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September 2020 Newsletter

Great to see the energy and perseverance happening on and off the water.

Say hi to our 2020/2021 committee.

AWRC Committee 2020/21:

Back Row - Georgina Ross, Messina Su'a, Darrell Monk, Lou Pringle, Jo

Eastabrook, Garth Hammond, Kit Croxford.

Front Row - Annie Pawson, Barb Hammond, Belinda Sherman (Treasurer), Bruce

Osborne (President), Grader Howells (Secretary), Tom Monaghan, Des Lock


Upcoming events

Inter-Provincial 2020 - The historic Inter-Provincial Event Whanganui/Taranaki Versus Wellington, has been revived and will take place on the Aramoho Course for the Graham Moran Memorial Trophy, on Saturday, October 10 (followed by the Tonks Regatta on Sunday 11 October). A number of our Men and Women athletes have been selected for this event and are dedicating themselves to representing their province with distinction.

Club Working Bee - Sunday October 18 at 10:00am. All hands on deck.  Aim is to tidy up the interior of the gym and lounge - vacuum/wash windows/ remove spare clothes and water bottles/ exterior- clean the driveway and stairway of weeds, rubbish collection, maybe even a little water blasting just for fun!

Thirsty Thursdays - Every second Thursday 5:00 - 7:00pm in our Oarsman Lounge. Come along and enjoy robust conversation! Non - alcoholic drinks available. Next one is Thursday 1 October.


Recap on previous events

Masters Regatta

First Masters Regatta of the season - A  Masters regatta took place last Saturday with an event organised at short notice by Kevin Horan and his team from Horowhenua, to replace the cancelled NZ Masters Regatta.

Together with Jacs Rush they combined and did  a great job after a 6.30am decision to shift the event from Foxton, where the Manawatu River was in flood, to Whanganui. After a 4k long distance race, racing moved into 500m and 250m mode, and perhaps the highlight was the AWRC Mixed 8 winning both.

Our photo shows this crew of Sue O’Leary (Cox), Brocky, Trevor, Colin, Murray, Steph, Tash, Anna and Jacs putting the Central RPC Masters squad to the sword.

A special thanks to Sue O’Leary who, after coxing the Interprovincial crews early in the morning, gave her time for the rest of the day.

It was a well-organised event, thoroughly enjoyed by all, and hopefully will be on the calendar as an annual event.

Blinkhorne & Carroll 8K Winter Series Regatta

The Blinkhorne & Carroll 8K Winter Series Regatta took place on Sunday 13 September, with Brocky and Trevor having the best prognostic time of 88.81% out of the 16 competing crews. The "semi-retired' Tom Monaghan featured in the bow of a composite coxed quad with Jordan Manville, Michael Sturdee, Joseph Barritt, and Campbell Monk (Cox) for 2nd place with a time of time of 29:34 (88.08%)


Need a new row suit?

Members who would like to purchase their own AWRC row suit are asked to contact Barb Hammond by 30 September 2020, to enable orders to be arranged. To place an order with 2XU that will take at least 6-8 weeks delivery, and an order of 10 rowsuits is needed. 

Please contact Barb on, to notify your requirements and size. The maximum cost would be $130.00 but with more orders, the price comes down.  Deadline is Sept 30th.


Upcoming boat safety course

A Boat Safety Course is being arranged to be undertaken in November - date to be confirmed. If you are interested in gaining your certification to operate a coach/rescue boat please contact Des Lock.


Second annual '100 Club' raffle coming up

Grader has offered to run the 2nd annual 100 Club!  Funds raised will to go towards new sculls.  A limited number of  100  tickets are sold for $100.00, with multiple prizes and a first prize of $2500. Better chances than Lotto! Contact Grader to secure your ticket early!


A massive thank-you to all of our sponsors

Whanganui Toyota has provided AWRC with a truck for the last four seasons. If your family needs a Warrant of fitness  or repairs on any make of vehicle, please support Whanganui Toyota, so they can continue to support us!

AWRC has also been extremely fortunate recently to obtain funds from Lion Foundation towards our insurance costs; Grassroots  Foundation (previously Infinity Foundation)  for new sculls; and the  Government Community Resilience Fund to assist with our costs over the Covid period.  Without help from these organisations,  AWRC would not be the Club we are today. The  Club is extremely grateful for the support of these agencies.


Have a good photo we should share with others?

We are always on the hunt for photos. If you have one that you want to feature in an upcoming newsletter, send it to


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