Com­mu­nity links pay off for boat club

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

A CON­NEC­TION to the com­mu­nity has steered the Curtin University Boat Club to two ma­jor awards at the university’s Sports Awards.

The Sal­ter Point rowing club won the Curtin University Sports Club Ex­cel­lence Award and the Sports Club Com­mu­nity Award, which recog­nised its out­stand­ing man­age­ment prac­tices and the ben­e­fits it pro­vided to the com­mu­nity.

Club pres­i­dent Cameron Thorn said the awards recog­nised the ef­forts of peo­ple around the club to make sure it was run in the right way.

“I feel ab­so­lutely ec­static about the club win­ning the award. I think it’s tes­ta­ment to the work of vol­un­teers,” he said. “The club is all about sus­tain­abil­ity and it’s about hav­ing suc­ces­sion plans built around pro­cesses rather than peo­ple.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of our mem­bers are university stu­dents, so we like to give peo­ple mi­nor lead­er­ship po­si­tions and then they can tran­si­tion to high po­si­tions.

“We used to be a pow­er­house in the early ‘90s, but some of our row­ers left and we are build­ing up again.”

Thorn said win­ning the com­mu­nity award was based on the club’s ef­forts to pro­vide ac­cess to rowing at schools such as the Clon­tarf Abo­rig­i­nal Col­lege and John Calvin Chris­tian Col­lege.

“We sup­port them with equip­ment and en­gage them in rowing, which is a sport that is great for fit­ness,” he said.

Cameron Thorn with Curtin Grad­u­ate Busi­ness School as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Dr Lin­ley Lord.

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