The Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club (WBRC) has serviced the Ballarat community since 1906. During the years it has had a range of improvements, however time and weather has taken its toll. Now that the Club has a Planning Permit to rebuild and extend the facility we need to raise some significant funds to realise this very important project.
WBRC provides facilities for a large portion of the Ballarat Rowing Community. In recent years we have introduced and housed Ballarat Loreto Rowing club, and we currently support Damascus Rowing Club and Phoenix Rowing Club. We also support and house the Ballarat Dragons Abreast and Golden Dragon Boat clubs. In addition to these activities we also provide a learn to row program that caters for over 50 students from all of the local schools each year.
The WBRC has had a proud history since 1863 when it became the 3rd rowing club in Australia. During this time it has produced many world class rowers including Ballarat's very first Olympic medalist, Gary Gullock.
The boat shed now needs some serious work, as time and weather have taken their toll. Over the last 2 years the club has been working hard to gain permission from the Ballarat City Council to rebuild. The works planned are very significant and the designs are aimed to provide a home for rowing in Ballarat into the future.
In recent years we have grown a program at Damascus College that now sees over 90 rowers competing. We have also introduced rowing to Phoenix College which has 35 rowers competing. We also provide housing for the local Dragon Boat Clubs, the Dragons Abreast and the Golden Dragon Boats. In addition to this we provide programs for the Adult Disability organisation, McCallum Disability Services.
The new plans provide improved changing rooms, boat storage and meeting rooms for all of the club user groups. The club also gets lifted above the high water level of Lake Wendouree.
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