The NQ Masters Rowing Team was initiated in 2014 in an effort to provide a focus point for competitive North Queensland Masters rowers seeking the same performance driven expectations, testing and selection processes as our Brisbane counterparts.
More often than not, highly capable North Queensland Masters athletes do not nominate for State Team crews due to the (current) expectation that all training will occur in Brisbane with great time and expense to any athlete travelling from outside that area.
The short term goal of the NQ Masters Rowing Team was to combine the best of the best athletes to row the Men’s and Women’s D8+ events at the Queensland State Championships. In these races our crews would be in direct competition with the selected State Representative eights who race in their composite club colours as a lead up event to the National Titles.
The longer term goal was to strengthen our participation at the State Championships and foster enough high performing Masters athletes and coaches nominating for State Team selection to tip the balance of power and see a State Team crew training in North Queensland.
In 2016, along with the assistance of Mr. Murray Stewart CEO of Rowing Queensland, and a very forward thinking RQ Board, we were able to secure a new selection process for the Masters Interstate Quads that addressed the previous inequities in the selection process and engaged athletes from all over the state in a process to find the fastest quads to represent Queensland at the national Championhships.
This new process effectivly meant the first crew across the line in the special selection race at the Qld Masters State Championships would become the State Team.
In 2016 our NQ Masters Ladies Quad comprising two Cairns athletes, two TJCU athletes, a TJCU Coach and a Mackay RC Reserve became the first ever State Team to train on our Northern Waterways. Mission successful!
A Pine Rivers Crew won the Mens Quad event and thus a very fair and encompassing procedure has lead to a groundbreaking process that saw the whole of Queensland engaged and an outcome for North Queensland that we never would have seen without this push for change.
In 2017 we backed this up again and our NQ Women's Quad became the Queensland representative Quad for the second year in a row.
8o this end, we would like to encourage as many athletes as possible to trial for the North Queensland Masters Team. The very least anyone will get out of nominating is the experience of taking part in a professional selection process, valid data from ergometer trials and hands on feedback and assessment from coaches during the selection process.
As we move forward now into 2018 our goals remain the same; To provide Masters Rowers who still crave high performance targets and activities to have a vehicle to take them where they want to go, and to provide a massive "Force from the North" showing at the Queensland State Championship regatta.