Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

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


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  • 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 (Administrator)

    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 captain@wbrc.com.au 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 (Administrator)

    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. 

  • 14 Mar 2020 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    The NOVEL CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19) is causing worldwide concern with cases now occurring in many countries. Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club takes health and safety seriously and wish to provide up to date information for members with regard to activities at the club.

    The situation is changing on a daily basis, and it is important that the community follows current Australian Government advice. Click here for further details. The website also contains general advice regarding COVID-19.

    The AIS website is regularly updated with advice on the impact of coronavirus and sporting activity. This important page can be viewed by clicking here.

    If you are feeling unwell or are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you do not attend the club or club events and follow Australian Government guidelines. For the latest information go to health.gov.au

    Below we have listed important advice for all members to remain healthy when participating in rowing at visiting the club. This list is a guide and is by no means exhaustive of all preventative measures.

    Hand Hygiene

    • Everyone must practice good hygiene, this is critical to help protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:
    • washing your hands often with soap and water, for 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand rub
    • using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
    • avoiding close contact with others including personal greetings, such as touching, handshakes, kisses, and hugs. Fist pumps are appropriate.


    The bathrooms at WBRC are regularly cleaned to ensure good hygiene standards are maintained. It is important to remember you must wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly after going to the bathroom and maintain good hygiene practices when using both toilets and showers at club.

    Cleaning of Ergos

    Anti-bacterial wipes must be used every time an individual concludes their session on an ergo.

    Cleaning of Gym Equipment

    Anti-bacterial wipes should also be used following use of other gym equipment including bikes and weights etc.

    Cleaning of Oars and Boats

    We know that oars and boats are shared by members. It is important that all oars and boats are thoroughly washed with appropriate soap and water (not just water) to ensure hygiene standards are maintained.

  • 04 Apr 2019 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the WBRC U17 Girls Coxed Quad Scull, after a fantastic row in the repechage (with an incredible final 500m) finishing 4th out of 7 their ARC journey has ended. A wonderful effort all around and a pleasure to have in the program. And a big thank you to John King for coaching and organising the crew!

    From (L-R) Gabrielle MacDonald, Jess Hawker, Casey Dodd, Tea' Johns, Genevieve Pittard

  • 04 Apr 2019 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    A big congratulations to our U19 Coxed Four who after a very tough race finished 6th in the A Final with a time of 7:43.1!!! A fantastic row by all the girls and we beat the crew that beat us in the heat earlier in the week!!!

    from (L-R) Georgia Loader, Hannah Augustine, Lucy Kirwan-Hamilton, Ingrid Ellis, Amy Foley

  • 04 Apr 2019 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    WBRC has now completed its AUS Rowing Championships campaign with the U17 Boys Coxed Quad Scull not progressing from the semi final. It was an incredibly tough race with all 8 boats going through the 1000m mark within 4 seconds of each other. Well done to the crew on a fantastic regatta!

    From L-R. Will Usher, James Lawry, Kirsten Rolt, Sebastian Pendelbury, Hugh Bond.

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