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Uni boat club expands to the North as annual race gets underway

On the eve of the annual Vice-Chancellor’s North v South rowing race on the Tamar River, the University of Tasmania has announced a $300,000 grant to establish a Northern branch of the Tasmania University Boat Club (TUBC).

Helping to expand and further support student sport initiatives in the region, the investment will kit TUBC North with rowing boats, safety and training equipment, tinnies, trailers and storage containers (further background below).

Tomorrow’s race marks the fourth north-v-south contest since the race was reintroduced as part of the University’s 125th-year celebrations.

The race will start at 8.30am, next to the Australian Maritime College, at Newnham 6/8 pile. It will finish at the Silo Hotel.

Southern crews of men’s and women’s eights will want line honours this year over the five-kilometre course after the north took a clean sweep in 2017.

The Northern men’s crew will be bolstered by rising star Connor Ryan and former Australian representative Shaun Finlayson, while the men’s Southern crew will be joined by Australian rower Wilson Mure.

The women’s Northern crew will be joined by state champions, sisters’ Alley and Lili Wrigley, with the Southern crew welcoming Australian para-rower representative Sara Waitzer and U19 state champions Amy Bain and Meg Messer.

“We are aware of the strong heritage rowing has in Tasmania and are very excited to support the expansion of opportunities for the sport in Launceston,” University Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus Black said.

“And what a wonderful way to see in Spring tomorrow, with a showcase of some of the State’s best talent and a friendly test of regional rivalry.

“We know how passionate people are of their regions and we would expect there to be plenty of volume coming from both sides of the river.”

The race is hosted by the University, Rowing Tasmania and the Tasmania University Union.

This year, the event will also host a school boys and school girls race with crews from Scotch Oakburn College competing.

Published on: 31 Aug 2018 2:57pm