Sydney High Rowing: Developing Scholar-Oarsmen since 1924
As a GPS school, Sydney High is able to offer rowing as a summer sport. This is a wonderful opportunity for High students to be able to row at a state high school.
While rowing is physically and mentally challenging, it is also very rewarding and enjoyable. It is one of the ultimate team sports promoting strong friendships and camaraderie, a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and the discipline necessary for good HSC study habits.
The rowing program takes place at the home of High Rowing, the Outterside Centre in Abbotsford, a fully equipped rowing shed, with large dormitory, semi-commercial kitchen, dining area, and gym, allowing students to participate from Year 7 to 12.
Students may join the rowing program in any year but it is a skilful sport, which takes time to learn.
Year 7 boys start rowing in Term 1. They learn to row in Quad Sculls Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. They continue to learn to row in Y8 Quads in Term 4, preparing for the regattas in Term One. The boys row on Wednesday after school, in Thursday sport time, Saturday mornings, and attend 5 Friday night camps during Term 4.
Year 8 continue rowing and start racing in Y9 Quads at the GPS regattas during Term 4. These regattas continue until end of February. The rowers are continuing to improve their skill and technique while gaining fitness. The boys row on Monday after school, in Thursday sport time, Saturday mornings, and attend 5 Friday night camps during Term 4.
Year 9: in Term 4 the emphasis is on greater skills and stronger rowers as they start to learn sweep oar technique and race in the GPS Y10 Eights. They continue to race in the GPS regattas during Term 1, culminating at the Head of the River in mid-March. Rowing is on Monday after school, Thursday sport time & after school camp, Friday morning and Saturday morning.
Year 10 continue to row and race in sweep oared boats. The skills they acquired in the junior years enables them to row the "mighty 8s", and they race from November each year until the Head of the River in mid-March. Rowing is on Monday after school (with camp), Tuesday morning, Thursday after school (with camp), Friday morning and Saturday mornings. It includes overnight camps at the Outterside Centre.
Year 11 and 12: these rowers are at the pinnacle of sporting achievement in the GPS - the 1st XIII, 2nd XIII and the IV’s. Senior Rowing is conducted on Monday after school, Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and Saturday mornings. It includes overnight camps at the Outterside Centre.
Boys wear ‘zooties’ available from the High Store, otherwise shorts and t-shirts. They need rugby socks, cap and white long sleeve t-shirt. A white long sleeve t-shirt can be worn under the zootsuit for sun protection at training. Sunscreen is provided. The school zootsuit is compulsory in regattas.
It is crucial for all rowers build on strength and endurance. All rowers are expected to use the gym at school. A tailored program for rowers has been developed. Y8 quads on Monday afternoon, Y9 quads on Wednesday afternoon, Y10 eights on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and seniors on Monday mornings and Wednesday sport time.
Events and Fundraising
Annual events on the rowing calendar are –
Rowing is an expensive sport to run, please support any fundraising initiatives undertaken by rowing. Parking for nearby sporting fixtures on the school grounds is a major source of income for rowing. Please help at least one rowing parking day during the year.
Rowing would not operate without the support of parents.
The Sydney High Rowing Sheds are at the utterside Centre, 5 Teviot Ave, Abbotsford.
Rowing Parent Committee