Welcome to the BSRA
The Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association (BSRA) is Australia’s premier schoolgirls rowing competition. With racing taking place from July – September in Queensland.
BSRA Board Statement
14 July 2020
The BSRA Board has today affirmed its overriding commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and families, whilst also maintaining a cautious but positive outlook for the resumption of a 2020 rowing competition.
In line with the Chief Health Officer advice, Queensland Government Roadmap guidelines, Australian Institute of Sport Framework and Rowing Queensland expectations, a return to rowing is to occur at Wyaralong (in the Scenic Rim) commencing on our scheduled date of Saturday 8 August and concluding on Saturday 29 August for Year 9 – 12 competitors. This is a total of four events. This does not include Year 8.
The COVID Safe Industry plan currently states that outdoor event numbers exceeding 500 require approval from the local Public Health Unit. BSRA events that include all nine schools* surpass this number and will require this approval. Should this approval be delayed the Year 9 cohort will be dropped from the competition and Year 10 – 12 cohorts will commence until such time that approval is granted for the numbers required to include Year 9.
*St Aidan’s are not participating in rowing training or competition in 2020.
It is up to individual schools to determine the amount of on water training their year level cohorts have undergone to prepare them for racing when entering crews into the competition. Therefore, the first two events may not represent all year levels of the nine member schools. The BSRA recommendation is:
- The BSRA competition will be referred to as ROWING COMPETITOR EVENTS. These events will not facilitate any spectators
- All participants are required to be bussed into the venue as part of the logistic requirement to meet the COVID Safe plan
- SEQ Water and RQ have stipulated that no event can have spectators
- Rowing Queensland have determined that any spectators appearing on the headland will cause racing to cease
- The final event on the 29 August will be a Head of the River
o Medals, Pennants, and Cups will be awarded
- Point scoring will be as close to normal as possible
BSRA Board Statement
29 May 2020
The BSRA Board has today affirmed its overriding commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and families, whilst also maintaining a cautious but positive outlook for the resumption of rowing.
In line with the Chief Health Officer advice, Queensland Government Roadmap guidelines, Australian Institute of Sport Framework and Rowing Queensland expectations, a return to rowing is to occur across a number of stages:
Stage 1 - Currently, there is no on water training. Where feasible, member schools may allow on land exercise program in preparation for organised Stage 2 training.
Stage 2 - From 12 June, and at the discretion of each member school, water training for singles, doubles or pairs may be introduced. Training must be kept to a 20 people limit.
Stage 3 – From 10 July on water training can resume with a maximum of 100 people per venue.
The progression to Stage 3 of the Queensland Government Roadmap currently excludes the viability of a regular BSRA season. With this in mind, the BSRA Board believes that no decision regarding the composition or style of any rowing competition to be run in the latter part of Term 3 can be made at this time.
However, in preparation for any possible competition, the BSRA Board have resolved that there needs to have been a minimum of:
• 4 weeks on water training completed for senior experienced rowers
• 6 weeks on water training completed for junior rowers
In addition, it has been determined that Year 8 rowers will not row in any competition in 2020. Member schools will make individual decisions on how best to promote and/or conduct rowing for these students at an appropriate time.
The BSRA Board have determined that a further review to consider potential competition options for 2020 will occur on Tuesday 14 July. Further communication will be released following this Board meeting, in accordance with the Queensland Government Road Map guidelines as they evolve.
Please contact the BSRA EO (email@example.com) if further clarification of the above is required. Please also note our planned return to rowing may need to be amended, if current restrictions change
The BSRA Board has made the decision to SUSPEND the 2020 BSRA rowing season until further notice.
18 March 2020
The corona virus impact over the past few weeks has taken us on a whirlwind and rowing is not immune to the effects.
The Board are meeting to discuss the options for the rowing season in mid-May and an update will be posted here.
The school rowing coordinators and relevant stakeholders are considering the options for a condensed rowing season. We hope to provide some level of competition for a great rowing experience.
Please see the BSRA policies and guidelines here
Welcome to the Brisbane Schoolgirls' Rowing Association - currently redundant information
Welcome to the 2020 BSRA regatta season. This year, our competition once again takes place at Wyaralong Dam between Beaudesert and Boonah. The benefit of our wonderful location is that Wyaralong is a huge body of water that caters brilliantly to the ten BSRA schools descending on it. The course has ten lanes with an abundance of warm up and training water to access. The geography of the ten-lane course offers equal conditions for all competitors. This eliminates controversy in rowing generally. The spectator area is generous and encourages a great atmosphere for the supporters.
The general regatta schedule is in the Competitor Handbook here on the website.
Each crew will row twice. The first race will be for pennants and seeding for the Head of the River lane allocation and the second race will count for seeding lane allocation only for the Head of the River.
Single sculling boats race once in 2020.
We hope that the variety of competition opportunities inspires great racing and this sport continues to grow.
Good luck and fair racing to all the girls.