New Rowing ACT Board

The Rowing ACT Board has been confirmed for 2019, with Ben James and Catherine Garrington joining as appointed directors. They join Ben Page and Kent Peters as new directors and Alison Creagh as the new president, taking over from David Bagnall, Vince McMahon, Bill Mason and Catherine Bowyer.

Capital Lakes’ Catherine Bowyer remains heavily involved with local rowing administration, accepting the position as chair of the Regatta Sub-Committee. This committee will be asked to meet on a more regular basis than in past years, allowing local clubs and schools greater input into events and regattas. Capital Lakes will nominate a new club member to represent their views at Regatta Sub-Committee meetings.

The new Board members come with great skills and backgrounds. Catherine Garrington has been involved with rowing for a number of years both as an athlete with ANU and as a Boat Race Official (BRO). She is a FISA umpire, allowing her to officiate at international events.

Ben James is a current rowing parent who has been associated with rowing since learning to row at Brisbane’s Church of England Grammar School (Churchie) in 1982. Ben stroked their 1st VIII, was Captain of Rowing and rowed at the Queensland titles in 1986. He rowed at ADFA and was a member of the first ADFA crew to win the Disher Cup in 1989. Ben has spent many hours rowing on Lake Burley Griffin while training, competing in ACT Regattas or supporting from the sidelines and volunteering as a parent.

Ben Page is a Canberra man who has been rowing since his school days at Marist College. A coach with both Marist and Canberra Grammar School, Ben recently volunteered as the assistant team manager for the ADF King’s Cup team at Henley earlier this year. Ben assists with ADFA Rowing Club and is coordinating this year’s Disher Cup.

Kent Peters is another rowing parent, with his sons Ethan and Jaedon transitioning from CGS to Canberra Rowing Club. Kent has volunteered as a BRO in both Perth and Canberra, and will become the new Director of Finance.

On behalf of Rowing ACT we would like to thank David, Vince, and Bill for their service over many years. We would also like to thank Catherine Bowyer for her time on the Board and congratulate her in her new role as Chair of the Regatta Sub-Committee.

Rowing ACT would like to recognise and thank Tom Trobe for his work chairing the Regatta Sub-Committee over the last two years and also thank Alison Chinn for her significant work as Regatta Secretary over the last three years.

The 2019 Rowing ACT Board is:
Alison Creagh (President, CRC/ADF Rowing), Alison Chinn (CRC), Ben James (CGS), Ben Page (ADFA), Caroline Pijpers (CGGS), Catherine Garrington (BRO), Deb Styman (LTRC), Kent Peters (CGS/BRO), Nick Hunter (ANUBC)