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Governor General christens new boat named in her honour


10 November 2011

L-R: University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Bronwen Watson (President of the Sydney University Women's Rowing Club), Jane Spring (current member of senate and former president of SUWRC)
L-R: University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Bronwen Watson (President of the Sydney University Women's Rowing Club), Jane Spring (current member of senate and former president of SUWRC)

The Governor General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, visited the University of Sydney on Wednesday 9 November to christen a new rowing boat named in her honour.

The Sydney University Women's Rowing Club's decision to name the racing eight after the Governor General continues a tradition of naming boats in honour of inspirational Australian women.

Watched by boat club members, student rowers, and University officials including Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, the Governor General christened the boat with a bottle of champagne in a ceremony in the University's Great Hall.

"It's a wonderful experience to come to the University and to be in this Great Hall that is so much the heart of the University," she said.

The Governor General congratulated Sydney University Women's Rowing Club for its achievements. Founded in the late 1960s, the club has produced many champion oarswomen and regularly competes at club, state, national and international levels.

"This club makes an enormous contribution to the great sport of rowing on this campus - which has a very proud sporting tradition - and to training and developing champion rowers, and giving opportunities to novices and students who have never had a go at rowing before," Ms Bryce said.

"For more than 40 years, the club has given great leadership in participation and in competition ... and has provided outstanding role models as well as world champions."

The Governor General has a close association with the University of Sydney, having served as head of the Women's College from 1997 to 2003. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University in 2010.

The Governor General with coach Gonzalo Briones and members of the Sydney University Women's Rowing Club
The Governor General with coach Gonzalo Briones and members of the Sydney University Women's Rowing Club

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