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.

Rowing from bow seat


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.

Newington Head of the River Rowing


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 2019/2020 Rowing season was filled with new opportunities and the building of strong cultural foundations. Unfortunately, the season was cut short due to uncontrollable circumstances, but it was encouraging to see the Newington rowers handle the challenges with unity, respect and resilience.

Due to extreme and uncontrollable circumstances, the Downer Trophy was not held, half of the State Championships were cancelled, the 3rd VIII and Junior VIII events were cancelled at the AAGPS Head of the River, and the National Championships was cancelled in full. Despite this, there were a great many new feats and successes for the team this season, including:

  • At the 2020 AAGPS Head of the River,  Newington had a podium finish in the 2nd VIII and achieved second place in the AAGPS Junior pointscore.
  • Newington took home two medals at the NSW State Championships – a gold medal in the Championship Schoolboy Coxed Quad Scull and a silver medal in the Under 17 Schoolboy VIII.
  • Three rowers, Hamish Danks, Luke Harvey and Karl Kovarik, were selected in the AAGPS 1st VIII.
  • After the conception of a new rowing tour to represent the College at the Head of the Yarra, Melbourne, Newington ton debut won the 3rd VIII division and finished in second place in both the 1st and 2nd VIII divisions.
  • The Year 9 3rd Quad won the Gold Cup for the Year 9 division 3 event.
  • The 1980 Prefects’ Cup for most successful Newington crew was awarded to the 2nd Junior VIII who finished the season with the most points for a Newington crew, came second place overall, consistently finished on the podium at each race and won the Shore Regatta.


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.