is Your Captain Speaking
Well, we are most of the way through the hard work of the year
and now the focus turns again to bringing the final third of the
season in to the finals with a clear mind, a strong heart and
a determination to do everything required to be the best we can
be on race day. This has been a season of challenges and there
are still some to get through, but we are almost there. There
is less than 2 months to go until State Champs 2010! Take a look
at the “For the Diary” section and make sure you make a note of
everything because August alone is going to be a big month for
Wests. Get aboard the Red Train, because it is steaming to the
finish line in 2010!
WARC Captain 2010
is the biggest non-fundraising event on the WARC calendar after
States and the after-
States party. There is no more-fun place to be in August than
on the banks of the inlet watching your mates win a plethora of
races, knowing pretty soon you are going to be wanting to dance
the Macarena out of sheer happiness (promise) in a classy local
club along with the cream of the WA rowing fraternity.
The Bunbury Regatta weekend is fast approaching (the weekend
of 21 and 22 August) and to make things easier for you (because
that’s the awesome kind of people we are), this year the club
has arranged some accommodation so everyone can stay in the same
place. Excellent? Yes; yes indeed.
We have cleverly reserved a number of chalets at the Discovery
Holiday Park, Koombana Bay, on Koombana Drive near the Leschenault
Inlet close to town. Your handy iphone map will guide you there
without trouble and it is walking distance from the regatta.
The chalets sleep 6 people and have been reserved for both Friday
(the 20th) and Saturday night. The price per person is $50 per
night, payable in advance to the Club (details below).
Additionally, this year the Bunvegas Club Dinner has been organised
for Saturday evening at an Italian restaurant in town that is
recommended to have good, reasonably priced food.
If you want to be part of the action, you need
to RSVP Leanne Youngs, asap, and by no later than 5pm on Friday,
6 August at email@example.com.
Please let Leanne know if you need accommodation
for one night or 2 and whether you are coming to dinner.
Payment for accommodation must be received by no later than 9
August. Please direct deposit payment to the Club with the reference:
“surname BunAccom”. If you do not pay by 9 August, you may miss
out, so please do not wait until the last minute! Accommodation
is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served
basis, so if you are coming, make sure you let Leanne know as
soon as possible.
WARC and the Aussie
As you know, our great sport doesn’t come cheap.
Our biggest single fundraiser every year (the Lord Mayor’s Cup)
pays the Club insurance bill. The membership dues the club collects
doesn’t cover the cost of coaching over a year. While we have
the best club fleet in WA, the maintenance and repair bills weigh
heavily on the Club’s bottom line. To keep our great Club going
and to maintain our position as a centre of excellence for WA
rowing, it is of fundamental importance that we are focussed on
fundraising each and every year.
It's no secret that this year the Westies hosted
regatta was foiled by an unpleasant spillage at Champion Lakes.
The lesser known consequence of our regatta being cancelled at
the last minute was that the Club lost one of its major fundraising
opportunities in 2010. In 2008 and 2009 we hosted States, and
while the workload was significant, the payoff in the fundraising
opportunity was well worth the effort. In 2010, through bad luck,
we have lost a vital money-spinner altogether.
Fortunately, the great minds of the WARC fundraising
committee (Rita and Carolyn :) ) have developed a strategy to
help make up some of the lost ground this year. A vitally important
initiative is outlined below, which may just bring you a lot of
enjoyment (!), and I am personally asking you for your enthusiastic
support to help this event be a great success.
Fundraiser 14th August
doesn’t love a card night? Well WARC is throwing in a bunch of
other mint gambling games as well at the inaugural WARC Gambling
Fundraiser on 14 August!
Saturday, 14 August in the function room at The West Australian
Rowing Club from 7pm until midnight you will be able to pit your
wits against the fickle charms of Lady Luck with Gambling tables
open from 7pm until 11pm. Tickets are selling at $40 single, $60
per double and includes (per person) 1 complimentary beer, wine
or soft drink, plus 2 x $100 tokens.
There is a door prize to be won and heaps of guaranteed fun and
frivolity throughout the night. In some crazy exchange rate anomaly,
$10 will buy $100 tokens throughout the night. Cocktail hour is
between 7 - 8pm and supper will be served. This is also an opportunity
to demonstrate again how awesome you look out of lycra and dress
up in your cocktail dress (guys – dresses are optional for you,
but cocktail suits are minimum requirement).
Tickets can be purchased from:
Rita – firstname.lastname@example.org, Glenda – email@example.com,
Jonesy – firstname.lastname@example.org and Carolyn – email@example.com
This event is open to your friends and family. Bring your mates,
have a brilliant night out and help keep Westies afloat in 2010!
Youth Cup Results
Again in 2010, following on from phenomenal success in previous
years, WARC juniors have represented WA and Wests at the Youth
TC Maguire, Sam Hughes, Phoebe Gorfin and Sarah Steger were all
part of the 2010 squad and without exception did Westies proud.
Well done to each of you!
Vermeersch and Matt Cochran are without doubt two of the hardest
working, talented and nicest athletes Westies has the fortune
of sharing a club with. In 2010 Hannah and Matt have continued
their stellar journeys as ambassadors for their Club, State and
recently Matt and Hannah left for the World Rowing Junior Championships,
which this year are being held in Racice, Czech Republic on 5-8
August. Matt is in 2 seat of the Australian JM4+, and Hannah is
in stroke of the Australian JW4-.
luck to both athletes, race hard and do us proud!
can follow Matt and Hannah's progress (with live race updates)
less important to us back in Perth, following the FRC regatta
on 17 July WARC has now moved from 4th to 3rd on the pennant table!
The stunning development of the men’s squad under a year and a
half of Jacki Morrell’s close eye is paying significant dividends.
After several seasons in which the men were very much in the shadow
of the women’s victories, the Westies men came away with 9 of
the Club’s 11 wins at the regatta.
There is no doubt that the mighty and long-feared WARC women’s
squad will see the dividends of their preparation this season
begin to pay in coming regattas. With the men and women of our
club working hard and building toward States, it is looking to
be another year in which the Red, Black and Gold are on prominent
display. Keep training hard, working together and focussing on
the team. I am looking for gold in September, and I am sure you
are too! Let’s bring it home.
Club Clothing –
it makes you look mint, keeps you warm and takes a whole minute
off your best 2k.
only does Westies have the best boats, best athletes, best club-house
and best views; it also has the best club branded clothing. If
you are looking for some WARC branded clothing, see our super-lovely
clothing officer, Jade Mitchell. Jade can sort you out with WARC
vests, hats, visors, track pants etc. Its in stock now so you
can look the part and stay warm at the next Champion Lakes outing.
Staminade – it
makes you go (even) faster.
work hard; you deserve to drink something that rewards you by
putting the good stuff back in. The Club has a stock of Staminade
sports-drinks available for purchase, really cheap. If you want
a carton of vitality charged, totally legal, performance-enhancing
sports drink for $20, contact Glenda asap and I will make it happen
City To Surf
Wakeford has created a WARC team for the City to Surf. If you’re
interested in joining Nick and Amy on the next City to Surf then
get in contact with Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
regatta: BRC Pennant Regatta at Leschenault Estuary, Saturday
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