The Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association is an incorporated body established to conduct regattas for member schools. The BSRA is affiliated with Rowing Queensland who provide an enormous amount of support for the operation of the BSRA. The Association has an extensive set of by-laws to assist in the efficient, consistent and fair operation of schoolgirl rowing competitions. Delegates of each member school meet regularly to plan each season and review the Associations operation.
Over the short history of the BSRA, a number of strong philosophies have developed:
- Each girl shall receive equal opportunity to compete for her school irrespective of age or division.
- Sculling will be promoted up to Year 10 level, with sweep rowing introduced in Year 11 and 12.
- Schools are encouraged to develop and expand their programs.
- Rowing must remain in perspective as a school sport, recognising the demands of Academic study.
The BSRA regatta season takes place in 3rd term (July - August). This takes advantage of Brisbanes excellent winter climate and allows for some girls schools to share equipment with boys schools who row during summer. Each member school may host a regatta or combine with another school to host a regatta as a lead up to the Head of the River regatta.
The annual Head of the River regatta, held during mid August, is the culmination of the rowing season. All crews are striving to produce their best performance at this regatta.
Pennants are presented to each winning crew member and their coach, while certificates are presented to second and third placed crew members and coaches. Three major trophies are presented at the conclusion of the days racing:
Brisbane Schoolgirls' Rowing Association Cup
For the 1st VIII Championship. Donated by the Grummitt Family. This trophy is presented to the winner of the Open First VIII race. ... and it looks like ...
Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association - The Aggregate Cup for the Champion School
Awarded to the school with the best overall performance. Points are allocated to every crew which races in the first four divisions. A crew which races and finishes last has benefited a school more than not competing at all, and it looks like ...
Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association Percentage Cup
Presented to the school with the largest number of points per head of school population. The aggregate points total is divided by the number of year 8 to 12 female students at the school. This trophy is designed to encourage small schools who may not have the depth of talent to challenge for The Aggregate Cup for the Champion School.
Schoolgirl rowing continues to be the major growth centre of rowing in Queensland. In 1997, nearly 800 girls in over 200 boats competed at the Head of the River. The crowd exceeded 6000 spectators and the day ran more smoothly than ever. The Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association is maturing into a progressive and professional administrative body. I encourage you to surf your way through our pages and bookmark us for future updated pages.