Rowing season launched with an addition to fleet

Posted 10th November 2014

The Armidale School will be competing in next year’s GPS Head of the River in all its own boats for the first time, thanks to the generous donation of a supportive Old Boy.

At the launch of the 2014-15 season at Malpas Dam on 7 November, the latest addition to the fleet hit the water, bringing the TAS rowing fleet’s tally to three ‘fours’ and a training ‘eight’. The donation made possible the purchase from St Ignatius College Riverview of a Sykes bow-coxed four, which has been fully refurbished for competition.

Rowing was re-introduced at TAS in 2011 and the school fielded one team at the GPS Head of the River in 2012, expanding to three ‘fours’ in 2014 and 2015.

“The purchase means that for the first time, we will be going to the Head of the River in March using all our own equipment,” rowing MIC Will Caldwell said. “In the past we have needed to borrow one or two boats, so this will enable the crews to train using the boats they will race.”

Mr Caldwell thanked the donor, saying he joined other former students who had made financial contributions to the growing rowing program, recognising the way it benefitted the school’s students. The boat has been re-named Jason Lincoln, acknowledging the enormous contribution to the school made by its departing Director of Co-Curricular.

“Jason’s vision and driving force has been instrumental in starting the rowing program, and it is only fitting he is honoured in this way. It is even more appropriate given he is a former student of St Ignatius,” Mr Caldwell said.

Mr Lincoln told the large gathering at the season and boat launch he was extremely humbled by the honour.

The squad will have two overnight outings to Malpas Dam a week ahead of competing in regattas in Grafton next month, and in Taree and Sydney early next year ahead of the GPS Head of the River on 7 March.

Please click on the first photo below to view a full gallery of photos, taken by Graham MacDougall.

Will Caldwell Rowing rowers TAS 2014 Jason Lincoln

Rowing MIC Will Caldwell introduces the 2014-15 rowing squad. Click here for more images from the 2014 rowing launch.

Rowing McD JDL

Jason Lincoln watches on as his daughters Chloe and Mia reveal the name of the boat. Click on this image to view more photos.

Rowing TAS 2014

David Williams, Lachlan Apps, Lewis Erskine-Smith, Harry Wright and (cox) Jack Berry take the Jason Lincoln for a row.

Rowing Jason Lincoln family Malpas Dam 2014

Admiring the Jason Lincoln at the launch were (centre) Jason and Alyssa Lincoln, Mary and David Lincoln and Chloe, Mia and Jack Lincoln.