Friends of Rowing

Strathcona Rowing has become a strong club since its inception in 2006. Strong parental support, a responsive Friends of Rowing Group and an experienced and enthusiastic coaching staff continue to develop the girls’ skills and bring out their best.

Strathcona Rowing is based at the Tay Creggan campus in Hawthorn on the Yarra River, where we are fortunate to have our own jetty. Rowers have access to:

  • storage facilities
  • a fleet of 17 boats, including quads, single and double sculls
  • a dedicated fitness area
  • eight ergo exercise machines
  • before school and afternoon coaching sessions.

Program Structure

Rowing at Strathcona is offered to girls from Year 8 to Year 12. The rowing season begins in Term 3 and culminates in the following school year with the Head of School Girls’ (HOSG) Regatta in Geelong at the end of Term 1. The HOSG is the largest girls’ rowing regatta in the southern hemisphere, hosting over 1,800 athletes in 370 crews from over 40 girls’ schools across Victoria.

There are a number of lead up regattas in Term 4 and Term 1 that provide the opportunity for girls to improve their skills and build their race experience.

Term 3 is essentially a ‘learn to row’ program for new participants and generally comprises one on-water and one off-water session per week. In early spring, we conduct the Annual ‘Strathy Regatta’ which is a combined House Regatta for the girls and a Parents’ Regatta for those ‘learn to row’ parents wanting to compete (see details below).

In Term 4 the training intensifies with three on-water sessions per week plus some fitness work and a number of Rowing Victoria Regattas against other schools. At the end of Term 4 there is a three or four day camp generally held during the day at Tay Creggan.

The Term 1 program begins with a five day rowing camp prior to the commencement of the school year. Then there are three on-water and, one or two off-water sessions per week as well as a number of lead up regattas prior to the HOSG Regatta.

Parental Involvement with Strathcona Rowing

Parents also have the opportunity to participate with either a five session or eight session ‘learn to row’ program and have the chance to compete in the ‘Strathy Regatta’ at the beginning of spring each year. Parents can form their own crew or we can form a crew for you. The program is designed for first time rowers or rowers with some experience looking to improve. All programs include Introduction Sessions focusing on understanding the boat, safety and basic technique prior to taking the boat out on the water.

The Rowing Experience

Rowing is an incredibly popular sport amongst girls’ schools. It promotes a high level of fitness, develops discipline and resilience and engenders teamwork unparalleled in other sports. It’s also lots of fun with plenty of socialising and it’s a great way for students and parents to build new friendships.

For further information

You can request further information or register your interest in any of the programs being offered by emailing Michael Cornwell or phoning 0411 732 233.