Skip to content

Staff and students race North versus South

VC Challenge nth Masters team

Rowers in the North will race rowers in the South for the University of Tasmania’s annual Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge on Sunday, 24 November.

At 10am, Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus Black and his Northern team of University staff will race against Chief Operating Officer David Clerk and his Southern team. The North have held the Masters title for the last two years.

The Southern team includes software engineer and alumnus Mike Nermut, who has returned to Masters rowing after establishing three successful tech start-ups in Tasmania.

“Rowing is the ultimate team sport. Every member of the crew must work together with the accuracy of a swiss watch,” Mr Nermut said.

“It makes you a better, well-rounded person. I haven’t been this fit in 25 years.”

The first Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge was held in 1998 consisting of one men’s race between the University’s Northern and Southern Boat Clubs. The South won to a disappointed Northern team, which had requested the race.

The following year included a women’s North versus South race and, in 2017, school rowers were added to the event. This year’s event comprises two rowing challenges: Masters; and University students North versus South including Scotch Oakburn College students.

A feature of the day is the inaugural River Run, which will start/finish at Peppers Silo Hotel. The 2km loop run/walk along the Tamar is open to the public and accessible to all ages and abilities.

While runners warm up for their race, they will be able to cheer on the Southern and Northern Masters teams as they cross the finishing line. Coffee and a BBQ will be available for spectators and participants.

Eighty University of Tasmania students based in Hobart are traveling to Launceston to cheer on the races.

The Vice-Chancellor's Challenge will be held on Sunday, 24 November from 10am at Riverbend Park in Launceston.


  • Vice-Chancellor’s Masters Challenge North v South mixed. Winner: North
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Plate North v South women Winner: North
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Cup North v South men Winner: South
Published on: 22 Nov 2019 3:45pm