Last Sunday evening, the Meliora Club held its annual Sunset at the Sheds to formally welcome the BGS rowing community to their home on the Yarra. Despite a stormy start to the day, Melbourne turned on the weather as the crowds gathered. The riverbank was filled with laughter, cheering and the sound of mateship as old friends reconnected and new friends were made.
Richard Bartlett, Director of Rowing, led the naming of the boats to acknowledge the achievements of two BGS rowing alumni, Alex Clarke (2014) and Ben Canham (2015), who were both selected to represent Victoria and Australia in the U21 team this year. Dick spoke to the current BGS rowers about their pathway through the sport, the potential for development both on and off the water, and the strong sense of camaraderie and commitment to team demonstrated by Alex and Ben. To have two seats in an Australian VIII filled by Brighton Grammar boys says a great deal about the opportunities offered through BGS Rowing.
The House rowing competition and a House relay ergo challenge united boys across each age group as they cheered their team on – another example of how BGS Rowing truly is ‘many teams, one club’. The afternoon culminated in a live, silent auction – a success for the hardworking team in the background on the day, the Meliora Club Committee.
As the banners shouted out across the Yarra, GO TONNERS! Look out, Head of the Yarra 2018 – we are coming.