Community links pay off for boat club
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.