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Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

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


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  • 21 Nov 2023 9:05 PM | Anonymous

    The Success of Jamie McDonald, Katie Jackson, and Lucy Richardson at the World Under-19 Rowing Championships

    The World Under-19 Rowing Championships, held at the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium in Paris, France, showcased remarkable talents, but few shone as brightly as the Australian pair of Katie Jackson and Lucy Richardson, under the guidance of their coach Jamie McDonald.

    Triumph of Jackson and Richardson

    Katie Jackson and Lucy Richardson emerged as stars in the world of rowing at this prestigious event. They secured a bronze medal in a fiercely contested A final, demonstrating exceptional skill and determination. Their success is a testament to their hard work and the expert coaching they received. They faced stiff competition from teams across the globe, including strong contenders from Romania and Greece, who ultimately took the first two spots​



    The Coaching Brilliance of Jamie McDonald

    Behind every great athlete or team, there's often an exceptional coach, and in this case, it is Jamie McDonald. His coaching was instrumental in honing the skills of Jackson and Richardson, helping them to navigate through the challenges of a high-stakes international competition and ultimately secure a place on the podium. The duo's achievement under McDonald's guidance is a clear indication of his expertise and ability to inspire his athletes to perform at their best.

    A Competitive Field

    The achievement of Jackson and Richardson is underscored by the highly competitive nature of the event. The women’s pair category didn’t include any returning medalists from the previous year, suggesting a wide-open field with numerous strong competitors. The Australian duo had previously raced together in the eight category, making their success in the pair category even more noteworthy​



    The bronze medal win by Katie Jackson and Lucy Richardson, guided by the experienced Jamie McDonald, is a shining example of Australia's growing prowess in rowing. Their success at the World Under-19 Rowing Championships not only marks a personal triumph for the athletes and their coach but also serves as an inspiration for young rowers worldwide. This achievement is a testament to their dedication, skill, and the strategic guidance of their coach, laying a strong foundation for their future endeavors in the sport.

  • 09 May 2023 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club Celebrates Athletes and Coach Selected for U19 World Championships


    BALLARAT, Australia — May 9, 2023 — The Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club is immensely proud to announce that two of its talented rowers, Lucy Richardson and Katie Jackson, have been selected to represent Australia in the U19 World Championships. The prestigious event will be held in Paris, France, at the Vaires-sur-Marne venue on August 2nd.

    Both Lucy and Katie have demonstrated exceptional skill, dedication, and sportsmanship throughout their time at the Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club, and their selection to compete at the international level is a testament to their hard work and the strong support of their fellow club members, friends, and families.

    The Club is also thrilled to share that our very own Jamie McDonald has been chosen to represent Australia as the coach for these two incredible athletes. Jamie's expertise, experience, and unwavering commitment to the growth and success of our rowers have been instrumental in guiding Lucy and Katie to this incredible achievement.

    Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club President, John King, said, "We are extremely proud of Lucy, Katie, and Jamie for their remarkable accomplishments. This is a tremendous opportunity for them to showcase their talents on the world stage and bring further recognition to our club and Australian rowing as a whole. We wish them the best of luck in Paris and know they will do us proud.

    Please join us in congratulating Lucy Richardson, Katie Jackson, and Jamie McDonald on their outstanding achievements, and extend your support as they prepare to represent Australia at the U19 World Championships.

    About Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club: Founded in 1861, the Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club is dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of rowing in the Ballarat community. With a strong focus on the development and growth of athletes, the club provides an inclusive and welcoming environment that fosters excellence, camaraderie, and a love for the sport.

    John King


    Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

  • 31 Jan 2023 10:54 PM | Anonymous

    Supporting Local Rowing: The Key to Building a Strong Community

    Rowing is a sport that requires a strong community to thrive, and supporting local rowing teams is essential for promoting the sport and building a strong rowing culture. Here are some ways to support local rowing:

    1. Attend Rowing Events: Attend local rowing events and competitions to show support for your community's rowing teams. This can include regattas, charity events, and demonstrations.

    2. Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to support local rowing programs. This can include coaching, volunteering at events, and providing equipment and facilities.

    3. Donate: Consider making a financial contribution to support local rowing programs and organizations. This can help fund equipment, training, and other resources for young rowers.

    4. Promote the Sport: Share your love for rowing with others and promote the sport in your community. This can include participating in local events, speaking at schools, and sharing your rowing story.

    5. Support Local Businesses: Support local businesses that support rowing in your community, such as boathouses, rowing shops, and equipment suppliers.

    6. Mentor Young Rowers: Share your knowledge and experience with young rowers by volunteering as a mentor. This can include coaching, offering advice, and providing support.

    7. Participate in Community Outreach Programs: Participate in community outreach programs that promote rowing, such as youth rowing programs and adaptive rowing initiatives.

    Supporting local rowing can have a significant impact on the sport and the community, by promoting a positive and inclusive culture and providing opportunities for young rowers to develop and succeed. By working together, we can build a strong rowing community that promotes the sport and celebrates the achievements of local rowers.

  • 31 Jan 2023 10:38 PM | Anonymous

    Successful Rowing Leadership: Key Strategies for a Winning Team

    Rowing is a sport that requires a high level of teamwork, coordination and leadership. As the leader of a rowing team, it's essential to have a clear vision and effective strategies in place to ensure success both on and off the water. Here are some key strategies for successful rowing leadership:

    1. Set Clear Goals: Clearly communicate your team's objectives and expectations to all members. This will ensure that everyone is working towards the same goals and help build a strong sense of purpose.

    2. Develop a Strong Culture: Foster a culture of trust, respect and accountability within your team. Encourage open communication and create an environment where every member feels valued and heard.

    3. Lead by Example: As a leader, it's essential to set a positive example for your team. This includes exhibiting good sportsmanship, being punctual and dedicated, and showing a strong work ethic.

    4. Embrace Diversity: Embrace diversity among your team members and recognise the unique strengths and contributions of each individual. This will foster a more inclusive and collaborative team environment.

    5. Encourage Continuous Improvement: Encourage your team to continuously improve and strive for excellence. This includes regular training sessions, regular feedback and goal-setting, and a focus on technique and strategy.

    6. Foster a Positive Attitude: A positive attitude is contagious and can have a significant impact on the overall morale of your team. Encourage positivity and encourage your team to remain optimistic, even in challenging situations.

    7. Promote Communication: Regular and effective communication is key to successful rowing leadership. Encourage open communication between team members and be available to listen and respond to any concerns or questions.

    8. Recognise and Celebrate Success: Celebrate the successes and achievements of your team, both big and small. Recognising individual and team accomplishments can help build morale and motivation.

    By following these key strategies, you can create a winning rowing team and foster a positive and successful leadership experience for both you and your team members.

  • 10 Sep 2021 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    REGIONAL RESTRICTIONS EASED - Notice from Rowing Victoria


    Many thanks for your patience. On the advice of the State's public health team, restrictions have eased across Regional Victoria excl. Shepparton.

    Relevant to our Regional Community, excluding Shepparton, the following opportunities and requirements apply until September 23:

    • No Stay-at-Home requirement or 5km travel restrictions.
    • Rowing Clubs and waterways are now open. Access to and use of boats is permitted.
    • Maximum of 10 at a time within the boat shed retrieving/ returning boats. Please roster accordingly.
    • Change rooms cannot be used. Access is available to indoor toilets.
    • Indoor Gyms/ cardio & weight rooms cannot be accessed for use.
    • All rowing equipment to be cleaned and sanitised after use.
    • QR codes to be used upon arrival with a crew person/ coach responsible for ensuring compliance.
    • Canteens/ Bars/ social rooms open with a capacity of 10.
    • Users are to remain seated unless ordering food/ drinks or going to the toilet.
    • QR codes to be used upon arrival with canteen manager responsible for compliance.
    • Masks are to worn inside and outside and are not required to be worn when exercising.

    Please continue to review the published exposure sites, their exposure windows, exposure Tiers and the indicated necessary action in efforts to keep the community safe.

    Rowing Victoria will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with the community surrounding exposure sites and any amendments to public health advice.

    Stay safe, Stay Rowing!

  • 22 Aug 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The 137th AGM was conducted online on the 22nd of August 2021. follow the links below to documents and full recording of the event.

    View event on this link.

    WBRC Annual Report 2020-21.pdf

    CountPro Year-end Audit Finalisation Report - Signed.pdf

    Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club Financials 2021 - Signed.pdf

    Minutes 2020 WBRC AGM.pdf

    2022 Subs.pdf

  • 27 May 2021 5:51 PM | Alicia IVORY

    Due to the lockdown that will commence at midnight tonight, the shed will be closed for the next 7 days. Below is some information to help us all stay safe and comply with restrictions. 

    Rowing Victoria update available here.

    WBRC shed closed: 

    The shed will be closed from midnight tonight. If you have a private boat stored in the shed you will not be able to access it during this period.

    Winter Program:

    The program is on hold until the lockdown is complete. Further information will be sent directly to participants. 

    Online fitness sessions:

    Online fitness sessions may be developed once again - Juniors who are interested should contact Paul Blanchfield.

    Adult online fitness will recommence on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am. Contact Alicia via for the link. 


    The shed is stocked with sanitiser at the entry door and available for use on shared equipment. Boat washing, face masks, and disinfecting ergos will continue in line with Rowing Victoria and Chief Health Officer recommendations. Please continue to sign in via the book and use the WBRC QR code for contact tracing. 

  • 19 Jun 2020 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    The club has been successful in receiving a $1000 grant from the State Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria. 

    It is intended to provide the club some support during these unprecedented times. The funds will be used for the ongoing maintenance of our fleet to help us all get back on the water. Thank you to Juliana Addison MP for the phone call to our Captain confirming our success in the grant. 

  • 14 May 2020 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    As we are now entering into a new stage of the COVID-19 health crisis where social restrictions are beginning to be relaxed, the Wendouree-Ballarat Rowing Club would like to invite its membership to return to use of the club and its equipment. There are several steps we must take to be able to return to rowing, these are:

    • No more than 10 individuals in the shed at any one time.
    • If you have flu like symptoms, please stay home.
    • WBRC is open for accessing the lake / rowing only – the kitchen & upstairs bar are both off limits.
    • All members must sign into calendar in ergo room for each session.
    • You are encouraged to avoid using the shed change rooms & toilets.
    • A nominated safety officer must be present at each session (this can be any adult, primary responsibility is to ensure RV Return to Rowing COVID-19 policy is followed. Draft policy can be found here, this is a working document).
    • Safety Officer procedure is posted on the notice board above the sign in diary.
    • Any member accessing WBRC outside of structured training times is the self-appointed safety officer.
    • All members must sanitize their hands on entry to the building.
    • When using club equipment, equipment will be washed / sanitized at the completion of the training session.
    • No crew boats are to be rowed.
    • Single sculls only.
    • No loitering in the shed.
    • Follow the 1.5m social distancing rules.
    • Please BYO hand sanitizer and boat wash.
    • Any member accessing the WBRC outside of scheduled group sessions must email Alicia in advance of accessing WBRC.

    The Wendouree-Ballarat RC is open for use right now!!! As the club has not been used in some time we need volunteers on Sunday 17th May to assist with a socially distanced working bee to give the club and equipment a good clean. If you are available please register below.

    Adult & masters rowers are encouraged to begin sculling right now! If you reside in a house with multiple rowers then you are able to row in a single scull or a pair / double scull – this is the only exception to the rules above. All adult & masters members must email Alicia in advance of accessing WBRC, to ensure we are not breaking the 10 person limit.

    A group sculling session is on offer for all adult & masters rowers from Sunday 24th May, registration link is below. Start time will be finalised once members have signed up & indicated their preference.

    We also ask that adult & masters members avoid accessing the shed when junior training is on, this is due to the 10 individuals at a time occupancy rule, junior session times are listed below.

    Regular junior squad rowing training will also be resuming under the same guidelines as mentioned above, we have 4 options for juniors to return to rowing. Please nominate your preferred day below. No more than 8 junior rowers in a single session, 1-2 coaches / safety officers attending, single sculling only.

    Junior Rowing sessions Term 2 2020: (Beginning Monday 18th May)

    • Monday 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    • Tuesday 4:00pm – 5:30pm (reserved for new junior members & learn to scull)
    • Wednesday 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    • Thursday 4:00pm – 5:30pm

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact Alicia or Paul.

    Happy Rowing!




  • 12 May 2020 8:16 PM | Alicia IVORY

    Tonight, Rowing Victoria briefed all rowing clubs via video link. New guidelines are in development and (pending implementation of the guidelines), clubs have the green light to open from midnight tonight (12 May 2020). 

    The rowing committee will implement the necessary hygiene requirements and we look forward to helping members get back on the water this week. Cooperation is required from all members who want to return to on-water training. 

    Thank you to all members who have supported the club during the closure. We will continue some online training until we can open the gym again. For more info on what is available to join in during the current restrictions, please visit out “Events” page, or contact us via our “Contact Us” page or via WBRC on Facebook. More information will be available this week. 

    New members are very welcome and learn to row sessions will be scheduled as restrictions are further reduced. 

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