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Don Fraser Club Friends of Rowing

An informal network of old boys has supported rowing at Christ Church since the School entered the PSA competition in 1957. In 1986, parents and old boys officially established the Don Fraser Club with the express purpose of continuing to support the sport at the School.

The name of the Club honours Don Fraser, who was the inaugural coach and a noted State and Australian oarsman. Don, who died in February 2006 at the age of 91, is credited with inventing, building, shaping and honing rowing at Christ Church in the years 1957-1974. At his funeral, attended by many members of the Christ Church community, First Eight rowers formed an honour guard in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the School.

Justin Forbes was appointed as the Teacher in Charge of Rowing in 2017. Club members assist Justin at regattas and organise the annual camp, the Head of the River Dinner and other activities.

2018 Committee

President: Glenn Bergsma
Vice Presidents: John Wellborn and Tim Caporn
Secretary: Jill Ellias
Treasurer: Mark Wallis
Year 12 Coordinator:  Wendy Smith
Year 11 Coordinator:  Jill Elias and Megan Wallis
Year 10 Coordinator:  Allie Bergsma and Briony Lee
Year 9 Coordinator:  Rebecca Purdy
Year 8 Coordinator:  Dos Newton


Click here to view the Senior Rowing manual.

Click here to view the Parents Rowing manual.