Head of the River (New South Wales)

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The Head of the River rowing regatta refers to two New South Wales school rowing competitions, one for boys and one for girls.

AAGPS Head of the River Regatta[edit]

Newington's eight-oar crew, 1932

The AAGPS Head of the River regatta is run by the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales, and takes place in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia every March at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC).

From 1893 until 1935, the Regatta was held on the Parramatta River; from 1936 until 1996 on the Nepean River; and since 1996 at the Olympic course. From 1893 until 1909 the race was contested by four-oared boats, and by eight-oared boats since then. Since 1996 the race has been contested over 2000 metres; all previous events were over a mile and a half, except in 1946 and 1947 when the races were over a mile and a quarter. It is the culmination of the GPS (Great Public Schools) rowing season for senior crews, and has been held since 1893. Eight of the nine GPS schools, Sydney Grammar School, The King's School, Newington College, Sydney Boys High School, The Scots College, St. Joseph's College, Saint Ignatius' College and Shore School, send their crews to the Head of the River.

1934 victorious 1st VIII crew from Sydney Grammar

The race is held over 2000m. It is the last race of the official GPS rowing season, following on from the Riverview Gold Cup held on the Lane Cove River. The Head of the River is one week after other summer sports premierships - cricket and basketball - have finished. This enables over ten thousand school students and other supporters to attend. However in 2008, the Head of the River was held on Wednesday, with all GPS schools given Thursday off as a students' holiday due to a booking by NSW Kayak Association on the Saturday.

The current (SIRC) record time (and former junior world record/world best time until 2001) for the 1st VIII is 5:42.6 set by Shore on 23 March 1996.[citation needed]

The most recent winner of the AAGPS Head of the River, and holder of the Major Rennie Trophy is St. Joseph's College , winning the regatta in 2015 for the first time since 1973.

Regatta winners[edit]

Since 2009 the regatta consists of eleven races.

Year 2000 onwards[edit]

In 2001, the following four races were added to the regatta. These are held before the IVs and the 2nd and 1st VIII race.

The current (SIRC) record time for the 1st Year 10 VIII is 6:10.75 set by the Shore School on 19 March 2008.

Due to an unprecedented depth in the number of junior rowers, the 4th Year 10 VIII race was added to the regatta in 2009.

NSW Schoolgirls Head of the River Regatta[edit]

The NSW Schoolgirls Head of the River was first raced in 1991.[21] The inaugural Schoolgirls Head of the River Regatta took place on Middle Harbour Creek at Davidson Park, Roseville.[21] In following years the event was held at Iron Cove.[22]

The NSW Schoolgirls' Head of the River is now typically held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC), in Penrith[23] on the Sunday following the Schoolboys Head of the River. It is organised by the NSW Combined Independent Schools Sports Council (NSWCISSC)[23] and is the culmination of the Schoolgirls' rowing season.

Queenwood's 1st VIII and 2nd VIII celebrate their wins on the podium, 2014

Unlike the boys race, all affiliated schools of the NSWCISSC, NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association (NSWCHSSA), and the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Sports association (NSWCCCSA), are eligible to nominate their students to compete in the girls regatta.[24] As at 2008, ten of the thirty AHIGS schools, those being Ascham School, Canberra Girls' Grammar School, Loreto Kirribilli, Loreto Normanhurst, MLC School, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney, Pymble Ladies' College, Queenwood School for Girls, Roseville College, and Tara Anglican School for Girls, send their crews to the Head of the River, making up the bulk of entries. The regatta is becoming increasingly popular among girls crews from public and private non-AHIGS schools, most notably, St Paul's Grammar School, Kinross Wolaroi School, Sydney Girls High School, SCECGS Redlands, North Sydney Girls High School, Riverside Girls High School and Radford College.[25]

In 2012 Cranbrook School for Girls (Bellevue Hill) was added to the field.

The New South Wales Rowing Association (NSWRA) holds nine perpetual trophies in trust for competition at the Schoolgirls regatta:[26]

  1. the NSW Union of Ex-Oarswomen Rose Evans trophy for competition between schoolgirl first eights.
  2. the University of Sydney Women's Sports Association trophy for competition between schoolgirl first coxed fours.
  3. the Union of Boat Race Officials shield for competition between schoolgirl Senior coxed quadruple sculls.
  4. the University of NSW Trophy for competition between schoolgirl open fours (not awarded in 2007 due to a change in program format).
  5. the NSW Union of Oarswomen Golden Scull Trophy for competition between single scullers.
  6. the Margaret Varady Trophy for competition between schoolgirl year 10 coxed quads.
  7. the Betty Deer Rosebowl for the highest aggregate point score between competing schools.[24]
  8. the William McKeith Trophy for the Junior handicap point score.
  9. the Carol Bowern Shield for the Senior handicap point score.

Regatta winners[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ SBHS (1978). "Geatest margin in 20 years, 2 lengths 1 foot". The Record: 59. 
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  22. ^ FitzSimons, Peter (19 March 1994). "Jolly boating weather, without the hay-harvest breeze". Sydney Morning Herald. 
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