Rowers Revel in 130-Year Celebrations

Saturday 17 February brought current student rowers and coxswains together with Albert Bell Club members, past rowers, and current and past coaches and parents to celebrate 130 years of rowing at The Geelong College.

Our MC for the evening, Oscar Stanley (APS Heads of the River winner 2000 & 2001, College Captain 2001), presented a wonderful slice of Geelong College Rowing history for the audience by bringing the together the past and present points in our history. He also bestowed upon our current students the importance of continuing this legacy for rowers and coxswains to come.

Highlights for the evening were:

  • The celebration of coeducational rowing by a presentation of oars to the female winners of the APS Heads of the River in 1981, 1982 and 1983. The College was thrilled to acknowledge this group of pioneering women of our school. 
  • Our current students were delighted to see APS Heads of the River winner Sean Sowerby (OGC 2001) present a Channel 7 news story via video link from the studios in Melbourne with Oscar.
  • Principal Dr Peter Miller conducted an engaging Q&A with Olympians David Ramage (OGC 1953) , Jennifer Cleary (OGC 2011) and Phoebe Stanley (OGC 2003).
  • Reflections from Andrew Lawson (OGC 1956), current Boat Captains Sadie Longden, Claire Morrison, Ethan Gubbels & Charlie Batrouney, and former Director of Rowing Richard Morris (OGC 1963).

The College would like to thank Oscar, the Albert Bell Club and Rowing Parent Support Group for their efforts in bringing this celebration together. Our current rowers and coxswains felt blessed to experience the rich history rowing has at The Geelong College. 

Peter Blanchfield
Director of Rowing

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