Fresh look for club and school rowing fleets

CLUB and school rowing fleets are getting a fresh look this season.

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club, Ballarat Clarendon College and St Patrick’s College all have boat naming ceremonies this weekend.

St Pat’s is honouring five-time Olympian and former student Anthony Edwards.

Edwards will attend the naming ceremony for the four, which will also see Olympians and other St Pat’s old boys James Marburg and Christian Ryan in attendance.

Wendouree Ballarat will name four boats tomorrow – the Ralphy Murphy (four), Jack Barnett 2 (pair), Vic Gingell 2 (pair) and Blanchfield 2 (eight) – to honour former rowers and rowing families. Ballarat mayor John Burt will take part.

The late Ralphy Murphy joined the club in 1984, coaching and heading the building committee. He also served as Ballarat Rowing Association president, Rowing Australia and Rowing Victoria officials. The late Jack Barnett became involved with the club since 1946 and remained an active member until he was 80.

Gingell linked up with the club in 1957, rowing for 10 years and rising to the status of national champion in the early 1960s.

The Blanchfield family has had a long association through Dick (joined in 1948), Rick (1971), Paul and Peter.

Ballarat Clarendon College is christening three new boats at the KD Baird Boatshed tomorrow.

A new four is being named the KD Baird 2 in recognition of longstanding college rowing supporter the late Ken Baird and as acknowledgement of the support of the Baird family.

The first KD Baird, originally Christened in 1973, is college’s most successful boat.

Betty Dyer, who dedicated this boat will again be in attendance tomorrow. Two new eights will be named the JK and H Murray and the 1920 Club-2012.

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