Rowing SA Board

 

The Board of Rowing South Australia is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the organisation and overseeing its activities. The current position holders are:

CHAIR Board Member (Elected Director)

Jamie Grant

Jamie has a strong interest in rowing that has grown over the last five years, with the involvement of his son and his niece. He believes that if your children are participating in a sport, then the parents should contribute as well, and in Jamie’s case, the sport of rowing has become a passion for his whole family.

Jamie and his siblings operate three family businesses and have done so for the past 30 years. Operating his own business has taught him many skills, such as: financial management, effective communication, marketing & advertising, time management, logistics, corporate due diligence and event management. It is through these skills that Jamie can make a positive and effective contribution to the South Australian Rowing Community.

Jamie has previously held the positions of Vice President and President of the Prince Alfred College Rowing Club. The time spent in these roles led to his interest and successful nomination to the Board of Rowing SA in 2015, and Jamie has enjoyed carrying out the role with due diligence, for the betterment of rowing as a whole in South Australia.

Board Member (Elected Director)

Dr William (Bill) Marmion

Graduated from Murdoch University 1979 with BSc in Veterinary Biology and graduated in 1981 with Bachelor of Veterinary .Medicine and & Surgery. In 1990 completed post-graduate study and examination to become a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. He has also become a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors by examination.

Founding partner HorsemedSA Pty Ltd 1983 to present. Dr. Marmion started this leading Australian veterinary practice, which has grown to 14 veterinarians under his management and leadership.

With over 40 years of extensive business experience and Directorship of many boards Dr. Marmion has founded and developed many companies in addition to his Veterinary business and he is still involved in a Barossa Winery and a Distillery in Brompton.

He rowed as a schoolboy culminating in winning the 1976 Head of the River (the last on the Torrens) and has continued rowing over the last 15 years by competing in State, National and World masters Regattas. He is a life member and the current treasurer of Riverside Rowing Club and a life member of the Blackmore Club.

Board Member (Elected Director)

Fearnley Szuster

Fearnley has been involved in rowing from his school days at Pulteney Grammar School in the 1960s, as a senior rower at Adelaide University in the 1970s and as a masters rower in the 2000s. Since the early 1980s, he has coached at Pulteney, AUBC, Unley High School and the Australian National University, with many of his rowers gaining National selection and becoming national standard coaches. In addition, he has been an SA and NSW State coach.

He has been an active member of the rowing community for most of his life. In the 1970s Fearnley was a Foundation Life Member that originally funded the establishment of the Aquatic Centre. In addition, in the early 1990s he was Treasurer of the SA Rowing Association when the West Lakes shed was expanded, and in the last 12 seasons he has been a SA State Team Selector.

Professionally, Fearnley is a retired statistician with an honours degree in mathematical statistics, a masters degree in Applied Social Research, national statistical accreditation and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He was employed in the SA and National Governments before working for over 20 years as a health statistician at Adelaide University.

In his professional background as a statistician, he has shown that he has an independent mind, combined with a thoughtful and diligent work ethic. In his role as a SA State Team Selector, he has demonstrated that he is able to fulfil the obligations and duties of an elected Director to the Board of Rowing SA. He will provide a well-considered and independent voice to act in the best interests of the SA rowing community.

With the many challenges that our sport faces in this COVID-19 pandemic era, Fearnley will bring to the Board an understanding and appreciation of our sport that covers the broad community of school, club, masters, SASI, State and Interstate rowing levels.

Board Member (Elected Director)

Christina Firth

Chris began her involvement in rowing at Scotch College in 1978 where she was part of the winning Head of the River crew in the inaugural year of Girl’s Events. She followed up with another win in 1979. She rediscovered the sport in 2009 when her daughter began rowing and is currently an active masters rower with Phoenix Rowing Club, having represented South Australia in the Women’s State Team in 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2020.

Chris worked for Rowing SA for over 3 years from 2009 to 2012 as Regatta Operations / Finance Manager during which time she helped run the Award winning Australian Rowing Championships in 2011.

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in Office, Business & Financial Management including Bookkeeping, working in various industries.  She has experience on numerous committees past and present which include Secretary – Adelaide Hills Dressage Club, Secretary – Dressage Club of SA, Vice President – Equestrian SA Dressage Council and currently Secretary/Treasurer of Phoenix Rowing Club.

Chris’s business and committee experience has resulted in an ability to find practical solutions to complex problems and to steer a middle course between differing and competing opinions and objectives.  The key qualities she brings to the Rowing SA board include a close knowledge of the Rowing SA business as well as the relationship with Rowing Australia.

Board Member (Elected Director)

Dr Greg Keene

Personal Rowing history

  • Pulteney Grammar School oarsman 2nd 8 (won HoR) and 1st 8 two years (2nd in HoR both times)
  • Rowed St Marks College 8 three years (stroked winning 8 one of those years) Intercollege rowing.

Rowing Coaching history

  • Coached PGS junior crews three years (won HofR 2 times)
  • Coached PGS Open Light Weight 4 two years (won HofR 1 time)
  • Coached PGS 1st 8 one year (won the first HofR race at new West Lakes 1977- undefeated season)

Business history

  • Founder of Sportsmed and Sportsmed Hospital: now largest sports medicine/specialist/hospital complex in Australia. Extensive commercial experience in developing and setting up the unique and complex business systems successfully underpinning that organization and other family businesses.
  • Currently practicing as a specialist knee surgeon at sportsmed.
  • Experience with international teaching young surgeons.
  • Significant experience in commercial property development.

Board and Committee Experience

  • Previous Board member of SCIG Hospitals, Sportsmed (Dep Chair), Pulteney Grammar (prev. Chair).
  • Multiple previous Professional Organization committee positions covering Finance, Governance, Marketing, Standards and Building Development

Current Rowing Involvement

  • Chair Pulteney Boat Club Rowing Parents Committee
  • Teenage daughter Lili rowing for Pulteney
  • Wife Amanda rowing Torrens Rowing Club in Masters
  • Foundation Life Member of Rowing SA

Board Member (Elected Director)

Catherine McDougall

I developed a love for rowing through my school years where I was fortunate enough to row for the Wilderness School. From there I was picked up as a coach where I found my true love of the sport in inspiring the next generation.

As a coach I believe in fairness, optimism, and teamwork. With these values I have been incredibly successful in working in and running school programs and am currently the Head of Rowing at Seymour College.

I have been an active member of the Pathway and State Teams from 2014 until 2019 which enabled me to really involve myself in the South Australian rowing community. Sitting on the Adelaide Rowing Club Committee for the last 2 years has given me the opportunity to see athletes at all levels and assist in their growth. This varied involvement in the community, I believe would give me the unique skill to bridge the gap between the South Australian Directors of Rowing and the Rowing South Australia Board. I also have the perspective of a coach, assistant state team manager and athlete which gives me the ability to speak for all. In addition, I can also offer my insight to the daily community life and concerns of Rowing SA.

In seeking this position, I wish to ensure the policies and procedures are in place to support our athletes throughout their rowing journey, whether it be at state level, school level or club level. I also want to hold people accountable for their actions and see real positive change in the South Australian rowing community.

 

 

Board Member (Elected Secretary)

Shannen Graham

Shannen has been working in an Accounting Practice for 9 years and has been CA qualified for 6 years. She current works as the Finance Manager for the Australian side of a global Defence Engineering Company. She has worked her way up to Management level quite early on in her career, having learnt skills such as management of workflow, clients and stakeholder relations, teamwork, communication, and the ability to manage a demanding workflow effectively. It is not just the numbers in accounting that she enjoys, Shannen’s passion lies in analysing the reports and assisting stakeholders in understanding what this means to their business, how to budget, and most importantly how to grow their business and meet their goals.

 

Shannen competed at a national level in equestrian (horse riding) for 10 years. This sport taught her to understand the real meaning behind discipline and allows her to appreciate the dedication and hard work involved in a high-level sport such as rowing. Unfortunately, she retired from horse riding at the age of 16 to focus on her studies and building a career – Shannen comes from a family that owns and runs their own businesses, and this is where she got the drive to study Commerce. In 2021 Shannen got to combine her love of horses and Finance and sat on the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee for the South Australian Jockey Club which allowed her to contribute to important business decisions and create new working relationships.

 

Shannen believes she can contribute not just her financial knowledge, but also the other skills she has learnt along to way to the Board of Rowing SA and looks forward to contributing positively to the growth and development of the sport with her knowledge and skills.

 

President

Phil Mangelsdorf – elected 2021