the River Torrens.  Some snacks will be provided and the bar will be open, and Ian will be happy to facilitate some discussion and answer any pressing questions after his presentation.

We will be in touch next week with more details around the Club Presidents & School Rowing Directors Breakfast that Ian will be hosting the following morning, providing an ideal forum for some more detailed discussion around the challenges and new initiatives for Clubs and Schools (similar session to last year).


Please pass this information on through your Club/School networks, and all the best to everyone competing in our final Regatta for the season this weekend – the Masters, 3rd Grade and Novice State Championships at West Lakes.



Richard O’Dea                                              David Hutton

Acting Chair                                                   Chief Executive Officer

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