Rowing SA Update & Nominations Open: Community Club Person of the Year Award

Dear SA Rowing Clubs,


I hope you and your members are ok. We will get back on the water soon – it may take some time before we get there. Until then, you will see some training tips, programs and fun competitions launched very soon by Rowing Australia and Rowing SA (the first initiative was launched on Facebook this afternoon – see below for more information). I would like to take this opportunity to update you on a few items.


2019/20 Season Premiership Awards

Unfortunately the end of the season has come early and no further regattas will be held for the 2019/20 season. This means that Premiership points will be tallied and will stand as the final rankings for the 2019/20 season. These will be released at the end of April via our website and social media communications. Regrettably, due to the current Government restrictions there will be no Rowing SA Awards Breakfast held for the 2019/20 season. We are planning to present the awards to all recipients at an event later this year where we will celebrate our Clubs, coaches, volunteers and athletes.


Community Club Person of the Year – NOMINATIONS OPEN

Nominations are now OPEN for the 2019/20 Community Club Person of the Year. If you know someone who deserves this honour, has demonstrated a significant positive contribution to their club and community throughout the 2019/20 Regatta Season, and has been involved with their club on a volunteer or semi-volunteer basis, please fill in the 2019-20 Community Club Person of the Year Award Nomination form and return to Bec Lannan via email ([email protected]) by Friday 10 April 2020. This is a great initiative to commend the efforts of the volunteers within our community so we encourage you to take the time to nominate a worthy recipient.


2020 Indoor Interstate Regatta – STARTS ON MONDAY (please promote to your members)

As the Government actively discourages physical interaction to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we recognise how important sport is at maintaining social interaction and overall wellbeing through physical activity. Therefore we will engage our rowing/gym community through social media and promote safe workouts at home. One such initiative is the Rowing Australia 2020 Indoor Interstate Regatta


The regatta is open to everyone – school, club, elite and master. We need you all to compete to help put South Australia at the top of the table! With everybody staying safe indoors, and the 2020 King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta sadly cancelled, what better way to get competitive than the #IndoorInterstate.


There are two divisions for victory: Total Distance and Total Distance per Participant.


From Monday 6 – 20 April, upload your indoor rowing machine metres via  or by tagging Rowing South Australia in a picture of your erg screen, including your Concept2 verification code!


We hope to get you all involved and following on our Socials to keep motivated!

Facebook: (tag @RowingSA)

Instagram: @rowingsa

If you have any ideas or initiatives to boost participation please contact Jo Malcolm at [email protected].


Club Support – COVID-19

You may have seen information on Saturday regarding the announcement of the $250m Community and Jobs Fund. This package has been tailored to the not for profit sector and is reliant upon receiving requests for funding from representative bodies such as Sport SA. Rowing SA has submitted details specifically around the impact on rowing. If your club would like to contribute to the submission (if your club will be making a significant loss of income by not able to run programs, unable to maintain coaches or no longer able to run functions or events in your clubs) please send the information to me for inclusion. Please email me no later than 12noon Friday 3 April (it’s a quick turnaround).

Information sought includes:

  • How the current restrictions are affecting your operations – e.g. forced shutdown, downturn in trade
  • The size of your operation – e.g. before the restrictions and after
  • Impact on your cashflows
  • How existing Commonwealth and State support packages already announced help your operations

In addition, I have already submitted information to the Office for Recreation & Sport outlining the impact that COVID-19 has had on rowing. I will be attending a Zoom meeting with the Minister for Sport Corey Wingard tomorrow which will hopefully provide more light on any specific support to sport and clubs. If I receive any further information I will pass it on to you.


Please stay safe, know that we will be back on the water again, and in the meantime let’s see how many km’s we can clock up on our ergos over the next 2 weeks. Go SA!



Andrew Swift

Chief Executive Officer

Rowing South Australia Inc