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The plan for the 2016 - 2017 Season:

The Brisbane and GPS Rowing Club has successfully run a junior development program for the past ten years for schoolgirl rowers during the BSRA off-season. The club provides an enjoyable environment and the support needed to maximise young club members' potential. We have 3 squads running simultaneously to cater for the different individual skill levels and goals including the less intense technical skill focused training as well as being a stepping stone to high performance training.  The program has produced nine Australian representatives in the past seven years, competing in sculling and sweep events at World Junior (U19), U23, and Senior A championships, and Olympics in 2016. 11 other rowers who have represented Queensland.

This year we are expanding our youth program to offer an all year round rowing program designed for both schoolboy and schoolgirl rowers between the ages of 15-18 years or current Year 10, 11, and 12 students. Athletes from non-rowing and rowing schools are welcome.

Will I benefit from the program?

Are you looking to:

  • Improve your technical rowing skills in both sweep and sculling?
  • Be better prepared for sculling and ergo trails?
  • Maintain your fitness over the off-season?
  • Row in all classes of boats?

If you answered yes to one or all of the above then you will definitely benefit from the program. What you put into the program is what you will get out of it. Some girls and boys may wish to compete in the Under 17 (U17) events at the Australian Championships in Sydney in March 2017 for which a special program will be organised.

Many graduates of the program in recent years have rowed in their schools' first VIIIs, and have continued their rowing into the club successful young members' squads.

What we offer:

We aim to provide:

  • Up to a maximum of 3 water sessions per week
  • Provide a fun, inclusive, challenging and safe environment
  • Cater to individual athlete skill level and experience. There will be two streams of athletes based on the athletes boat speed and skill (as novice rowers are welcome) as well as the option of transitioning into the high performance squads
  • Complement any school based rowing program as well as providing a program for athletes from non-rowing schools
  • Provide opportunities for athletes to compete in relevant and suitable club, state and interstate regattas/events
  • Identify other activities and opportunities that will enhance a rowers overall performance e.g. cross fit training, exercise physiologists, dietitians, sports psychologists, and talks by world champion rowers

How much will it cost me?

  • For athletes from non-rowing schools, membership to the club for 12 months, the will be $585.00 (including GST).
  • For athletes who are involved in their school's rowing program the membership to the club for 6 months, the cost will be $356.00 (including GST).
  • 6-month membership: October to March – 2 payments of $178 (Total $356) (GST included RQ fee excluded) The first payment is due in October and the second payment with RQ fee will be due in January. 
  • All fess include the Rowing Queensland registration fee of $46.

How do I apply?

Download the application form here. Then send it to the YDP coordinator, Liz Ralston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Media Consent Forms

If you have any concerns about photos or videos being taken while you are involved with rowing at GPS, and would like to provide consent to the photographer, then please select one of the following files to complete, and lodge with the club.
This form is for parents to sign on behalf of their children. Parents Media Consent Form.

This form is for the student to sign : Student Media Consent Form,

 How do I get further information?

Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the details of what information you require, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The link to Google Spreadsheet for entries into the 
2017 State Championships can be found here.