Grafton Rowing Club History: GRC History Page 11
Australian Rowing Professional
Flooding Grafton
Early Shipping on the Clarence

Grafton Rowing Club History - The 1990s

The 1990s saw further expansion of Grafton Rowing Club, along with various improvements to facilities.

Masters rowing continued to grow, with Grafton Rowing Club winning a number of medals at NSW and Australian Championship regattas.

 Greg Thompson at the 1991 Australian Masters.
Greg also became Grafton Rowing Club President in the early 1990s.

Apart from the purchase of boats and oars to update the fleet, a major project was undertaken in the 1990s to improve the boatshed. This was done after the club finally received a government grant to assist in covering the cost of the improvements.

Grafton Rowing Club after completion of the extensions in the late 1990s

In the late 1990s the boatshed went from this:

to this:

Other improvements inside included new change rooms, showers and toilets, new kitchen and new boat and oar racks, whilst the new gable ended extensions allowed boats to be stored facing the river rather than parallel to it, with obvious advantages for boating up:

The photos below show the work in progress:

and completed:

These alterations provide Grafton Rowing Club and the community with a much more functional shed, with more boat storage and better facilities for use as both a training and regatta venue.

These changes also tie in with two other projects underway at the same time the development of a new Head of the River regatta for the Clarence and plans for hosting overseas crew prior to the 2000 Olympics.

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