Rowing

The VIS coordinates and manages the Victorian Pathway Program, operating collaboratively with the Rowing Australia (RA) national program to provide world class coaching opportunities, training and competition, facilities and support services to improve athlete development throughout the national high performance pathway.

The partnership approach involves collaboration between VIS, RA, RV and the two Melbourne based Performance Clubs, Mercantile Rowing Club and Melbourne University Boat Club, with the aim to develop categorised athletes within the national pathway and progress them towards the Rowing Australian National Training Centres. 

Victoria has been a dominant force in the Australian rowing landscape for many years now and the 2018/19 domestic and international campaigns saw continued success with our athletes performing well, contributing success at FISA World Cup and World Championships events. 

World Health Day 2021

April 7th, 2021

Today is World Health Day! The unparalleled value of good health is celebrated on World Health Day on April 7. To acknowledge and celebrate World Health Day, we are shining a light on our wonderful team of medical experts. Keeping our athletes fit and healthy, with finely tuned bodies and minds, is paramount to their success. To perform at their best, they need the best care behind the scenes, which they have in spades.

WEEKEND WRITE-UP: Olympic Qualifiers, National Champions and Tokyo athletes on target

March 29th, 2021

In VIS sport, Linden Hall and Cat Bisset both recorded Olympic 800m qualifying times, the VIS rowers and cyclists dominated national championships and Penny Smith proved that she is on track for Tokyo.

VIS Advancement Series: Meet the presenters

March 25th, 2021

The Victorian Institute of Sport continues to enhance secondary student learning on sport science and nutrition, as part of our VIS Advancement Series. Meet two of our presenters, Elaine Bo and Victoria Brackley who are sharing their knowledge on the work they do with Victoria’s best athletes.

THE PINNACLE: Issue 1, OCT 1990

March 11th, 2021

WEEKEND WRITE-UP: Rowing squads announced, a state champion crowned and Alessia's emotional win

March 9th, 2021

In VIS sport, 16 scholarship holders selected in squads and crews for the 2021 Australian Rowing Team, the winning streak by McCaig rolls on and Imeneo crowned state champion.

Montag ready to tackle issues for women and girls in sport as IOC Young Leader

February 5th, 2021

After being selected for Tokyo 2020, Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Jemima Montag can now also add IOC Young Leader to her resume after being chosen from a pool of 3,000 applicants for the prestigious program.

Female sports stars take away top awards

November 26th, 2020

On Wednesday evening the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) concluded its 2020 Awards celebration online. The event ran over three days with a different award presented each evening. This was the first time that the institute invited a public audience to follow the awards presentation recognising the outstanding achievements by VIS supported athletes.

O'Hea and Thwaites named joint winners of the Sarah Tait Spirit Award

November 25th, 2020

Tonight the Sarah Tait Spirit Award was presented for the first time ever to joint winners, Jenna O’Hea and Caitlin Thwaites at the 2020 Victorian Institute of Sport Awards.

2XU Coach Awards Winners

November 23rd, 2020

14 Victorian Institute of Sport athletes were today named winners of the 2XU Coach Awards. The awards were announced as part of the 2020 Victorian Institute of Sport Awards.

World Class Olympic Winter Training Centre Sees Athletes Take Flight in Brisbane

October 1st, 2020

​Australia’s best aerials and moguls skiers are set to soar through the Brisbane sky as they begin testing the new Olympic Winter Training Centre at the Sleeman Centre.

2018 FISA World Cup III, Linz, Austria

Rosie Popa, Lucy Stephan - 1st Women’s Four

Addy Dunkley-Smith, James Rook (coxswain) - 3rd Women’s Eight

Joshua Booth, Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Tim Masters, Angus Widdicombe - 5th Men’s Eight

2018 FISA World Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Joshua Booth, Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Tim Masters, Angus Widdicombe - 2nd Men’s Eight

Lucy Stephan, Katrina Werry - 2nd Women’s Four

Rosie Popa, James Rook (coxswain) - 3rd Women’s Eight

2018 FISA U23 World Championships, Poznan, Poland

Ria Thompson - 5th Women’s Double Scull

Elise Franetic - 6th Women’s Eight

2019 FISA International Para Rowing Regatta - Gavirate, Italy

Alex Vuillermin, Alex Viney - 2nd PR3 Mixed Coxed Four

2019 FISA World Cup II, Poznan, Poland

Joshua Booth - 1st Men’s Pair

Tim Masters - 1st Men’s Four

Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Angus Widdicombe - 5th Men’s Eight

Jessica Morrison - 2nd Women’s Pair

Amanda Bateman - 3rd Women’s Double Scull

Katrina Werry, Lucy Stephan - 3rd Women’s Four

Katrina Bateman - 5th Women’s Quad Sculls

Jessica Morrison, Rosie Popa, James Rook (coxswain) - 1st Women’s Eight

Noel Donaldson VIS/VPP Head Rowing Coach (from May 2019) 

Elaine Bo Sports Dietitian

Andrea Farrow Performance Lifestyle Advisor

Andrew Fooks Sports Physiotherapist

Ana Holt Sport Scientist

Mark Spargo Sports Psychologist

John Tascone Physical Preparation Coach

VIS Gymnasium

Yarra River (Mercantile and Melbourne University Boat Clubs)

National Water Sports Centre, Carrum

Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre

Barwon River, Geelong

Tambo River, Johnsonville

Rowing Australia

Rowing Victoria

Mercantile Rowing Club

Melbourne University Rowing Club

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