Club Champions

Gary Gullock

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

1975 & 1976 – Head of the Lake crews with Ballarat High
1977 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship six seat - Fifth
1983 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship – Third
1984 – Olympic Games – Men’s Quad Scull two seat – Silver
1985 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship - First
1986 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship - Third
1988 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First
1991 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat - First
1992 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat - First
1994 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First

1984 Olympic Quad - Gary in two seat

Gary was not only an accomplished sculler but also loved racing in sweep boats, particularly King’s Cup eights. Not only did he love it, but also those who joined him In these boats. The 1988 King’s Cup crew was beginning to look like a scullers eight, stroked by Peter Antonie, Gary in the two seat and Hamish McGlashan reserve. 

Andrew Guerin 2010


985 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship - First
1986 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship - Third
1988 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First


Matthew Russell

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

1994 – Nations Cup – Men’s Lightweight Four three seat - Fourth
1994 – Trans Tasman Under 23 – Men’s Lightweight Four
1996 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship stroke - First
1997 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship two seat - Second
1997 - World Championships - Men’s Lightweight reserve
2000 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship bow – Third
2000 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight bow - Bronze
2002 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat – Fourth
2002 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Pair bow – Ninth
1995-1997 - Director of Coaching at Ballarat and Clarendon College before moving to Tasmania
1992-1997 – Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club Committee

Matt Ruseel stroking an Australian pair in 1997

Matt commenced his rowing at Ballarat and Clarendon College before joining Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club. Being a ‘proud Ballarat Boy’, Matthew has fond memories of 1997 for a number of reasons. It was the first all-Ballarat Victorian crew racing in the Penrith Cup with Rob Richards, Tim Wright and Anthony Edwards. The same crew won the National Championship lightweight four in a cracker of a race. They were bow ball to bow ball all the way down the course with another Victorian based crew including Stuart Peile, Andrew Lane, Stuart Purves and Darren Balmforth. He regards the win against such strong competition with three close mates as “simply fantastic”. Also in 1997 he had another superb race, at the Lucerne World Cup in the lightweight pair final together with Tasmanian Andrew Butler. The crew moved into the lead from the 1000 and secured the silver in a photo finish. Well done Matt.


Andrew McKinley


Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

1977 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship - First
1978 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship - First
1978 – World Championships Men's Lightweight Single Scull — tenth

1979 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship – First



Emily Martin

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

1997 – Interstate Women’s Youth Eight Championship four seat - First
1998 – Interstate Women’s Youth Eight Championship seven seat - First
1998 – Nations Cup – Women’s Four two seat - Gold
1999 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship three seat - First
1999 – World Championships – Women’s Eight five seat - Fifth
2000 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship - First
2000 – Olympic Games – Women’s Eight seven seat – Fifth
2001 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship four seat - First
2001 – World Championships – Women’s Pair bow – Fourth
2001 – World Championships – Women’s Eight five seat - Gold
2002 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship stroke - Second
2002 – World Championships – Women’s Pair bow - Sixth
2003 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship seven seat - Second
2004 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship two seat – Third
2005 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships five – Gold
2005 - World Championships Women’s Eight five– Gold
2005 - World Championships Women’s Four two– Gold
2006 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships five – Gold
2006 - World Championships Women’s Eight seven– Bronze
2006 - World Championships Women’s Pair bow – Ninth
2007 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships three – Gold
2007 – World Championships Women’s Four three - Bronze
2010 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships seven – Gold

2005 World Champion Eight - Emily front row second from left

Emily, now Emily Carmody, started rowing at Ballarat Grammar School which then was located at Wendouree Ballarat boatshed. She was inspired by seeing 1996 Atlanta Olympian Anthony Edwards around the shed and progressed to club rowing in the same manner as he had done.

Emily regards the highlight of her career as “the 2001 Women’s eight gold at the Lake of the Gods, the Rotsee in Lucerne”. It was the first ever medal for an Australian women’s eight at a World Championships. Emily also tells the story that “the cox box stopped working half way down the course so it was lucky we all knew the race plan!” Her other highlight was of course the 2005 Women’s eight gold at World Championships in Gifu Japan. Locally, Emily always enjoyed the Interstate races and in particular, the 2005 Victorian crew which raced excellently.

Even with her great results, she regards the best thing that she got out of rowing was the great and ongoing friendships made with crew mates along the journey.

Andrew Guerin 2015


Robert Richards

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club (VIC)

1997 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship stroke - Second
1997 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight six seat – Gold
1998 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship stroke - Second
1998 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Four stroke – Bronze
1999 –Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship stroke – Second
1999 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Four bow - Silver
2000 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship - Third
2000 – Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four stroke – Silver

Rob in the stroke seat of the Sydney Games Lightweight Four

Andrew Guerin 2010


Anthony Edwards

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club then to Tasmania in 2006

1992 – Trans Tasman Under 23 Series Australian Men’s lightweight sculling
1993 - World Championships - Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull three seat - Seventh
1994 - World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull three seat - Fifth
1995 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship - Second
1995 - World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Double Scull bow - Bronze
1996 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat - First
1996 - Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Double Scull bow – Bronze
1997 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat - Second
1997 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Double Scull bow –Fifth
1998 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat - Second
1998 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Four three seat – Bronze
1999 –Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat – Second
1999 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat - Silver
2000 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship - Third
2000 - Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat – Silver
2002 – Interstate Men’s Scull – Fourth
2002 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Single Scull - Fifth
2003 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship 3 seat - Sixth
2003 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Double Scull bow – Tenth
2004 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship bow - Second
2004 – Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat – Silver
2007 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat – Seventh
2008 – Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat – Ninth
2010 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four (Tas) – First
2010 – World Championships Men’s Lightweight Four

2012 – Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Four bow seat – Fourth

Anthony Edwards after the 1996 Medal presentations

Anthony had an uncomfortable time in Beijing as he rowed with a broken rib. His attempt at open sculling in 2002 in the Interstate Championships was going well until the 1000m mark when the bigger scullers came to the fore. Anthony is currently the development officer of Rowing Tasmania.

Andrew Guerin 2010


Tim Wright

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

1994 – Nations Cup – Men’s Lightweight Four three seat - Fourth
1995 – Nations Cup – Men’s Lightweight Four three seat - Silver
1997 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship bow - Second
1997 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight bow – Gold
1999 – Interstate Championships -Men’s Lightweight Four bow – Second

1997 Lightweight Eight - Tim in the bow seat

Tim commenced his rowing at Ballarat High School in 1985 as a cox. He was introduced to the sport by his father who was then coaching his older brother. After 3 years of coxing, he commenced rowing at the age of 15. He has continued his interest in the sport as a rowing umpire and also as a regatta official at Ballarat regattas.


The Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club would like to thank Andrew Guerin for all of his work and the Australian Rowing History web site.

WBRC Address:
Shed 29, Lake Wendouree Foreshore, Ballarat, Vic, 3350
PO Box 162 Wendouree, VIC, 3355
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