It is with great sadness that we advice the rowing community of the passing of Alan Grover, Olympic silver medallist.
Alan competed in rowing at the Tokyo 1964, Mexico 1968
(Men’s Eight – silver medal) and Munich 1972 Olympic Games.
Alan was a long term employee of the AOC joining from Speedo
in 1987 before retiring in October 2012.
Sadly, Alan passed away on Sunday, 12 May 2019 after a few years of ill health. He is survived by his wife Jan and children, Michelle, Peter and Jenny as well as grandchildren. He was McVilly-Pearce pin number 158 and RA will be organising for his family to receive his pin in due course.
Alan Grover in the coswain seat (Copyright AOC Media)
Tickets Available in Australia During May 9 – 31 Request Phase
Ticket Packages Will Be Available Exclusively through CoSport.com Starting June 20
The Individual ticket sales process for the Tokyo 2020
Olympic Games is now open in Australia.
The Request Phase window will run from today (10 May) to 31 May 2019.
Pricing will be posted shortly so that fans will have the ability to adjust their submissions based on price at any time up until 31 May.
The Australian Olympic Committee and CoSport, the leading
provider of Olympic ticketing and hospitality, are pleased to announce that CoSport.com will exclusively offer
Australian fans the chance to request tickets to
their favourite events.
Should demand exceed supply for any sessions, then requests
for those sessions will go into a ballot, and fans whose draw is successful
will be able to purchase those tickets.
Those fans who miss out the first time will have another opportunity on a first-come, first-served basis during the live sales phase, which is expected to start on 28 June 2019.
In order to secure Individual Tickets offered as part of the Request Phase, Australian residents are invited to create a CoSport.com account and submit a non-binding ticket request by 31 May 2019.
requests submitted successfully by the deadline will be given equal
consideration regardless of when they were submitted within the ticket Request
Although CoSport will offer tickets for sale in various
phases up-to and through the Olympic Games, entering the initial Request Phase
gives fans their best chance at securing the most sought-after tickets.
Therefore, interested buyers should carefully
consider the event schedule, venue locations, budget and other factors before
submitting a request. At the end of the request phase, no changes to ticket
requests will be permitted.
Once the inventory is established, CoSport will confirm which of the requested tickets will be offered for purchase by 20 June 2019. At that time, payment must be processed by 26 June, 2019.
Hotel and Ticket Packages from CoSport will be then available exclusively through CoSport.com to the Australian public starting 20 June 2019. Hotel and Ticket Packages will combine a wide range of event tickets, three- or four-star accommodations, daily breakfast and expert guidance from purchase through departure from the experienced CoSport team and knowledgeable local hosts.
“CoSport has a deep knowledge of Japan and is preparing to
welcome fans of the Australian Team with an exciting variety of Individual
Ticket and Package options,” said Robert F. Long, CoSport President.
“Our Hotel and Tickets Packages simplify attending the Tokyo
2020 Olympic Games so our guests can focus on enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime
experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to choose from once sales
open, but the best packages will surely go fast.”
ticket-inclusive offerings for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be made available
exclusively through CoSport.com, the only official ticketing agent in Australia for
tickets to the 2020 Olympic Games. Details on the sales process –
including timeline, pricing and terms and conditions – are available at CoSport.com.
“For our athletes and fans alike, there are few experiences
more exhilarating than being there and being part of the Olympic experience,”
AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll AM said.
“Together with CoSport, we are excited to extend an
invitation to Australian Team fans from around the country to share this truly
once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Mr Carroll concluded.
has been appointed by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing
Committee as the sole Authorized Ticket Reseller in Australia.
On 24 July 2020, the world will come together in Tokyo for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, followed by 16 days of competition in Japan’s capital city. Demand for tickets to these highly-anticipated Games is expected to be strong.
Olympic Games Gold medallists Susie O’Neill and Kim Brennan
have been announced as Deputy Chefs de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team
to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The pair join Olympic fencer Evelyn Halls in the key roles,
rounding out Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman’s leadership team for the Games.
In 2016, Kim Brennan became the first Australian woman in 20 years to win an Olympic rowing gold medal. She won the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Additionally, New South Wales Institute of Sport CEO Kevin
Thompson has been appointed as Head of Performance.
The appointments were confirmed at the AOC Executive Meeting
in Sydney today.
AOC President John Coates AC says he’s pleased Chef de
Mission Ian Chesterman has such solid support behind him.
“Each of these Olympians has special qualities to contribute
to the Team environment and each will bring their own experience and
perspective. They will prove a very important resource for Ian,” Coates
Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman says the Deputy
roles are critical in ensuring that the athletes’ needs come first.
“We are focused on giving our
athletes the very best opportunity to perform at their best. Our three Deputies
totally understand the environment of Olympic competition, and will be a great
support to our athletes and coaches in the team.
“It is very exciting to have
such a high calibre group together. Each brings something different but each
has a fantastic work ethic and great empathy for what’s important to athletes,”
Winner of eight Olympic medals, Susie O’Neill AM says it’s a
privilege to again be part of the wonderful energy of an Olympic team.
“I’m hoping that I can provide that reassurance to the
younger athletes. When they see that I am just an everyday person, they can
believe in themselves and that anything is possible,” O’Neill said.
single scull Gold medallist Kim Brennan AM says to be contributing to the Team
effort so soon after retirement is exciting.
Olympian wants to keep contributing in one way or another. We have that bond.
To be stepping into this role gives me the chance to make a different type of
contribution,” Brennan said.
Olympic fencer from the Sydney and Athens Games Evelyn Halls
says it’s an honour to be able to contribute in Tokyo.
“Undertaking the role of Chef de Mission for our Youth
Olympic Team in Buenos Aires last year gave me a great appreciation of the
difference you can make for our young athletes. To see that young team meld as
a unit and really perform to their best was very satisfying,” Halls said.
Kevin Thompson says he’s very excited and privileged to be
involved with the Australian Team for the Tokyo Olympics.
“Leading a team to deliver HQ performance support services
whilst working closely with Dr David Hughes and his medical team is a great
opportunity. I look forward to the challenge of the Games and working through
the requirements of each sport to support them in optimising athlete
performances,” Thompson said.
Australia today announced that John Bowes and Annabelle Eaton have been
appointed the Lead Coach and Coach for the US-based Australian U23 Selection
Trials. Bowes, the current Head Coach of Rowing at St Joseph’s Nudgee College,
Queensland and Eaton, coach at St Kevin’s College in Victoria, will coordinate
the US-based U23 Australian selection trials between 13 – 16 June, and subject
to a crew/s being recommended and ultimately approved for selection, will
manage and coach the respective crews, in the US, before joining the full U23
Australian Rowing Team for the World Rowing U23 Championships in Sarasota,
Florida in July.
Australia Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez said, “We’re pleased to
reboot our US program and to re-engage with our Australian rowers who are
currently studying and rowing in the US college system. It’s great to have two
experienced coaches in John and Annabelle to manage our US U23 Trials, and
hopefully coach crews subject to selection. The aim is that this year’s trials
will help us to develop and sustain strong relationships with our US-based
This year the Trustees of the Bromley Trust Fund, John Coates AC, Stephen Hinchy OAM and Andrew Guerin are pleased to announce that eight athletes are set to receive $4000 each from the fund to contribute towards their seat fees for their respective World Rowing Championships.
The 2019 Junior Women’s Pair of Laura Chancellor and Phoebe Robinson, the U23 Women’s Pair of Dyone Bettega and Tara Rigney, the U23 Lightweight Women’s Pair of Lucy Theodore and Jilly Roberts and the U23 Lightweight Men’s Pair of Patrick Boere and Rohan James will all receive grants.
The Junior Women’s Pair of Laura Chancellor and Phoebe Robinson (both Toowong Rowing Club/QLD/QAS) will compete at the 2019 Junior World Rowing Championships to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 7 to 11 August 2019. Meanwhile, the U23 Women’s Pair of Dyone Bettega ( Sydney University BC/NSW/NSWIS) and Tara Rigney (both Sydney University BC/NSW), the U23 Lightweight Women’s Pair Lucy Theodore (Toowong Rowing Club/QLD) and Jilly Roberts (Australian National University BC/ACT) and the U23 Lightweight Men’s Pair of Patrick Boere and Rohan James (Swan River RC/WA) will compete at the World Rowing U23 Championships to be held in Sarasota, USA from 24 to 28 July 2019.
The E R Bromley Trust Fund was established in 1990 with a generous donation from the late Ted Bromley and with the specific intention of defraying in full or in part the expenses of any pair oared crew selected by Rowing Australia to compete at the World Championships.
The late Ted Bromley was not only a generous benefactor to the sport, but also a distinguished rower. He competed at the senior level for a long period commencing in 1932 in the NSW King’s Cup crew to post WWII at the 1948 Olympic Games. It was, however, his experience as a pair-oared rower that led to him championing coxless pair oared rowing in Australia until his death in 2005. Many readers may be aware that the Australian Men’s Pair Championship perpetual trophy is named in his honour and is a bronze statue depicting James Tomkins, one of Australia’s most successful pair oared rowers.
The current Rowing Australia Athletes’ Commission is looking for two to four candidates to fill vacancies on the Athletes’ Commission. Ideally, the nominees will be retired rowers (within eight years of competing), but also could be current rowers not on the Senior A Team or in the Senior A Team Leadership Group. Expressions of Interest should be sent to RA Athletes’ Commission Chair, Hannah Every-Hall, via firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 7 May 2019.
The group meets monthly by teleconference or in person
and aims to represent rowing athletes at all levels throughout Australia.
U23 World Championships to
be raced in Sarasota, USA; Junior World Championships to be raced in Tokyo,
U21 Australian Rowing Team
take on New Zealand to defend Rusty Roberston Trophy in Trans-Tasman Regatta
Rowing Australia today announced
its crews that will race at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships and the
2019 World Rowing U23 Championships. In addition, RA also announced the U21
Australian Rowing Team that will compete in the 2019 Trans-Tasman Regatta
against New Zealand.
Eleven crews have been named in
the U23 Australian Rowing Team that will compete at the 2019 World Rowing U23
Championships to be held in Sarasota, Florida, USA from 24 to 28 July 2019. The
size of the team could further increase, depending on upcoming trials for US
College-based Australians who will trial between 13 and 16 June 2019.
Meanwhile, Australia will send six
crews to the World Rowing Junior Championships, to be held in Tokyo, Japan from
7 to 11 August 2019. In addition to being a Junior World Rowing Championships,
the event acts as a test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
Rowing Australia Deputy
Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez said, “It’s fantastic to be able to name
two big teams to compete at this year’s Junior and U23 World Rowing
Championships, as well as our team for the Trans-Tasman Regatta.
“The calibre of trials this year
stepped up once again, the depth is improving across the country and we’re
excited to see what our athletes can do on the world stage as they move through
the Australian rowing pathway. As always, the RA coaches and athletes have a
clear focus on performances in the here and now, however, there is an equal
level of focus on the potential of athletes and the future from a development
“Recognising and acknowledging
that an athlete’s ‘pathway’ is
complex and far from linear in nature, we need to be investing in the future
and building athletes, along with crews, for the long term. I wish all the
crews and coaches the best of luck for this year’s events and thank the clubs,
states and families for their ongoing support of the Australian Rowing Teams.”
The U23 Australian Rowing Team
sees some familiar faces in the team, including World Rowing Junior and Youth
Olympic medallist, Cormac Kennedy-Leverett from Queensland, who is making the
step up into the U23 Men’s Single Scull. While U23 World Championship medallist
Harriet Hudson (NSW) and Giorgia Patten (WA) are combining in the Women’s
Double Scull for their final season in the U23 category.
The U23 Men’s Coxed Four features
a familiar face from the Junior and U23 rowing scene, with Queensland’s Adam
Bakker making a return to the U23 team, the first time since he won gold in the
U23 Men’s Four in 2017. The two-time Junior World Championships medallist is
joined by Ben Canham (VIC), Mitchell Hooper (VIC), Angus Dawson (SA) and
coxswain Caitlin Hockings (QLD) in the crew coached by Nick Mitchell.
A familiar name amongst the
coaching staff for the U23s is that of multiple World Championships medallist,
and Olympic silver medallist, Matt Ryan. The Melbourne University BC Head Coach
joins his first Australian Rowing Team as a coach of the U23 Men’s Four that
will race in the USA this year. Ryan’s crew is made of brother Nick and Rohan
Lavery (both VIC), Marcus Britt and Will O’Shannessy (both NSW).
In the Junior Australian Rowing
Team, 2018 World Rowing Junior Championship medallists Hamish Henriques (WA)
and Laura Chancellor (QLD) return to the team. Henriques, having won bronze in
the Junior Men’s Coxed Four last year, will this year join Harrison Fox (VIC)
in the Junior Men’s Double Scull, while Chancellor, who won a silver medal in
the Junior Women’s Coxed Four, will join her Toowong club mate in the Junior
There’s a strong family connection in the Junior Australian Rowing Team, with Torben Ungemach selected into the Junior Men’s Four and both his parents selected as coaches on the team. Mosman Rowing Club’s Matthias Ungemach will take charge of the Junior Men’s Four, while the Junior Men’s Coxed Four will be coached by Judith Ungemach.
The U21 Australian Rowing Team
will compete in Sydney from 27 to 29 June and then again on Lake Karapiro in
New Zealand, from 22 to 24 August. The team will be looking to retain the
prestigious Rusty Robertson Trophy in the annual Trans-Tasman Regatta. The U21
series is a positive development opportunity for Australia’s Pathway athletes
transitioning between the Junior (U19) and Under 23 categories).
This year, there are a number of junior
athletes who have stepped up into the U21 ranks, including 2018 World Rowing
Junior Championships medallists Miller Rowe, Logan Ullrich, Lauren Graham and
A familiar name to the rowing
community will also be that of Joe Lovrich, the son of 1984 Olympic silver
medallist, Tony, who has been selected in the men’s sculling section alongside
Canberra-local Harry Glackin.
The coaching group is made up of
two-time Olympian, Brendan Long, along with Leo Karadimitris, Hally Chapman and
Lachlan Carter. The Head Coach will be named in due course.
Rowing Australia today confirmed the final crews fort he 2019 Gavirate International Rowing Regatta.
The PR3 Mixed Coxed Four will be Ben Gibson (Sydney RC/NSWIS/NSW); James Talbot (Sydney University BC/NSWIS/NSW); Alexandra Viney (Barwon RC/VIC); Alex Vuillermin (Power House RC/VIS/VIC) and Renae Domaschenz (ANU BC/ACTAS/ACT).
The PR3 Men’s Pair will be Jed Altschwager (Torrens RC/SASI/SA) and William Smith (Adelaide Uni BC/SASI/SA), while Nikki Ayres (Capital Lakes/ACTAS/ACT) will travel as the PR3 Women’s Single Scull. The PR3 Mixed Four is also the crew that will compete at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, while the PR3 Pair will be reviewed post Gavirate. These crews are joined by five-time World Champion Erik Horrie in the PR1 Men’s Single Scull and triple Paralympian Kathryn Ross in the PR2 Women’s Single Scull.
Patron of ADF Rowing, Air Vice Marshal Leigh
Gordon said this year marked the centenary of the King’s Cup, which was last
contested at the Royal Henley Peace Regatta of 1919, with Australia, Canada,
France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America
The announcement took place at the Australian War Memorial, with the ADF rowing team joining the 2019 Australian Rowing Team for a special Last Post Ceremony to commemorate the Centenary of the King’s Cup.
The King’s Cup will be held from 3 to 7 July
2019 at the Royal Henley Regatta in the UK. Further information about the
King’s Cup and opportunities to follow and support the crews, is available at
the Official King’s Cup Website: at https://www.kingscup.org/
The 2019 ADF King’s Cup Team is as follows:
The Australian Defence Force King’s Cup Rowers: Team Captain: Lieutenant Colonel Selina Rowland, Australian Army Boat Captain: Captain Nicholas Waugh, Australian Army Captain Carl Bleimschein, Australian Army Lieutenant Simon Gillespie, Australian Army Lieutenant Alexander Jack, Australian Army Captain Mitchell Lindsay, Australian Army Private Charles Patterson, Australian Army Lieutenant Casey Piket, Australian Army Corporal Rachel Rook, Australian Army Corporal Damien Richardson, Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Stephens, Australian Army Major Tom Cregan, Australian Army Coxwains: Flying Officer Ruby Brady-Welsh, Royal Australian Air Force Flying Officer Jessica Winnall, Royal Australian Air Force
National Reserves: Private Owen Hingston -Australian Army Leading Aircraftman Jackson Purtle, Royal Australian Air Force Officer Cadet Lachlan Stevenson, Royal Australian Air Force Team Management: Head Coach: Mr Iain Smith Assistant Coaches: Lieutenant Commander Kym Fisher, Royal Australian Navy; Mr Geoff Brown; Captain Brad Spiel, Australian Army Team Manager: Brigadier Alison Creagh, Australian Army Assistant Team Manager: Commander Rebecca Levitt, Royal Australian Navy
Lifeline launch new Community Custodians program for mental health
Twenty-one athletes from 13
sports have been selected to be the inaugural Lifeline Community Custodians, a
program with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) that will see athletes
become advocates for mental health and positive community spirit.
Olympic, Paralympic and
Commonwealth Games athletes from across the country will be involved in the
program, jointly designed by the AIS and Lifeline Australia to reduce the
stigma of mental health and promote the positive contributions athletes and
sport can make to their communities.
AIS Director of Athlete
Wellbeing and Engagement, Matti Clements, said the team of Community Custodians
would spend the next 12 months raising mental health awareness in their
communities and their sports.
“At the AIS we know the positive
influence sport and athletes have in their communities and the inspiration they
provide, so this program is about spreading that positivity far and wide across
Australia,” Clements said.
“A partnership with Lifeline
is fantastic because these athletes will be attending community events, telling
their own personal stories of resilience but also benefitting from personal
development. The AIS wants athletes to be successful in sport and life, so this
is also about enabling athletes to find balance beyond their sporting careers
and giving them a meaningful opportunity to help others.”
Lifeline Australia CEO Colin
Seery said the organisation was proud to partner with the AIS and thanked the
Community Custodians, who join a national movement of more than 10,000 Lifeline
volunteers and 1,000 employees.
“When these athletes talk in
support of Lifeline, they will be helping to reduce stigma and shape a more
compassionate society, one that focuses on bringing people together and
reducing isolation,” Seery said. “They will be helping families to ensure their
loved ones are kept safe.
“In 2017, there were 3,128
lives lost to suicide in Australia, a nine percent increase on the year before
and one life lost every three hours. Every life taken is a son, daughter, mother,
father, brother or sister lost for ever.
“Lifeline receives one
million contacts every year to our national number – 13 11 14 – and suicide
prevention services. We are here because no person in Australia should have to
face their darkest moments alone.”
Australian Opals women’s
basketball captain Jenna O’Hea will lead the team of Community Custodians,
having lost her uncle to suicide last year and then initiating a Lifeline round
in the Women’s National Basketball League.
“My uncle was 46. People often
tend to put on a brave face. You don’t know what they’re going through. So just
in our family, from this we’re reaching out more and trying to have more open
and honest conversations, which aren’t always easy.
“It is a strength, not a weakness, to ask for
help and I think a lot of people are willing to help as long as you ask. I’m
proud to be one of the inaugural Community Custodians and spread the valuable
messages on behalf of Lifeline Australia, which is available for 24-7 support.”
Olympic paddler Jo Brigden-Jones works
full-time as a paramedic alongside her sporting career. “I’ve wanted to be a paramedic since I was 10, long
before I even picked up a paddle and dreamed of becoming an Olympian,”
“Being a paramedic has
certainly been an eye-opener and exposed me to the number of people within the
community who are seeking help with their mental health. Sometimes we’re first
responders, but we’re often in direct contact too with Lifeline, who play such
a valuable role.”
Made a ward of the state at
age seven, five-time Paralympic rowing world champion Erik Horrie said he was
keen to share a message of hope. “I’ve also been at rock bottom, and I know it
takes more of a person to ask for help than someone who puts up a wall and says
‘I’ve got no issues’,” Horrie said.
“I wouldn’t change anything
that I’ve gone through in my life. Without it, I wouldn’t be the athlete, or
the person, I am. I didn’t allow my childhood to define me. You’re the person
that designs your picture frame.”
Lifeline Community Custodians
(Basketball Australia, Melbourne)
(Diving Australia, Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne)
(Athletics Australia, Canberra)
(Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, NSW Institute of Sport, Melbourne)
(Swimming Australia, Western Australian Institute of Sport, Perth)
(Surfing Australia, Sydney)
(Athletics Australia, Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane)
(Diving Australia, NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney)
(Triathlon Australia, ACT Academy of Sport, Canberra)
(Rowing Australia, NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney)
(Hockey Australia, Western Australian Institute of Sport, Perth)
(Cycling Australia, NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney)
(Paddle Australia, Western Australian Institute of Sport, Gold Coast)
Jo Brigden-Jones (Paddle Australia, NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney)
(Paddle Australia, Gold Coast)
(Boxing Australia, Geelong)
Laura Hingston (Diving
Australia, Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne)
(Gymnastics Australia, Brisbane)
(Swimming Australia, Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane)
(Athletics Australia, Canberra)
(Surfing Australia, Phillip Island)