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 and is proud to facilitate the rowing journey for so many boys at Christ Church. He has been involved in the management of PSA rowing for 10 seasons and rowed for Christ Church in the 1st VIII for five years, going on to row for the University of Western Australia. Rowing aside, Justin has taught for 18 years in the area of science with a particular expertise in chemistry.

Club members assist Justin at regattas and organise the annual camp, the Head of the River Dinner and other activities.

2018/19 Committee

President: Glenn Bergsma
Vice Presidents: John Wellborn and Tim Caporn
Secretary: Colleen Cook
Treasurer: Mark Wallis
Year 9 Coordinator: Colleen Cook
Year 10 Coordinator: Rebecca Purdy
Year 11 Coordinator: Allie Bergsma and Briony Lee
Year 12 Coordinator: Jill Elias and Megan Wallis


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