1999 VIC Head of Schoolgirls' Regatta
The regatta was conducted on the weekend of 20-21 March 1999 and the host school this year was Firbank Grammar School.
33 events were conducted this year, up two from the previous years.
The regatta was considered by this year to be the largest and the most successful school regatta in Australia with over 1300 schoolgirls from over 40 schools.
MLC won the first four, Geelong Grammar won the eight and Genazzano won the first quad scull.
At the 1998 annual general meeting, the association elected both Susie Palfreyman and Jim Spithill as life members.
The Head of the Schoolgirls Committee reported in the programme as follows:
The HOSG Committee has always aimed to provide the fairest possible environment for schoolgirl rowing competition and as such has faced the need for change and development many times since the regatta's inception in 1985.
Originally just 7 races at Ballarat, the HOSG Regatta has blossomed into what is now the biggest annual regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with some 270 races crammed into two days. To make this possible, a plethora of people have contributed innumerable hours of hard work over 24 months of preparation. On behalf of the HOSG Committee I would like to offer our heart-felt thanks to the hosts of this regatta, Firbank Grammar School and in particular to Firbank's Regatta Organising Committee who have worked tirelessly to ensure that this weekend is a success. They have covered every base at least twice and have been a pleasure to work with in the long lead up to the 1999 Regatta.
The report of the 1999 regatta by President Susie Palfreyman noted that gone are the days when the [hosting] school can expect to make a worthwhile profit from catering and merchandise, as the infrastructure for this regatta has become so expensive. Hosting school are now reliant on sponsorships and so the Committee prepared rules for them for hosting schools.
Organising Committee and Officials
Head of the Schoolgirls Committee
President: Susie Palfreyman (Life Member), Vice-President: Rob Zahara
Secretary: Josie Millard
Treasurer: Georgia Radcliffe-Smith
Committee: Stephen Mollard, Jim Spithill (Life Member), Brenton Terrell, Ron Podbury, Pam Westendorf, Geoff Barden, Rene Klupacs, Craig Adrians, Robert Blair
Convenors: Allan and Michelle Strain
Regatta Secretary: Robert Blair. Assistant Regatta Secretary: Jim Spithill
Commentator: Roger Wilson
Timing: Field Rickards
Course: Bob Morell
Referee: Ron Podbury
Robert Allen, Rod Florence, Sophie Lloyd, Natalie Brown, Nadia Gishen, Ralph Murphy, Noel Clark, Jane Greig, Robin Murphy, Sandy Collins, Kelly Jenkins, Ian Murray, Bernie Crimmin, Danielle Jenkins, Jane Withers, Catherine Currie
Open Race Results
Single Scull Open Division 1
Coxed Quad Scull Open Division 1
Coxed Four Open Division 1
Eight Open Division 1
Single Scull Open Division 2
Coxed Quad Scull Open Division 2
Coxed Four Open Division 2
Eight Open Division 2
Coxed Quad Scull Open Division 3
Coxed Four Open Division 3
Coxed Quad Scull Open Division 4
Coxed Four Open Division 4
Coxed Four Open Division 5
Coxed Four Open Division 6
Year 10 Race Results
Single Scull Year 10 Division 1
Coxed Quad Scull Year 10 Division 1
Coxed Four Year 10 Division 1
Coxed Quad Scull Year 10 Division 2
Coxed Four Year 10 Division 2
Coxed Quad Scull Year 10 Division 3
Coxed Four Year 10 Division 3
Coxed Four Year 10 Division 4
Coxed Four Year 10 Division 5
Year 9 Race Results
Single Scull Year 9 Division 1
Coxed Quad Scull Year 9 Division 1
Coxed Four Year 9 Division 1
Coxed Quad Scull Year 9 Division 2
Coxed Four Year 9 Division 2
Coxed Quad Scull Year 9 Division 3
Coxed Four Year 9 Division 3
Coxed Four Year 9 Division 4
Coxed Four Year 9 Division 5
1999 Regatta Programme
Rob Zahara Collection
Rowing Victoria: www.rowingvictoria.asn.au/competition/HOSG/