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  • 22 Jan 2014 10:06 PM | Anonymous
    Thank you to all members who did APSM online survey. Your time and valuable feedbacks are appreciated and we hope you will see the improvement soon. 

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  • 29 Nov 2013 11:27 PM | Anonymous

    "It is with great regret we announce that Brian Dalton passed away on Thursday morning.

    Brian joined South Melbourne Rowing Club in 1964 along with Keith Tyrrell.  Becoming a club coach in the 1970s,  Brian became a state level coach for lightweight women at the Melbourne University Ladies Rowing Club in 1980.  He coached Australian crews at World Championship regattas in 1980, 1984-86, and 1990-93.  In 1986 he coached the Australian Women's Lightweight Four for the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, and 10 years later coached the Australian Women’s Eight for the Atlanta Olympics.  Since that time, he has been a school coach, who, together with Peter Antonie, notably coached the 1999 Xavier College 1st VIII to its first victory in 51 years.  Brian was a life member of the club, and for his achievements at state and national level, Brian was inducted into the Rowing Victoria Hall of Fame last Saturday night.

    Brian was a well-known and much loved member of the Victorian Rowing Community and he will be sadly missed.

    Brian Dalton - 3 Seat

    Brian Dalton, coach

    1964 - Joined the South Melbourne Rowing Club

    1980 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1980 – Canadian Henley – Women’s Lightweight Four coach – First

    1981 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach – First

    1981 – Canadian Henley – Women’s Lightweight Four coach – First

    1982 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1983 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1984 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach – First

    1984 – World Championships –Women’s Lightweight Eight (test event) coach – Silver

    1985 – Interstate Women’s lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1985 – World Championships – Women’s Lightweight Four coach – Gold

    1986 – Interstate Women’s lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1986 – World Championships – Women’s Lightweight Four coach – Fourth

    1986 – Commonwealth Games – Women’s Lightweight Four coach – Silver

    1990 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1990 – World Championships - Women’s Lightweight Four coach – Silver

    1991 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1991 – World Championships – Women’s Lightweight Four coach – Fifth

    1992 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1992 – Interstate Women’s Four Championship coach - Third

    1992 – World Championships – Women’s Lightweight Four coach – Gold

    1993 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach - First

    1993 – World Championships – Women’s Lightweight Four coach - Fourth

    1996 - Olympic Games – Women’s Eight coach – Fifth

    2000 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship coach – Third

    2013 – Inducted into the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame"

    Peter Watson (left) / Brian (right)
  • 26 Nov 2013 4:59 PM | Anonymous


    On the occasion of the John Gorman Christening on (date?), Michael Wittner interviewed John Gorman about his involvement with APSM Rowing Club.

    Q When did you start rowing? What year and where?
    A: I was about to celebrate my 14th birthday in 1968 and I was a boarder at Xavier, our coach was Doc. Burke from Hawthorn.

    Q What is it about rowing that motivates you?
    A: The exercise, being on the water and not in it ......and the people you encounter along the way.

    Q When did you join the committee and in what capacity?
    A :2005 as a Club Member Representative.... I think there were a couple of vacancies at the time. Membership was pretty thin and financially the Club was strapped for cash.

    Q What was the years of your Presidency at the Club?
    A: Offically four years as President from Sept 2009 to the last AGM. Rod Florence had to take up a roll with the RV Committee early in the 2008 season, so I filled in until my election the following year.

    Q Proudest Achievement(s) whilst President?
    A: Absolutely getting Jock Rowland onto the Committee and into the Treasurers roll..... and of course getting to row with Jock at Rutherglen.... Jock brought stability to the finances of the Club and enabled us to consolidate the tenancies which are now a healthy component of the Club's revenue streams.
    I think also the encouragement we created as a committee to cover regatta fees for three regattas, for copetitive rowers, was a significant change to the Clubs relationship with its members and of course the appointment of Lu Beranek as Club Coach, has to be the turning point for our Club development.

    Q Do you have any special message you would like to pass onto members?
    A: Not so much a special message but it's important to acknowledge that the Club is now in good shape because a lot of people support it in many different ways.

    Don't fall into the trap of ASSUMING things will happen without your own input.... Always lend a hand where you can and remember to support those who are "putting their hand up" to ensure that the Club operates effectively and functions as a competitive rowing Club.


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  • 07 Apr 2013 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    Early morning fog meant low visibility at the Geelong Masters’ Regatta on the Barwon yesterday.  The fog had not lifted by 10.30am and racing was suspended for some minutes.  The fog soon cleared, and once racing recommenced a very successful regatta in perfect conditions was enjoyed by our APSM rowers.

    Success in the men’s masters E-F double scull by Allen and Dave was soon followed by a double victory for the girls – first for MC and Kerry in the women’s double scull, then immediately afterwards by Tanya and Kaye.  All up, there were three winning double sculls and one mixed quadscull win for our club.  Let’s see if they can hold on to this winning streak at the Lake Regatta next weekend!

    Entries for the Albert Park Lake Masters Regatta on Saturday, April 13 are still open on ROMS.  Entries close tonight at 7pm.   To enter, please click here or visit

    More photos from Geelong can be found here.

  • 04 Apr 2013 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    2013 Australian HenleyIt was a hot day again at Henley this year, and new boat classes such as the women’s and men’s C-grade fours and quadsculls allowed smaller clubs like ours the chance to boat a crew at this year’s regatta.  Henley-on-Yarra – aka the Australian Henley – has been running in the city of Melbourne since 1904, and this year’s APSM crew came from the women’s C-grade quadscull.  Unfortunately, our girls were beaten in their heat by Ruyton Girls’ School.

    A number of our members took part in the re-dedication ceremony for the Oarsmen’s Cenotaph - a WWI war memorial on Boathouse Drive.  The ceremony featured the Hon. Hugh Delahunty (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Sport and Recreation), Susan Riley (Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne) and Lt. Col. Chris Grigsby (Defence Health).  Bob Duncan represented Albert Park and John Gorman was there for South Melbourne. 

    Other members who were there include Jock, Richard, Peaches, Kim, John R, Don, Grace and of course Nick who was one of the organizers of this special event.  Bob had borrowed Don’s Albert Park blazer for the day, and the MARA Committee – which organizes the Australian Henley – is hoping to feature the Oarsmen’s Cenotaph (and a return to wearing blazers) again at next year’s regatta.

    There was talk of developing our own APSM blazer – if you have a design that you think represents the club, please contact Grace, our club kit secretary.

  • 04 Apr 2013 10:16 PM | Anonymous

    New member Pat Sepulveda competed last month in the 2012-2013 Victorian State Championships in the Allen McCowan single scull.  Pat has been rowing at APSM since he completed Learn to Row just 6 months ago, and has been training hard to get ready for this regatta.  Pat’s first win for the club was with Jin Ho in the D Final of the Men’s D Grade Double Scull at Rutherglen, where he also competed in the coxed quad, four, and eight.

    Part of Pat’s rowing prowess may be his natural talent for sport.  He first represented on the National team for his native Chile in basketball in the Under 16s.  At 17 he was offered a number of scholarships to colleges in the US, but a hernia led him to switch to triathlon.  Three years competing as a track cyclist earned him selection on the Chilean National team a second time at age 21. 

    Competition at this level led to repeated hamstring and lower back injuries, so he decided to move to Australia and focus on study.  Pat completed a Bachelor in Applied Science at Deakin, then spent a year at the University of Uppsala in Sweden doing neuro-muscular research. 

    On a weekend trip away, he met a girl named Maria in a bar in Estonia.  Returning to Australia, Pat did his Honours degree at Deakin and a PhD in Molecular Biology and Gene Therapy at Baker IDI while spending his spare time surfing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, going to the gym, cycling, and keeping in touch with Maria.  He then married Maria and brought her out to live in Melbourne.

    Keen to return to competition, Pat starting talking to Maria about different sports while watching the 2012 Olympics at home.  Pat wanted a no-impact, non weight-bearing sport to avoid any further injuries.  Swimming wasn’t enough of a mental challenge, cycling was too dangerous, and they wanted a sport they could both do. 

    At 186cm, Pat had been thinking about rowing for a while, so they emailed the club and both joined.  Pat has been training with Allen and can often be seen out in a single scull or going for a jog around the lake.

    Footage of Pat’s Rutherglen win can be found on APSM’s facebook page by clicking here.

    APSM holds regular Learn to Row courses at Albert Park Lake run by our Head Coach Lu Beranek.  The current course started on March 31 but there is still one spot left at the time of publication.  To register your interest, please visit our Contact page.

  • 04 Apr 2013 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    These smiling faces belong to Kim Cowie, Robyn Summers, Peaches Earl (Melb), Kaye Schmidt and Zinzan Lockyer (Wesley) as coxswain l in the women’s quadscull who won in a first & final at the annual Henley-on-Maribyrnong on Sunday, March 24 2013 at Essendon Rowing Club. 

    Other crews who entered include Pat Sepulveda in the men’s single scull, Kaye Schmidt and Kim Cowie in the women’s double scull, and Allen McCowan in the men’s single scull.  Congratulations go to Allen McCowan and the women’s quadscull for their wins – all in excellent form. 

    Thanks go to Garth Lockyer and Ivana Mirkovic who came along as support crew, and extra special thanks go to Ro Lockyer for the hot cross buns!

    For more photos from Henley-on-Maribyrnong, click here.

  • 04 Apr 2013 8:53 PM | Anonymous

    2012 APL Masters RegattaThe Albert Park Lake Masters Regatta will be held on Saturday, April 13.  Hosted by Y Rowing, the Melbourne Argonauts, and of course APSM, entries are now open for this fun, short-course regatta for rowers aged 27 and over on beautiful Albert Park Lake. 

    Racing commences at approximately 9am and concludes at around 1pm.  Presentations will follow in the APSM bar.

    Photos of last year’s regatta can be found here.

    To enter, please visit or click here.  Entries close at 7pm on Sunday, 7 April, 2013.

  • 18 Jan 2013 11:15 PM | Anonymous

    Thirty-three competitors from APSM made their way to Lake Moodemere last weekend in what has been the largest MRA & Rutherglen Regatta in recent history.  Our crews competed in a variety of grade and masters events for male, female, and mixed crews.

    APSM juniors also competed in under 17 and B grade events.  The club left a big impression on the rowing community with the referee, Rene Klupacs, commenting that he hadn’t seen a graded men’s eight from Albert Park or South Melbourne in 20 years.

    The club came 14th out of 28 in the medal tally, with 3 wins, 4 second places, and 8 thirds.

    There will be a slide show of all the action on Thursday, 24th January 2013 from 7pm.  Come along and hear about the wins, losses, near misses, and the 4 tyres on the trailer that had to be changed!  The bar will be open and there’ll be a sausage sizzle – $5 a snag – with proceeds going towards frames for the Charles Stamper Collection.

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