WRA Risk Management Plan - Updated December 2017

posted 6 Dec 2017, 01:59 by Sean Durkin

Hi all

The WRA Risk Management Plan has been updated - see below.


WRA Life Member Colin Shields passes on (2.12.1932-4.11.2017)

posted 26 Nov 2017, 18:54 by WRA Admin

A strong contingent from the rowing fraternity attended Colin’s funeral service recently. Club
representatives formed a guard of honour.
A model rowing parent, Colin started assisting in the administration of the sport when son Alister
commenced rowing at Hutt Valley High School through the Hutt Valley Rowing Club.
Over a period of 30 years Colin, a Petone RC member, held various positions on the WRA ranging
from Secretary through to Executive Director and President. He will be best remembered by
competitors as the efficient regatta secretary.
Colin was a delegate to several NZRA AGM’s and following four years as a Vice-President served as
NZRA President in 2013-15. He was a Trustee of the New Zealand Rowing Foundation.
Rowing has lost a stalwart of the sport who gave years of sterling service.
Our condolences were extended to Alister and his wife Carol.

Wellington Rowing Association Regional Coaches Conference - 12 August

posted 24 Jul 2017, 22:40 by WRA Admin

The Wellington Rowing Association is running a regional coaches conference for all coaches in the Wellington region. Topics covered include Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Rigging and basics of coaching.

This is an excellent opportunity for coaches who perhaps weren't able to make the RNZ Coaches Conference in May.  New coaches are welcome as are experienced coaches who want a 'refresher'.

This event is funded by the Wellington Rowing Association. To register please email Jared Cummings at (Do not just click 'attending' on the Facebook event)

There is also a nutrition session that parents and rowers are welcome at as well (please note that rowers and parents who want to come to the nutrition session only do not need to register)

Please contact Jared if any questions

WRA Annual General Meeting - Sunday 25 June 2017

posted 12 May 2017, 04:09 by Sean Durkin



The 117th AGM of the Wellington Rowing Association (WRA) will be held on:

  • Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017 (following the Petone Solstice Regatta)
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Venue: Petone Rowing Club, 160 The Esplanade, Petone

Please use this form to nominate Rowers, Coaches, Volunteers and Administrators for a 2016/17 WRA Award.


This is for the period 1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017. Nominations must be received by 5:00pm FRIDAY, 02 JUNE and will be considered at the 07 June WRA Board meeting.


WRA Awards include:

·       Coach of the year

·       Most promising rower of the year

·       Best coxswain of the year

·       Volunteer of the year

·       Administrator of the year



Korokoro Shed getting a makeover

posted 10 May 2017, 18:31 by Sean Durkin   [ updated 11 May 2017, 02:58 ]

Recently, the WRA applied to the Four Winds Foundation and Infinity Foundation for funding to repaint the Green Shed out at Korokoro. We were successful with this grant which means that the Green Shed will be able to continue to house boats and rowing gear for the years to come. This re-paint is occurring alongside other improvements to the shed.

We are very grateful to the Four Winds Foundation and Infinity Foundation for their generosity - the Green Shed is becoming increasingly popular with Star BC and Wellington RC and the financial support ensures that we can continue to get rowers on the water. 

WRA Wellington Championship Regatta Survey

posted 8 May 2017, 23:32 by Sean Durkin   [ updated 8 May 2017, 23:32 ]

The WRA Board has been discussing the 2017-18 regatta programme (the tentative programme can be viewed on, but one question remains - when to hold the Wellington Champs?

There are a number of views on this point so we would like to survey coaches, administrators, rowers and supporters for their views. We hope that this will ensure the Wellington Champs is the pinnacle rowing event of the WRA regatta calendar.

The tentative date for the Wellington Champs is shown as 9 December 2017, but there are a number of other possible dates. Before finalising the programme the Board is seeking feedback from interested parties, by way of the following survey.  The Board intends to finalise this programme in early-June 2018.

Please respond by filling in the following document and sending to by Monday 22 May 2017.

Coaches Discussion Session - 9 October

posted 21 Sep 2016, 05:36 by Sean Durkin

The next coaches discussion session is 9 October. Venue and time will be confirmed closer to the time.

Guest speaker is Axel Dickinson who will talk about his path to Rio 2016 and what learnings he has from it. He will also focus on the role of coaches in his journey and how local coaches can assist, encourage and support athletes who have aspirations to row for NZ at age group or elite level.

Wellington Secondary Schools Rowing Association

posted 21 Sep 2016, 05:33 by Sean Durkin

The Wellington Secondary Schools Rowing Association has been re-established recently. Any schools in the Wellington region who are members of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association may join the Schools Committee, which provides schools with a direct link to the Wellington Rowing Association. 

For any information on the WSSRA or the Schools Committee please contact Sean Durkin on

Pelorus Trust

posted 8 Sep 2016, 20:36 by WRA Admin   [ updated 18 Sep 2016, 20:15 by Jared Cummings ]

Thanks to Pelorus Trust who have provided $2000  for the running of coach boat courses in the Wellington region. So far 70 drivers have been trained in power boat safety in the last 2 years. See more on the Pelorus trust here

Frank Kitts Lagoon, Wellington Harbour


WRA AGM 2016

posted 1 Aug 2016, 21:59 by WRA Admin   [ updated 2 Aug 2016, 00:29 ]

The AGM and Petone Solstice Regatta were held on Sunday 19 June 2016.

Award winners were:
  • Tony Debbage was awarded a life membership
  • Rower of the year: Ruby Tew (Star)
  • Most Promising Rower: Thomas Cummack (Star)
  • Best Coxswain: Lucy Bird (Petone)
  • Coach of the year: Joe O'Neill (Wellington)
  • Volunteer of the year: Sean Durkin (Star)
  • Administrator of the year: Andrew Carr-Smith (WRA)
  • Top Dog. Currently held by Porirua Rowing Club (won at Norton Cup)
  • White Horse Cup. Points are awarded for eights events at a WRA summer regatta to crews that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
  • Star Boating Club  58. WELC 38. PETC 13.
  • Alan Boykett Memorial Cup. Points are awarded at a WRA summer regatta held on Wellington Harbour to crews that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd. 
  • Star Boating Club 510. WELC 310. PROC 155.
  • Novice Shield. Points are awarded for novice events at a WRA summer regatta to crews that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd. 
  • Wellington Rowing Club 46. STAC 32. PETC 16.

A special ceremony was also held for Tony Debbage for receiving life membership of Wellington Rowing Association.


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