Rowing is one of the oldest AAGPS Sports, held since 1893. Newington entered the Head of the River for the first time in 1921 and won it on debut.

Newington Rowing Program

Newington has a dedicated ‘rowing gym’ at the Stanmore Senior Campus called the Michael Morgan Rowing Centre, with rowing machines, cardio and weights equipment solely for the Rowers. The Rowing Centre caters for entire rowing squads and it is open throughout the year.

The Rowing Centre enables time efficient training sessions and provides a backup training venue when there are adverse weather conditions.

Newington rowers in a team huddle


Rowing training is methodical with a natural progression from Year 7 to Year 12.  The training program is customised for each age group using best practice training methods.

The senior rowing squad stays at the boatshed two nights a week and are transported to and from the boatshed by bus, which is time effective for the students and reduces the travel burden for parents. They complete compulsory study sessions before and after training both in the library and at the boatshed.

The boatshed is open most days in the school holidays for any rower that would like to row voluntarily.


The AAGPS competition is highly contested across all age groups with up to 24 Newington crews racing on any given weekend in the summer season.

For senior crews (boys in Years 10, 11 and 12) the season culminates in the AAGPS Head of the River, which is held in early March. This is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar with crowds of around 10,000 people lining the banks of the Sydney International Regatta Centre, the facility where the Sydney Olympic Rowing Regatta was held.

Recent Sucesses

The 2020/2021 rowing season was one of progress and brought with it some outstanding achievements. The rowing team was made up of 190 rowers who set out to become their absolute best as they developed through another stage of their Newington rowing journey. The year saw another step in building the culture of a strong work ethic, positivity and courage in the boatshed.

Some of the season highlights included:

  • The 1980 Prefects’ Cup for most successful Newington Junior crew was awarded to the 1st Junior VIII.
  • The selection of four oarsmen – Hamish Danks, Hugo Hobbs, Leo Burkitt-Doyle and Harvey Jones – into the GPS 1st VIII.
  • Winners of the Downer Trophy Regatta (Newington vs King’s competition) with wins in the 1st VIII, 2nd VIII and 1st IV.
  • Gold and bronze medals in the Championship Schoolboy Single Scull event at the NSW State Championships.
  • Silver medal in the Championship Schoolboy Quad event at the NSW State Championships.
  • Bronze medal in the Schoolboy Quad event at the National Championships.
  • Two podium finishes at the AAGPS Head of theRiver, with second place for the 2nd VIII and 1st IV.
  • Two Newington oarsmen – Hamish Danks and Hugo Hobbs – being selected into the Junior Australian Rowing Team.


Director of Rowing Mr K Schmidt

Captain of Boats Sam Bristow

Vice Captain of Boats Hamish Danks


The Newington rowing program enters its rowers in a variety of regattas in addition to the AAGPS regattas. Our rowers compete in:

  • JB Sharpe Winter Series
  • Nepean Regatta
  • Rowing NSW Spring Regatta
  • Head of the Parramatta
  • Reindeer Regatta
  • NSW Sprint Championships
  • Rowing NSW Small Boats Regatta
  • ANU Regatta in Canberra.


Newington has a proud history of producing rowers, coxswains and coaches who have gone on to represent NSW and Australia in rowing. The College rowing program has produced fourteen Olympic rowers, many of whom have won medals.

Australian representatives from Newington

Newington has produced several Australian representatives at senior, Under 23 and Junior levels.

At the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics, there were four old boys in each of those Olympic Rowing teams – a remarkable achievement indeed! In 2012, Newington had representatives at all three levels of the Australian team including James Chapman (ON 2007) at the London Olympic Games (Silver Medallist), Scott Woodward (ON 2008) at the Under 23 World Championships and Jesse Coyle (ON 2012) at the Junior World Championships.