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Jane Spring Awarded for a Lifetime of Service to Rowing

18 Jun 2010

Jane who is also a Fellow of Senate at the University of Sydney was presented with her award - in recognition of her lifetime service to rowing - by Norma Perry, the first female Director of Rowing NSW.

Jane was surprised but thrilled to be acknowledged in this way.

"Rusty was coaching when I was rowing and I benefited greatly from his encouragement and the skills he shared with many coaches and athletes," said Jane. "I was very sad when he died too young in January 1990 during his time coaching at Penrith."

Jane has only recently stepped down from her position as president of Sydney University Women's Rowing Club after an impressive 24 years in the top role. "I am now really pleased to be working with our super new President Bronwen Watson and look forward to our future successes as a Club."

She says particular highlights of her tenure as President include:

  • purchasing a boatshed for the Women's Rowing Club in Glebe in 1994;
  • seeing rowers develop as administrators, leaders and athletes with some winning world championships;
  • achieving political and practical wins for rowers on the water such as preventing the power boat ramp going ahead, obtaining an early morning curfew for the Dry Boat store and the 4 knot zone in Blackwattle and Rozelle Bays, and
  • the fabulous support offered by Sydney University to our rowers.

Jane received her award alongside a fellow University of Sydney graduate and blue recipient (1967) Iain Macdonald. Iain who studied pharmacy at the University also received a lifetime achievement award for services to rowing.

Under the leadership of the Dean, Professor Peter Wolnizer, The Faculty of Economics and Business has been an enthusiastic supporter of NSW rowing for many years and was the proud major sponsor of the 2009 and 2010 NSW Rowing Championships.