Rowing SA is an Incorporated Association. As the headquarters of rowing in South Australia, it supports a large and diverse rowing community.

Rowing is one of Australia’s oldest and most successful sports; it is recognised as much for its tradition and appeal to athletes of all ages as for its fantastic health benefits. Rowing is a cornerstone Olympic sport and Australian rowing has a long and proud history of success, consistently returning multiple medals at major international competitions. Rowing continues to play a large part in Australian sporting culture as a sport for all ages, skills and fitness levels.

From its base at the nationally accredited regatta course at West Lakes, Rowing SA oversees rowing programmes at clubs and schools around the State. Rowing SA assists with recreational programmes, developing clubs and coaches, as well as hosting a competitive regatta season at venues all over the state.

Rowing SA works with the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) to identify, promote and prepare local rowers for national and international competition. The State Development Pathway programs engage up and coming elite athletes to provide the preparation needed to move to the gender specific National Training Centres (NTC). The men train in Canberra at the Reinhold Batschi NTC and the women in Penrith at the Hancock Prospecting NTC. All Senior Australian teams are selected from athletes based at the NTC.

The South Australian rowing community is vibrant, enthusiastic and engaged with more than 1,800 active members ranging from young rowers at school through to those at universities and in the wider community right through to masters rowing. Rowing SA also hosts a large group of volunteers and officials who provide service to the community by ensuring smooth operations at regattas and rowing events.


To support and grow an inclusive and thriving rowing community.

At Rowing SA, we have a clear drive for growth and inclusion. This supports our elite programs, but overall we want to make this great sport as widespread and accessible as possible.


To promote, provide and administer rowing to create opportunity for all to enjoy the sport.

Our mission supports our vision, with a direct approach to create opportunities for those who either simply want to learn a new skill, keep a level of fitness, enjoy a social and supportive community, or take their rowing to a further competitive level. To do this, our objectives below address 6 key areas of development which have in-depth action points in our strategic plan.

Rowing SA Objectives

Continually improve/upgrade West Lakes facility, progressing work from 2017 Facilities Review.

Preserve & develop the River Torrens precinct.

Investigate satellite facility/facilities.

Marketing and Communication

Enhance the profile of the sport.

Improve the communication between RSA & stakeholders.

Educate the key influencers about the positives of rowing.

Design Marketing Plan to attract & maintain sponsorship.


Inform, educate and support Rowing Clubs (& stakeholders).

Grow participation (rowers/volunteers).

Develop retention strategies (senior rowers), refining Pathway & State Team programs.


Improve spectator experience.

Enhance quality & variety of regattas.

Increase regatta participation.

Financial Sustainability

Develop alternative income streams.

Capitalise on the ownership of West Lakes.

Conduct profitable Café/Function business.

Review existing fees & charges.

Build mutual relationships & understanding with Member Clubs.


Build upon positive relationship with Office for Rec & Sport.

Demonstrate accountability to stakeholders.

Align with Sporting Organisation “best practice”.