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Peter Boyce

Newcastle Rowing Club (NSW), formerly North Shore Rowing Club (NSW) and Queensland University Boat Club (NSW)

Peter joined the club in July 1993 (member #9). He was Regatta Secretary during the 1993-94 season and replaced the inaugural Treasurer, Leanne Burns, early in 1994. 

Peter's involvement in rowing commenced in 1963 with North Shore RC where he rowed fours and a single scull in which he enjoyed some success at local regattas. After three years there during which he served a year as Treasurer, he moved to the country to farm. After another move (to Brisbane) in 1970 he joined Queensland University Boat Club in 1976. Although he rowed up to five times each week his main interest there was in administration, becoming Treasurer and Club Captain in 1977 and was a Vice- President of the Queensland RA for four years in the 1980s. He was awarded a Blue by the University for services to rowing. 

Peter Boyce 

Peter's efforts for the NRC have not been restricted to administration. He has worked tirelessly on innumerable day-to-day tasks essential to the efficient running of any rowing club. Substantial as this service has been, it has been overshadowed to some extent by his willingness to make himself and Holden utility available over many, many years, to tow the club's trailer wherever boats had to go. This was never been more important than during the difficult 2007-09 period when the club was forced to trailer boats to Throsby Creek three or four mornings each week until the new boatshed was built. His contribution was crucial to the our survival. Peter's award of the Rowlock Award in 2007, was recognition of over a decade of service to the club. He is also highly regarded by the NSWRA for his work over many years as a volunteer at Sydney regattas. 

Colin Charters

Extracted from his book Just Add Water - The times and tides of Newcastle Rowing Club published by Seaview Press 2009.

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