Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club

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


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  • 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.

  • 26 Nov 2018 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Hi All,

    You may have noticed some new racks in the shed recently. We have worked closely with Findlay Engineering for the supply and install of these racks and they have done an amazing job.

    Please make sure you consider Findlay Engineering for any Steel work you require in the future. Contact Duane Findlay on 0408 518 427

  • 23 Aug 2018 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    Four women in a rowing boat with barrage in the background

    A croc-infested, muddy river in central Queensland has been hailed as "gold" 

    as a training ground for Australia's elite rowers.

    The Australian team has been in a training camp at Rockhampton, honing their speed on the mighty Fitzroy River ahead of the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria next month. The Australian team has been in a training camp at Rockhampton, honing their speed on the mighty Fitzroy River ahead of the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria next month.

    Read the full storey here.

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