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About UTS Rowing

The UTS Haberfield Rowing Club, formerly known as the Haberfield Rowing Club, was established in 1925. Between 1925 and 1992 the club built its reputation as one of Australia’s top rowing clubs winning many State and National titles and seeing a number of its members represent Australia at World and Olympic Championships. 

In 1992 the club amalgamated with the University of Technology, Sydney, Student Union, to become the UTS Haberfield Rowing Club (UTSHRC). This allowed the club to continue and grow in a changing environment, to achieve even great success. By the 2000 Sydney Olympics Tim McLaren (Head Coach) and Ellen Randell (Women’s Coach) had 12 club members in the Australian Olympic Rowing Team. Of those were the Bronze medal winning Mens 4- who trained at UTS rowing club's shed. The arrival of the 2004 Olympics, saw some of the members of the bronze medal winning Men’s four from the preveous Olympics join the mens 8. Half of ther men 8 were from the UTSRC (Stewart Welch, James, Steven and Geoff Stewart). At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the Club had another 4 athletes in the Men's 8 (Dave Dennis, Stephen Stewart, Sam Loch and James Chapman). The club has Australia's leading Women's Coach, Ellen Randell running the Women’s Squad. Ellen has coached three crews to two Olympic Games: the Women's Double and the Women's Quad to Atlanta and the Women's Double in Sydney. Ellen has coached in nine World Championship campaigns. She coached the Lightweight Women's Quad to a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships. The following year she took both the men's and women's teams to the 2008 World Championships in Linz. Steve Luker is the Head Men’s Coach. Athletes from the UTS men’s squad have achieved great success in recent years, most memorable being Rod Chisholm winning the Men’s Lightweight VIII at 2011 World Championships in Bled. 

In 2012 UTS was the second most successful club at the Australian National Championships in Perth. The club was the only NSW club in the top 10 on the medals table. The club is again delighted to have one member in the Australian Olympic Team, Rod Chisholm in the Men’s Lightweight Double. We also have Oli Zuk in the non Olympic Team in the Men’s Lightweight VIII and Jess Allen in the Junior Women’s Four 

For further information about the club and to enquire about all our rowing programmes (Elite, Men’s, Women’s, School Winter Programmes etc) please email steveluker@optusnet.com.au