Club History

1992

The Murdoch University Rowing Club (MURC) arose from humble beginnings back in 1992.
A group of Murdoch students decided that it was time the University was represented in the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup Regatta and so they organised both a Men’s and Women’s Eight, to compete in the race. After the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup, a core group of rowers including Richard McLellan and Arthur House, established the Murdoch University Rowing Club.
They obtained a grant of $20,000 from the University and a boatshed at the Amateur Rowing Association of Western Australia (ARAWA) Headquarters, on The Esplanade in Mount Pleasant.

1993

MURC entered ARAWA in 1993 and quickly became a force to reckon with. During the club’s foundation year, MURC again entered a Men’s and Women’s Eight in the Vice-Chancellor's Cup. They won two bronze medals at the Australian University Rowing Championships (in the Men’s Lightweight Four and Men’s Heavyweight Single categories) and won the ARAWA Novice Pennant.

President : Richard McLellan   Best Oarsman : Arthur House
Captain : Arthur House   Best Oarswoman : Paula Broadhurst
Ladies' Captain : Sarah Perkins   Most Improved Oarsman : Colin Maher
Most Valuable Club Member : Jonathon Silbert   Most Improved Oarswoman : Georgia Lilley

1994

Rowing fever didn’t take long to spread, with the club’s membership expanding to over 60 active members in 1994. During this year MURC built the starting pontoon for the ARAWA State Championships, for the first time. Since then, building the pontoon twice a year had become part of life down at the club. Murdoch University continued to support the club and provided another $20,000 grant, over three years, for club development.

President : Richard McLellan   Best Oarsman : Matthew Doyle
Captain : Arthur House   Best Oarswoman : Jenni Littlejohn
Ladies' Captain : Phillipa Grover
  Most Improved Oarsman : Todd Sims
Most Valuable Club Member : Sarah Goodden
  Most Improved Oarswoman : Meghan Bruce

1995

In 1995 the Talent Identification Program (TIP) ran from MURC. This programme involved the training of a number of youngsters who showed great promise as rowers and had been selected through the state-wide program. The TIP athletes competed at the National Championships providing MURC’s first Nationals appearance. Also in 1995, MURC rowers competed at Intervarsity in Ballarat and won the bronze medal in the Women’s Lightweight Four. The Women’s Maiden Eight coached by Matthew Doyle, (Jenni Littlejohn, Sarah Perkins, Fiona Gradiner, Kelly Coombs, Paula Broadhurst, Mieghan Bruse, Sarah Gooden, Rachel James, Wendy List [cox]), won their State Championship race in a time of 7:40. Business House; MURC’s corporate regatta, was held for the first time in this season and became an integral part of each year's fundraising and fun!

President : Richard McLellan   Best Oarsman : Jason Fowler
Captain : Benjamin Dudley   Best Oarswoman : Jenni Littlejohn
Ladies' Captain : Jenni Littlejohn   Most Improved Oarsman : Jesper Jenson
Most Valuable Club Member : Matthew Doyle   Most Improved Oarswoman : Bernese Cooper

1996

In 1996 it was the Men’s turn, with the Men’s Maiden Eight winning their State Championship race in a time of 6:20. The crew (Josh Carroll, Nick Kuchen, Pete Clune, Luke Colgan, Ewin Bloomfield, Jason Fowler, Craig Salisbury, Steve Grant, Wendy List [cox]) was coached by Alan Salisbury and Ben Dudley. 1996 marked the end of MURC’s involvement in the Talent Identification Program. Over the next three years MURC continued to grow and purchased several new boats to meet the needs of our members; the Hugh Davis (8), the Richard McLellan (4-), the Arthur House (2-) and the Sarah ‘Tex’ Perkins (2-). MURC also established two ‘Learn to Row’ programs around this time. Held every year, in January (for members of the community) and in March (for University students) these programs provide non-rowers with a chance to get involved in our sport. MURC members provide the coaching and coxing expertise.

President : Sarah Perkins   Best Oarsman : Josh Carroll
Captain : Matthew Doyle   Best Oarswoman : Marnie Brennan
Ladies' Captain : Kylie Falconer   Most Improved Oarsman : Steve Grant
Most Valuable Club Member : Zera Polard   Most Improved Oarswoman : Fiamma Riviera

1997

In 1997 the Women’s Maiden Eight, coached by Matthew Doyle, came second in the State Championship Race.

President : Craig Salisbury   Best Oarsman : Peter Clune
Captain : Jason Fowler   Best Oarswoman : Kate Smith
Ladies' Captain : Nicole Denney   Most Improved Oarsman : Rex Greenland
Most Valuable Club Member : Steve Grant   Most Improved Oarswoman : Elaine Carr

1998

In 1998 MURC again competed at Intervarsity. Nicole, Elaine, Catherine, Rebecca and Wendy (cox) represented MURC in the Lightweight Women’s Four. Ben Dudley coached the crew.

President : Jason Fowler   Best Oarsman : Arif Munshi
Captain : Jamie Patterson   Best Oarswoman : Tonya Carter
Ladies' Captain : Nicole Denney   Most Improved Oarsman : Liam Carter
Most Valuable Club Member : Fiamma Riviera   Most Improved Oarswoman : Melanie McPherson

1999

1999 saw the club enter another rapid growth period and MURC was runner-up Best Club at the end of the ARAWA season. The first edition of the club’s yearbook “Quote-able Quotes and Do-able Deeds” was printed in this year.

President : Fiamma Riviera   Best Oarsman : John Edmunds
Captain : Cynthia Bolton   Best Oarswoman : Fiamma Riviera
Ladies' Captain : Melanie McPherson   Most Improved Oarsman : Shamus Morton
Most Valuable Club Member : Fiamma Riviera   Most Improved Oarswoman : Paula Fuller

2000

In 2000 MURC was represented at the National Championships, by Sarah Outhwaite, who competed in a composite Four with rowers from the Swan River Rowing Club. Recreational rowing became a high priority for the club in this year and Kate Sounness continues to provide excellent coaching for the ever-growing ranks of Saturday morning rowers.

President : Doug Bolton   Best Oarsman : Victor Babich
Captain : Cynthia Bolton   Best Oarswoman : Fiamma Riviera
Ladies' Captain : Melanie McPherson   Most Improved Oarsman : Luke Harding
Most Valuable Club Member : Zofia Zawalski   Most Improved Oarswoman : Kione Routley

2001

The 2001 season saw MURC attract Zurich Scholarship holder, Alison Hillman, to the club and our Men’s Maiden Eight come runner-up by less than half a second in the State Championship race.

President : Doug Bolton   Best Oarsman : Kendall Moor
Captain : Cynthia Bolton   Best Oarswoman : Alison Hillman
Ladies' Captain : Paula Fuller   Most Improved Oarsman : James Langley
Most Valuable Club Member : Robin Downes   Most Improved Oarswoman : Janet Horsfall

2002

In 2002, the MURC Women’s Maiden Eight (Chris Matthew, Phoebe Readford, Fiamma Riviera, Alison Hillman, Kate Sounness, Katherine Hillman, Melanie McPherson, Nicole Denney and Alex Pickup (cox)) received Line Honours in the 15 kilometre Perth to Fremantle Head Race. Luke Nicholls and Ben Dudley coached the crew. MURC performed very well at the State Championships. The Maiden Women's 8 won their State Championship race for the first time since 1995. It was a just reward for the amount of training that was completed by the crew during the season. The men's novice squad rowed well to capture the Novice Men's 4 and Novice Men's 8 titles. In the equipment stakes, the Club purchased a 2 year old Sykes eight and christened it 'Benjamin Dudley'. This boat was used by the Maiden Women in their State title winning row.

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2003

President : Kate Souness
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2004

President : Nicola Fox
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2005

President : Greg Vines
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2006

President : Greg Vines
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2007

President : Stephanie Slade   Best Oarsman : -------------------
Captain : Ed Poon   Best Oarswoman : -------------------
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2008

In 2008, the club acquired two additional boats. These were a single named the 'Gifted', and a convertible coxed quad named the 'Greg Vines'.

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2009

A convertible double scull was acquired and christened 'Ed Poon'.

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2012

President : Ian Winfield  

Secretary :
Shen Lee
  Treasurer :
Peter Briggs
Captain of Boats :
Ken Price
  Best Oarsman : Lyall Fowle
Men's Captain : Lyall Fowle   Best Oarswoman : Lesley Brady
Ladies' Captain : Yvette Kenward-Egerton   Most Improved Oarsman : Doug Johnson
Most Valuable Club Member : Carol Richarson   Most Improved Oarswoman : Yvette Kenward-Egerton

2013

The club had a surge in competitive rowers and competed at all Pennants, Masters and Head Races on the WA Rowing calendar. Many new rowers were competitive enough to win races in their first season rowing or fist season rowing competitively. Murdoch rowers competed in the World Masters Games in Turin (Italy) and the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Varese. The club acquired a convertible coxed quad named the 'Deb Barnaby'.

President : Ian Winfield  

Secretary :
Shen Lee
  Treasurer :
Peter Briggs
Captain of Boats :
Ken Price
  Best Oarsman : Lyall Fowle
Men's Captain : Lyall Fowle   Best Oarswoman : Marianna Zakrzewskibr
Ladies' Captain : Yvette Kenward-Egerton   Most Improved Oarsman : Christopher Brown
Most Valuable Club Member : Ian Winfield   Most Improved Oarswoman : Julie Sandow

2014

MURC members traveled to Adelaide to compete in the Australian Masters Rowing National Championships. Bronze medalling in the mixed Quad; Pauline Swan, Judy Magee, Ed Poon and Greg Vines set a high standard for the club early in the year. Medals continued to flow in the Rowing WA Pennants State Championships with Marianna Cochrane (nee Zakrzewski) and Julie Sandow wining the C Grade Women's Pair, resulting in MURC being awarded the Rowing WA Novice Pair shield for 2014. Perhaps MURC's greatest achievement in 2014 was being the club to retain the highest percentage of competitive members.

President : Ian Winfield  

Secretary :
Shen Lee
  Treasurer :
Peter Briggs
Captain of Boats :
Ken Price
  Best Oarsman : Lyall Fowle
Men's Captain : Lyall Fowle   Best Oarswoman : Julie Sandow
Ladies' Captain : Yvette Kenward-Egerton   Most Improved Oarsman : Doug Johnson
Most Valuable Club Member : Julie Sandow   Most Improved Oarswoman : Pauline Swan

2015

President : Ian Winfield  

Secretary :
Shen Lee
  Treasurer :
Peter Briggs
Captain of Boats :
Ken Price
  Best Oarsman : Christopher Brown
Men's Captain : Lyall Fowle   Best Oarswoman :
Ladies' Captain : Yvette Kenward-Egerton   Most Improved Oarsman :
Most Valuable Club Member :
  Most Improved Oarswoman :

2016

President : Stuart Diggins
 

Secretary :
Shen Lee
  Treasurer :
Christopher Brown
/ Heather Gordon
Captain of Boats :
Ken Price
  Best Oarsman : Lyall Fowle
Men's Captain : Lyall Fowle   Best Oarswoman : Heather Gordon
Ladies' Captain : Yvette Kenward-Egerton   Most Improved Oarsman : Chris Ward
Most Valuable Club Member :
  Most Improved Oarswoman : Nicole Della

2017

President : Stuart Diggins
 

Secretary :
Shen Lee
  Treasurer :
Heather Gordon
Captain of Boats :
Ken Price
  Best Oarsman : Ken Price
Men's Captain : Marcus Baudach
  Best Oarswoman : Carolyn Fennelle
Ladies' Captain : Yvette Kenward-Egerton   Most Improved Oarsman : Eduardo Ruther
Most Valuable Club Member : Lyall Fowle
  Most Improved Oarswoman : Deb Barry



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