Albert Park-South Melbourne Rowing Club
The Albert Park and South Melbourne Rowing Clubs amalgamated in 1995 as part of the Albert Park Lake redevelopment.
The three clubhouses - South Melbourne, Albert Park, and Caulfield – were razed, and in their place the Plant-Williamson Rowing Pavilion was built. Named after Albert Park’s George Plant and South Melbourne’s Dudley Williamson, the Pavilion has clubrooms including a function hall with 270 degree views upstairs, and 5 rowing bays downstairs including two boat bays and one maintenance bay used by Caulfield Grammar, and two bays used by the Albert Park-South Melbourne Rowing Club.
The new committee consisted of Peter Watson, Peter Ford, Bruce Lonergan, Rod Florence, Ian Christie, Marion Gertler, Max Shaw, Keith Tyrrell, Tom Gutcher, Alan Just and Tanya Newman.
In 1995, Tanya paired up with Lisa Letic to commence a very successful two years of racing, coached by Peter Watson.
The following year, Tanya won the State Championship Intermediate single scull, and with Lisa the State Championship Intermediate Double Scull.
In 1997, Tanya and Lisa won the State Championship lightweight senior double scull. At the time, they were the only actively competitive members of the club, yet managed to finish the club in the top 3 for senior premiership points. That same year, Tanya became the club’s first representative for Victoria in the Australasian Under 23 regattas, which she was again in 1998. Both years she stroked and won the lightweight double scull, teaming up with future 2012 Olympian Hannah Every in 1998.
Today the club has over 150 members and consists of active rowers (junior, senior, and masters) as well as life and social members. Our activities include social rowing, competitive rowing, social fundraisers, working bees, boat christenings, and Christmas parties.
All of our achievements are due to the enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers.
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