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ASRL Newsletter #67 - November 2016

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ASRL Newsletter #67

November 2016

This newsletter will carry information on:
  1. National Ranking System
  2. Looking for Budding Film Producers
  3. Australian Representative Team
  4. U19 Female
  5. How to Order New Singlets
  6. National Calendar of Events
  7. How we should be looking at sport
  8. Member Profiles

Exciting introduction of a National Ranking System:

If you want to know how it all works and what events will be ranked than click HERE.

The ASRL are pleased to announce the start of a whole new National Ranking System for the two Open boat divisions. It is planned to look further down into the grades for future years but we start small until we get it right.
The purpose is to find the overall best men's and women's crews over the entire season as well as provide a ranking for other crews.

So in the next few weeks keep an eye out for the crews who will start the season at the top of the National Rankings. At the ASRL Open, the top ranked crews will be easily identifiable wearing the new Leaders Yellow Jersey.

Looking for Budding Film Producers:

The ASRL are looking for help in each State to highlight the various Navy Series. You would film event footage, conduct crew interviews and basically build a surfboat crew and rower profile for your State.

We are looking for say a 10 clip from each State after each of the Navy events. You film and produce then send it along to our central collection where we will collate and deliver a fortnightly Ytube review segment on surfboats that will live on the ASRL website.

If you are that person or know that person please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can start this the process

Australian Representative Crews

The date is fast closing for crews to complete the SLSA nomination form for the two senior Test Crews and two Youth Development crews to travel to New Zealand for the test series this coming season.

  • The event will be conducted in NZ on the weekend of the 4 Feb 2017
  • Selection will be for an Open Male & Open Female crew which will be a full blown Australian Representative including the numbered Cap and Australian Blazer
  • The Youth Development Team will consist of a male and female crew who must be eligible to row in the under 23 division. Nothing prohibits the U19 crews from trying out for selection
  • Every crew wanting to be included  for consideration must complete the SLSA official nomination form with a link that can be found HERE
  • Details of the process have been detailed by SLSA in the link document
The selection events will be:
  • Youth Development – selected at the Nth Cronulla carnival held on Saturday 17 December 2016
  • The selected crew will be the best placed of the nominated crews so if your nominating from the U19 division you will need to enter this carnival in the U23 division
  • The ASRL has made travel subsidy funds available to each State rowing body to assist age crews make the trip to this selection event so check with your State body
  • Senior selection will be a standalone event held at Elouera on Sunday 18 December 2016
  • Actual event details will be made known well beforehand but crews that have previously attended this event will understand it is an enjoyable and fair process
  • It is important to note that the senior team is a fully funded Australian Team but the Youth Development in accord with SLSA policy will be a self-funded Team and nominating crews need to consider this.
  • The ASRL will make every endeavour to financially assist the Youth Development Team and will make further announcements in the coming months

We understand that some crews have entered into third party events and may have contractually signed away their right to be selected for the Australian team. If that is the case those crews obviously won’t be eligible to contest the selection event as that would mess up the process. We also can’t have any doubt hanging over the heads of the selected crews as clothing, travel and accommodation arrangements will need to be made immediately after selection. Crews should be clear on any possible barriers to represent your country.
It would be a sad outcome to see young rowers blocked from representing their country in the highest honour available to them but if it the case the positive side is it opens up the field to another generation of crews to step in a fill the representative space.
Secondly check to ensure you haven’t blocked your options in any third party agreements.

New Under 19 and Reserve Female Divisions:

With the introduction of these new divisions, it is a good time to look at how we can strike the balance of providing a safe and enjoyable experience for new crews, while also providing the opportunity for stronger, more experienced crews to challenge themselves.
There is a huge variation of power and skill, not only between divisions, but also between crews within divisions. If we all do the right thing as individual crews, it will give event officials more confidence to allow the better crews to keep racing in more challenging conditions. Here are a few reminders:
a)      Specifically with U19f and all less trained/skilled crews in every division, sweeps must be making good safe decisions off the back of the ability of each crew not just because the division is still racing
b)      Young athletes (male & female) shouldn’t be flogged in heavy power lifting gym or boat sessions until their bodies and age are ready
c)       Ideally young age crews should be doing no more than three boat sessions a week teaching the skill before concentrating on developing power
d)      Young crews should be allowed to develop naturally with an emphasis on enjoyment and not just making everything about winning
e)      Continuing to race should include dropping divisions and sweeps making good safe decisions and referees even dropping every second can so the best equipped crews can keep racing
g)      This season the ASRL will be working with SLSA on further development of specific data with the Surf Hazard Rating system to better understand the varying levels of making decisions around PPE and when racing divisions should come off the water.
h)      Crews need to be watching the now accurate swell prediction channels and making the early call not to attend a specific event if surf predictions place the conditions above the ability of crews or divisions.
We are suggesting a pro-active approach to the introduction of the U19 female division of racing. We believe that for this division at least for the introductory season we should make it mandatory for the girls to wear Helmets at and above the SHR10 level.
Basically this will ensure they are wearing Helmets is all surf conditions. It will achieve a few things:
·     It gets the girls used to wearing PPE right from the start and removes any stigma.
·     It removes the risk of an inexperienced sweep not putting risk management first
·     It shows the parents how serious we are about keeping their young ones safe
·     This age division is obviously going to have the least upper body strength so lost oar handles will be more prevalent in this division

How you order your ASRL Team Navy Singlet for Season 2016-17

  •          It will be the responsibility for 1 person from each club to provide us with a list of singlet sizes
  •          Sizes are; XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
  •          A postal address for delivery and contact details are to be supplied
  •          Payment is $10 for each singlet; ASRL BSB: 085 550     Account Number; 59 105 4253
  •          Payment must be paid prior to delivery
  •          Once we receive all of the above your new gear will be posted out to you
  •          Remember it must come to us as a Club Total not in individual crews
  •          Email to; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
National Calendar of Events

We are again running State based Navy Event programs and the National program can be found above
This season membership will include entry into the ASRL Open event at Shellharbour and has been set at $40 per head.
All under 19 rowers will have free membership and free entry into the ASRL Open. We still need all the details for each of these U19 rowers so the membership database can be an accurate record
New YELLOW navy singlets exactly the same as last year will be available to any new rower or rower that has lost their singlet at a further cost of $10. You will need to indicate that you require or not a new singlet and this includes the U19 rowers and you will be supplied and invoiced accordingly.

How we should be looking at sport:

We couldn’t help notice a superb video clip coming from the Development arm of New Zealand Rugby Union. This is a must watch for every administrator, event organiser and sweep/coach. It is no fluke that NZ Rugby is the world leader in developing and retaining players and we in surf can learn a lot just from thinking about what is being said in the attached video clip, enjoy!

Racing Kicks Off This Weekend!

The first Team Navy ASRL series event in Australia is THIS WEEKEND in Queensland as crews will head to Mermaid Beach on Saturday for racing! It all kicks off at 7:45am!

Head on down and experience an action packed day of racing at Mermaid Beach! Don't forget to #TeamNavyASRL in your social media posting!

Member Profile - Tabitha Raley

Here is a brilliant Q&A with Tabitha Raley from the Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Tabitha and her crew have had a successful career to date in the junior ranks and the crews skills were highlighted at the ASRL Open in 2016, finishing with a bronze medal in the Under 19 Women.

This is a great read and a wonderful insight for those who love surfboat rowing!

Tabitha Raley

18 years old 

Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Years in the sport 
This will be my third year competing in U23 women's.

I am currently completing my HSC and I am looking to go to university once I am finished.

What got you into surf boat rowing? 
My family has been apart of surf boat rowing for a while, but what really sparked my interest was watching my brother win gold at The Australian Titles in 2014 with his crew 'The Scumdogs.' This race painted clearly what I wanted out of this sport which is a gold Aussies medal around my neck. 

What do you love about the sport 
The thrill you get from surf boat rowing is something I've never experienced before. Avoca has formed a close family within the boaties that I value dearly. At the end of the day they're not just average boaties but people that will be in my life for a long time. I'm able to experience every emotion the sport bring with them, which is something special. 

Who do you look up to in surf boat rowing and why? 
My sweep Matt Mitchell (Scumdog) is very inspiring with what he does for all of his four crews. He has a family of his own but still manages time to train us each three times a week in the boat not including his own sweep training. Without his dedication and support towards us our club wouldn't be as successful as it has been in the past. 

What is your favourite form of training? 
The training we do as a crew that makes us feel stronger together is my most favourable. The early bird morning sessions in the ocean start the day off beautifully. Sometimes we're lucky enough to see dolphins and seals close to the HMAS Adelaide when we row out there. 

What is your high point in your surf boat career? 
Being in the U23's category has allowed a broad range of ages to enter including our crew who ranges from 17-20. Competing to win began as a major challenge for us small girls, over the past three years we've worked out butts off at training to make up for this. The high point in my surf boat career is finally seeing this paying off, which we all managed to see late last season when we began to win races and place in major events like taking home bronze in the U19's ASRL Navy Series.

Would you rather being the underdog, a contender or the favourite and why? - Being a contender puts us Joto's in the middle of heightened competition and that's when we perform the best. Always having a crew on our backs pushes us to the limits mentally and physically. We love the competition that surf boat rowing offers and now have experience under our belts we're ready to show them what we've got to offer this season.

Member Profile - Scott Penning

We have ventured down south to Victoria! Here is an insightful Q&A with Anglesea SLSC surf boat rower, Scott Penning.

Scott Penning



Years in the sport
Five years in the sport.

Sales Executive for International commodity trading company

What got you into surf boat rowing?
Got into surfboats after having enough of 14 years. rowing lightweight on the river. Needed a change!

What do you love about the sport?
The thrill of the big waves, crashing through and getting on that big wave home.

Who do you look up to in surf boat rowing and why?
Mitch Gardiner and Liam White - they have both done it all!

What is your favourite form of training and why? 
Starts and turns. The explosive power that you can generate can't be beaten.

What is your high point in your surf boat career?
Having Jonathon Ward as a sweep and securing silver medal at the Life Saving Victoria State Championships.

Would you rather being the underdog, a contender, or the favourite and why?
Contender- knowing that you are on the pace makes you push harder for that win.

Do you enjoy positive rivalries with opponents and teammates?
All rivalries are good. It is was drives us all to succeed and be better

What are you looking forward to at this seasons ASRL Navy Series?
Just getting out and mixing it with the crews from the other states.

Tell us something about you we don’t know?
Represented AUS in mens lightweight quad in U23 & senior world champs

Thanks Scott! Don't forget to #TeamNavyASRL in all of your surf boat social media posting.
#Repost from Instagram - Go Pro Shot

#Repost @surfboat_rowers_tasmania

Check out this GoPro footage from Clifton#teamnavyasrl 
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