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- Josh Dunkley Smith retires
- Josh Dunkley Smith is new World Champion
- Nationals entries
- Senior Selection Trial nominees
- Moomba Closures
- State Championships Results
- Older Mercs Members gather for lunch
- State Championships Entries
- Member Profiles
- Thursday Night Social Hour
Josh Dunkley Smith retires
Published 13th March 2018
Sadly Josh Dunkley Smith retired today from international rowing. Josh will still race for Mercs at the National Championships and for Victoria in the King’s Cup. As various Mercs members have noted, JDS has earned the right to step back and look after the next stage of his life. …. A great role model to young rowers and an inspiration to the rowing community. …. One of the gentlest humans you’ll ever meet. … Huge respect.
We all hope that he may be able to return to the international stage in the future.
Josh, you are a great and much loved Mercantilian.
Above: Josh at Rio in 2016 after taking silver
The following statement was issued today by Josh and Rowing Australia.
Two-time Olympic silver medallist, Joshua Dunkley-Smith, has today announced that he will be no longer pursuing selection for the Australian Rowing Team for 2018 and will be leaving the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre to focus on his career and personal life. Dunkley-Smith, who made his senior team debut for Australia in 2009, has released the following statement:
“It is something that I have been considering for a while, as I’ve gotten older things have become more important to me, one of those things is spending time with family and spending time with my partner Candice. We have many plans together for our future and I want us to spend time together and enjoy being a couple in our twenties before our future continues and things change again.
“As I have gotten older, other concerns grow and other aspects of life have to be considered alongside rowing. I know what is required to perform at the level I want to perform at, and achieve what I want to achieve, and I don’t know if I would be capable of that level of commitment if ultimately my heart is in other places.
“I know what is required to deliver for my crew mates, and I am now hesitant to put myself in a boat, when I know I may not be able to uphold my responsibilities, because my head and heart is focused elsewhere.
“On a personal level, it has been challenging for me to be centralised in Canberra, but I think the environment itself is a good one. Spending time there, with the guys, I see that the group is really on the right track and they are set up to have some really good results, with or without me. Moving interstate has maybe made my feelings more acute, but rowing is a sport that regardless of where you train, takes you away for great periods of time.
“I’ve been thinking about stepping away for a while, both last year and this year. Rowing is a sport that take you away from your friends and family, but that is the nature of elite sport and that can’t be changed – it’s not just about going interstate but also about going overseas for long periods of time to pursue your goals.
“I am incredibly grateful for the support I have had as I have made this decision. I have obviously been talking a lot to Candice and my mum (Addy Bucek), both experienced athletes, and with Drew Ginn (three-time Olympic rowing gold medallist, and member of Dunkley-Smith’s silver medal-winning Men’s Four in 2012).
“I am very lucky to have so many people to turn to for advice, and also a lot of people who over the years have coached me and been there for me as a friend, including the likes of Bill Tait, who has been very supportive as I made this decision. In making this decision, I have realised how much people care for myself as an athlete and as a person. It is important when in such a high-pressure environment, that you have friendships that are more than just a sporting relationship.
“I am also extremely grateful for the support that’s been offered to me by Rowing Australia in this time as I’ve made this decision to take this time away from the sport. I am unsure, at the moment, if I am going to retire, that is a big decision to make. Everyone has been encouraging and made it clear that I am always welcome if I do feel that I have made the wrong decision. I believe it’s now about stepping back and refocusing before making such a big decision.”
Dunkley-Smith won Olympic silver medals at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Men’s Four and also has five Senior World Rowing Championship medals to his name.
On Saturday 10 March 2018, Dunkley-Smith, (subject to verification from Concept2) broke the World Record for 2000m on an indoor rowing machine by setting a time of 5 minutes 35.5 seconds. The 28-year-old’s feat saw him post a time that bettered New Zealand’s Rob Waddell’s 19-year-old record for the 19-29 age category, and Waddell’s 10-year-old record for the 30-39 age category.
“It was probably something that I have been working towards for a quite a while. It is one of those things that has always been there but never a main stated goal, as it’s always more about the racing on the water. However, seeing how long the records had stood for, and having the opportunity to go for it, I was glad I was able to do that before I take some time away,” admitted Dunkley-Smith.
Rowing Australia Performance Director, Bernard Savage said, “We have seen this week the calibre of athlete that Josh is. It is clear that Josh has spent time considering this decision, so while we are obviously disappointed to see Josh step away from the sport, we respect his decision and will do all we can to assist him as he focuses more on life outside the boat.
“He is a superb athlete and has contributed greatly to the Australian Rowing Team over the last 11 years. The combination of both raw athletic ability and experience has made him a wonderful addition to the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre this season. He has clearly made an impact on the group in his short time at the NTC. He will definitely be missed but I know the athletes, coaches and staff wish him all the best and genuinely want to see him happy.
“We will continue to engage with Josh and remain in close contact. I have made it very clear that should he wish to return to the sport, we will support and assist him accordingly when the time comes.”
Above: Josh at 1992 Olympic Games with his mother Addy, an Olympic sailor
Above: Josh at 2016 Olympic Games with his mother Addy, an Olympic sailor
Josh Dunkley Smith is new World Champion
Published 10th March 2018
Today at the senior selection trials. JDS hit a new world record and this is what it looks like – under 1:24.0 per 500m. Your correspondent has difficulty getting to 1:23.9.
Great work Josh. We are proud of you and your achievement.
Above: The superb piece of work
Published 10th March 2018
Another huge entry from Mercantile.
|OW2x||Mercantile||Georgia Stewart, Olivia Sibillin|
|OW2x||Huon/Mercantile||Eleni Kalimnios, Madeleine Thomas|
|OW4x||Mercantile||Fiona Albert, Madeleine Thomas, Amanda Bateman, Ria Thompson|
|OW2-||Mercantile||Addy Dunkley-Smith, Katrina Werry|
|OW4-||Mercantile Composite||Eleni Kalimnios, Georgia Stewart, Olivia Sibillin, Madeleine Thomas|
|OW4-||Mercantile||Gemma Sibillin, Georgia Stewart, Olivia Sibillin, Madeleine Thomas|
|OW8+||Mercantile||Fiona Albert, Olivia Sibillin, Sophie Balson, Madeleine Thomas, Amanda Bateman, Jessica Morrison, Addy Dunkley-Smith, Katrina Werry, Adelaide Cester(c)|
|OM2X||Mercantile/Banks||Alexander Kinsella, Angus Thornton|
|OM2-||Mercantile||Liam Donald, Angus Widdicombe|
|OM2-||Mercantile||Callum Nott, Tom Hunt|
|OM4-||Mercantile||Callum Nott, Tom Hunt, Angus Widdicombe, Liam Donald|
|OM4-||Melbourne University Composite||Patrick Boomer, Simon Keenan, Josh Dunkley-Smith, Joshua Booth|
|OLW4x||Mercantile Composite||Phoebe Wolf, Ciara Ward, Teneille Linehan, Meghan Hester|
|OLM2x||Mercantile||Jayden Grey, Michael McNamara|
|OLM4x||Mercantile||Carl Tomczak, Redmond Matthews, Jayden Grey, Michael McNamara|
|OLM4-||Mercantile||Carl Tomczak, Michael McNamara, Jayden Grey, William Legge|
|OLM8+||Mercantile Composite||Hugo Berry, Carl Tomczak, Oscar McGuinness, Jack Kelly, Michael McNamara, Redmond Matthews, Jayden Grey, William Legge, James Rook(c)|
|U23W2x||Mercantile||Amanda Bateman, Ria Thompson|
|U23W4x||Mercantile Composite||Siena Zamin, Annabelle McIntyre, Amanda Bateman, Ria Thompson|
|U23W8+||Mercantile||Phoebe Wolf, Michaella Ballas, India Mattocks, Ellie Tomanovits, Kirsten Green, Skyla Froebel, Sophie Balson, Georgie Gleeson, Adelaide Cester(c)|
|U23M2x||Mercantile||Alexander Wolf, James Hoban|
|U23M4x||Mercantile||Mitchell Hooper, Joel Cain, Alexander Wolf, James Hoban|
|U23M2-||Mercantile||Alexander Clarke, Benjamin Canham|
|U23M2-||Banks/Mercantile||Jack Wheeler, Angus Maloney|
|U23M4-||Mercantile Composite||Jack Wheeler, Benjamin Canham, Alexander Clarke, Angus Maloney|
|U23LW2x||Banks/Mercantile||Ciara Ward, Phoebe Wolf|
|U21W2x||Mercantile||Michaella Ballas, Ellie Tomanovits|
|U21W2-||Mercantile||Sophie Balson, Georgie Gleeson|
|U21W2-||Mercantile||Kirsten Green, Skyla Froebel|
|U21W2-||Mercantile||India Mattocks, Ellie Tomanovits|
|U21W4+||Mercantile||Kirsten Green, Skyla Froebel, Sophie Balson, Georgie Gleeson, Adelaide Cester(c)|
|U21M2x||Mercantile||Mitchell Hooper, Joel Cain|
Senior selection trial nominees
Published 10th March 2018
The senior selection trials are underway and Mercantile members are involved.
Addy Dunkley Smith
Josh Dunkley Smith
Sadly Red Matthews has been injured and is not at the National Training Centre.
Updated 5th March 2018
Yes it is that time again, Gloomba has arrived. Full details of closures can be found at: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/715476/NTRUMoomba2018DRAFTClosureTimes.pdf.
In summary, Monday and Tuesday this week, the river closes from 9.00am to 4.30pm.
From Wednesday 7th March to Monday 12th it is effectively closed upstream.
Tuesday 6 March – 12pm Friday 9 March 2018.
- Soft road closure in place.
- Vehicle access will be granted to Rowing Club Members to drop-off and pick-up athletes.
- Limited parking available on North (river) side of Boathouse Drive – Standard fees apply.
12pm Friday 9 March – Monday 12 March 2018.
- Full road closure in place.
- No vehicle access.
- No parking.
Tuesday 13 March – Friday 16 March 2017.
- Unrestricted vehicle access.
- Parking available on North (river) side of Boathouse Drive – Standard fees apply.
State Championships Results
Published 4th March 2018
Some great wins on the weekend from many of our crews. With the nature of the national training centre program, the State Championships relied heavily upon our under 21 and under 23 rowers to take the lead.
Above: our dominating women’s youth eight
Above: On the podium with the President
Above: Men’s Open Eight winners
Above: Keep an eye out for Meghan Hester at the Nationals in the lightweight sculling. Celebrating her lightweight double win above
Above: Jayden Grey continues his good work in the lightweight scull
Above Pat McNamara congratulates Michael McNamara on his win
Above: Our Lightweight scullers show off their trophies
Above: Michael and Jayden battle the difficult conditions off the start in the double
Above: Looks pretty easy at the other end
Above: Our girls also had a good day in the sculling boats. The smiles say it all
Above: Our open women scullers
Men’s Pair winner Callum and Tom
Under 23 winners Benjamin Canham and Alexander Clarke
Above: Mercs takes out gold, silver and bronze in the B single on Sunday
Above: Silver in the Women’s B Pair
Above: Silver in Men’s B Pair
Older Mercantile Members Gather for Luncheon
Published 1st March 2018
A group of distinguished members gathered for lunch at the Sandringham Club recently for luncheon to discuss memories that probably should be forgotten. It was great to see Martin Owen in fine form.
Above: The happy throng at 3pm. From the left, Jim Adams, Steve Mollard, Ian Duthie, Jeff Lawrence, Mark Connolly, John Harry, Martin Owen, Andrew Briggs, Phil Ainsworth, Ken Marshall, Terry Phillips, David Bowen, Joe Joyce, Vicky Connolly, David Pincus, David Palfreyman
Good sense prevailed and no pictures of the end of the luncheon at 7.30pm were taken.
State Championships Entries
Published 1st March 2018
Another huge entry from the Club.
|MO2-||Mercantile||Callum Nott,Tom Hunt|
|MU232-||Mercantile||Alexander Clarke,Benjamin Canham|
|MU232-||Banks/Mercantile||Jack Wheeler,Angus Maloney|
|FU212-||Mercantile||Sophie Balson,Georgie Gleeson|
|FU212-||Mercantile||Kirsten Green,Skyla Froebel|
|FU212-||Mercantile||India Mattocks,Ellie Tomanovits|
|MU214+||Mercantile||Isaac Sanderson,Max Parker,Joel Cain,Mitchell Hooper,Jamima Jamieson(c)|
|MO8+||Mercantile||Redmond Matthews,Carl Tomczak,Angus Maloney,Patrick Boomer,Benjamin Canham,Alexander Clarke,Tom Hunt,Callum Nott,James Rook(c)|
|FO8+||Mercantile||Meghan Hester,Kate Duggan,Georgia Stewart,Gemma Sibillin,Amanda Bateman,Fiona Albert,Olivia Sibillin,Madeleine Thomas,Adelaide Cester(c)|
|MO2X||Mercantile||Alexander Kinsella,James Hoban|
|MLW2X||Mercantile||Jayden Grey,Michael McNamara|
|MU212X||Mercantile||Joel Cain,Max Parker|
|FO2X||Mercantile||Amanda Bateman,Ria Thompson|
|FO2X||Mercantile||Fiona Albert,Madeleine Thomas|
|FO2X||Mercantile||Olivia Sibillin,Gemma Sibillin|
|FLW2X||Mercantile/Corio Bay||Meghan Hester,Teneille Linehan|
|FU218+||Mercantile||Phoebe Wolf,Michaella Ballas,India Mattocks,Ellie Tomanovits,Kirsten Green,Skyla Froebel,Sophie Balson,Georgie Gleeson,Adelaide Cester(c)|
|MO4-||Mercantile||Redmond Matthews,Patrick Boomer,Tom Hunt,Callum Nott|
|MO4-||Mercantile Composite||Jack Wheeler,Benjamin Canham,Alexander Clarke,Angus Maloney|
|MLW4-||Mercantile||Carl Tomczak,Michael McNamara,Jayden Grey,William Legge|
|FO4X-||Mercantile||Fiona Albert,Madeleine Thomas,Amanda Bateman,Ria Thompson|
|MO4X-||Mercantile||David Crawshay,Patrick Boomer,Alexander Kinsella,James Hoban|
|FA2-||Mercantile||Ruby Lewis,Hannah Lewis|
|MA2X||Mercantile||Alexander Kinsella,James Hoban|
|FD2X||Mercantile||Ruby Lewis,Hannah Lewis|
|MA8+||Mercantile||Alexander Kinsella,James Hoban,Alexander Wolf,Max Parker,Joel Cain,Mitchell Hooper,William Legge,Carl Tomczak,Jamima Jamieson(c)|
Published 1st February 2018
Each month more profiles are added. Did you read the story on the great George Xouris?
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Tuesday night masters ergo night
Republished 1st February 2018
With the masters now doing ergos on Tuesday nights, the gym is getting crowded after 6pm. Every ergo was used on 1st August and there was not even a need for an ambulance.
Tuesday night is ergo night
Thursday Masters Nights
Republished 1st February 2018
Reminder that all masters rowers are welcome for a row on Thursday nights followed by a sausage sizzle and refreshments. Row at 6pm and sausage sizzle at 7.30pm. All welcome. Please call Andrew Guerin on 0417 554799 to get put on the weekly email.
Thursday nights after the row