The ANUBC has put on a spectacular 2016 rowing season. the season started early feburary with the annual ACT Champs, where ANU had a crew in almost every race, taking out medals in most. We even won the mens eight race and narrowly missed gold in the womens eight. The rest of the ACT regattas went by successfully, ending in the ANUBC Boat Camp, forming a strong team to send away to Trickett Regatta, the first inter-state regatta of the year down at SIRC. The womens pair of Sarah Edwards and Renee Tattersall and womens four of Sarah, Renee, Julia Bradley, and Jana Pretorious competed strongly in both heat and final, taking out first place. The end of the summer saw the cold Canberra winter and the Winter Time Trial Series begin. The five, 3.6km races were held over May to August, with the womens eight finishing with the fastest Time. The mens four also finished with the fastest Time and went on to winning their division as overall champions. The ANUBC sent a strong team of 29 athletes over to Perth for Uni Games. The club's biggest team so far, we had boats in every category, which saw some stellar rowing from our Novice squad in their 1000m dash to the finish. ANU placed fourth overall - a score we are hoping to beat next year!
The slightly warmer and windier October had the Col Panton and Disher Cup Regattas. The Col Panton regatta saw three ANU crews enter the 8.6km race, with the mixed four of Douglas Horn, James Holley, Jilly Roberts, Sabina Bertuzzi, and Lucy Proce taking out the Stegman Trophy as the fastest coxed four. Disher Cup is the annual regatta held amongst ANU, ADFA, and RMC. The ANU team started strong with Jacqui Williams taking gold in the Womens single, Caleb Antill winning the Mens single, and the Women's Four and Eight both winning their races. The choppy conditions however saw the RMC eight take over the ANU mens eight in a nailbiting sprint. The end of November and the end of exams saw two eights going down to Melbourne for the Head of the Yarra Regatta. Both crews battled out the marathon race with solid placings in both boats. We also had two separate ITR seasons held throughout the year, forming a strong Novice crew heading into the 2017 season. As for 2016, the end of the year is wrapping up nicely with training continuing over summer with 2017 ACT Champs, Nationals, and Uni Games back in the books. An oarsome year for the boat club, one that we hope to build on for 2017!