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.
Warwick Yeates was appointed as the Teacher in Charge of Rowing in 2020 and is proud to facilitate the rowing journey for so many boys at Christ Church. Warwick rowed in the PSA competition throughout his time at high school where he developed a passion for the sport. Following school, he competed in State and National Rowing Championships as part of the Western Australian State Youth Squad. With 10 Years of club and PSA coaching experience, he is able to engender the same passion for rowing that he had in school. In addition to his role as Teacher in Charge of Rowing, Warwick is the Year 9 and 10 Residential Co-ordinator and teaches English Literature.
Club members assist Warwick at regattas and organise the annual camp, the Head of the River Dinner and other activities.
Don Fraser Club Committee Members
President: Tim Stevenson
Vice Presidents: David Hogarth and Jason Walker
Secretary: Colleen Cook
Treasurer: Julie Holmes
Year 8 Coordinator: Nickie Parramore
Year 9 Coordinator: Barnaby Egerton-Warburton
Year 10 Coordinator: Frances Wood and Jo Hatton
Year 11 Coordinator: Jade Singleton and Phillipa Trevena
Year 12 Coordinator: Wendy-Anne Smith
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