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September news has commenced with:

  • A superb story of the mateship in WWII is behind the boat naming of the new Empacher Eight
  • Cayzer Cup is on again in Sydney
  • Saturday morning at Mercantile
  • Member profile – John Leeming
  • World Championships wrap up
  • Annual General Meeting announced
  • 50 years ago – Mercantile wins Australia’s first sweep gold medal

August news included:

  • Australia’s gold and two silver medals including podium photos
  • The Olympic Games of course
  • Mercs lightweight senior four and lightweight under 23 four win at Canadian Henley
  • Australian Women’s Eight confirmed for Rio – left 5th August
  • Four Mercs member in women’s eight and member Katrina Bateman named as reserve
  • Mercs has more members in the Olympic rowing team than any other Club
  • Mercs Lighties race in Canada 2-7 August
  • Olympic rowing commences this weekend
  • Oldest member Arthur Atkins reaches 99 years old

Mercantile has a proud history of rowing on the Yarra River and beyond. The club was founded in 1880 by a group of enthusiastic business and sports minded members with the aim to increase the health and recreation of Melbourne’s society via the noble sport of rowing.

From these idealistic beginnings, we have seen the club successfully produce members, who reflect the club’s current day beliefs:

  • Excellence and service to the sport of rowing
  • Physical and mental health
  • Respect for yourself, club members, crew members and competitors
  • Friendship

Mercantile has consistently produced members who are leaders in sport, in administration, coaching and athletic performance. Our members have provided representative service to Australia on the World and Olympic stage, including numerous World and Olympic champions. We boast three Thomas Keller medallists, awarded for an outstanding international rowing career (more than any other club in the world); and a whole host of Order of Australia Medallists for services to the sport of rowing. Our membership is broad, inclusive and long lasting.

Our membership base includes existing active members with a 80-year club membership history, to recent new members from school and masters levels.

If you love rowing and the ideals produced from a crisp catch, clean finish and steady roll forward, then Mercantile Rowing Club is the place to be. At Mercantile, as in life, “Every stroke we take, we take a stroke to win”.


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