Hag is very interested in an anonymous mate who dropped this little bombshell recently: ‘I thought you might be interested in this item which came though to me from an anonymous source.’
“Another UTAS issue that should perhaps be shared and many questions asked.
This was in response to a conversation about UTAS not actually having rowers in the North some years ago, (back when Errol Stewart was getting SeaPort off the ground, and was using North Esk Rowing Club to push his development agenda).
At the time UTAS didn’t have any female rowers in the north, and only one male, but they still held a North-South uni rowing eights race, Oxbridge-Henley style. (They might even have called it Henley on the Tamar, not sure though).
On the day on that occasion North Esk girls rowed for UTAS; it was a joke among them and parents. Anyway, the conversation item I have forwarded to you is a follow on from the ‘Henley’ and the whole rowing precinct thing in Lindsay St and UTAS.”
“The UTAS North ended up becoming a club of old farts and UTAS shut it down in the end.
NERC absorbed their members. The issue at moment is that UTAS North are trying to steal elite and Div 1 and 2 rowers who are studying through UTAS from NERC and Tamar. They’ve been offered free memberships, free race fees AND all expenses paid when travel for regattas – including interstate.
There is NO WAY the clubs can compete with that.
This raises 2 serious questions: Is this anti-competitive behaviour and within ACCC jurisdiction and are UTAS rowing South or other UTAS sports reps / teams being offered the same ‘incentive’?”