Rowing Australia Inc.Rowing Australia is responsible for events including the Australian Rowing Championships, the Interstate Regatta (featuring the "Kings Cup"), an Australasian or Trans Tasman series plus other major Australia based regattas.
Rowing is administered by individual rowing clubs and also by schools conducting rowing programs. These clubs, and schools are represented by a State Association or territory to form the National organisation known as Rowing Australia Inc (RA).
Rowing Australia is a non-profit sporting organisation recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) plus the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) as the governing body for the sport in Australia.
Rowing Australia is also recognised by FISA (Federation Internationale des Societes d'Aviron), the international governing body for the sport.
The role of RA is to "Promote and conduct rowing throughout Australia". In addition to develop the sport at all levels within Australia. There are approximately 140 rowing clubs and 140 rowing schools within Australia.
Rowing Australia has almost 38,500 affiliated rowers and the national championships in 2002 attracted around 3000 seat entries. According to research done by Ray Morgan, there are also 250,000 people who can be identified as supporters of the sport. Over 150 regattas are conducted annually in Australia and many training activities for rowers at all stages of their development.
From these events, and selection trials, RA select national teams to compete overseas. Athletes participate in the World Championships, the World Junior (Under 18 years) Championships, the Nations Cup (Senior B or Under 23 years), the Trans Tasman Challenge for Juniors, the Australasian Challenge New Zealand and Interstate teams) and every four years, the Olympic Games.
The day to day management group of RA is the Board. The Board comprises of a President, the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Finance, and up to five Directors, three of whom are elected by the Council and another two appointed by the Board. Ultimate authority and responsibility for rowing, though, rests with the Council of RA. The Council comprises representatives of the seven State and one Territory Association.
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