Riverway Rowing Club Inc.


Riverway Rowing Club History


Rowing in Townsville commenced around 1980 and has grown rapidly in recent years since the introduction of school rowing programs in 2000.

An opportunity to commence a second rowing club in Townsville came with the development of the upper reaches of the Ross River under the Riverway Precinct Development Program.

Riverway Rowing Club was established in 2005 with a small team of rowing enthusiasts. Two of these founding members Chris Cottrell and Paul Trevethan are now Life Members of the club as recognition of their dedication, commitment and development of rowing at Riverway. Riverway Rowing Club is a not-for-profit community-sporting organisation.

Club membership expanded quickly in our first year of operation. Our club delivers numerous Learn to Row programs during the year. Our first year of delivering Learn To Row programs resulted in our membership rising to over 50 members in our first year.

2010 saw the introduction of school rowing programs to Riverway Rowing Club. The Ryan Catholic College and Townsville Grammar train on the waters of the Ross River with Riverway Rowing Club.

Riverway Rowing Club prides itself on welcoming new members of all ages and anyone interested in the sport of Rowing to come along and have a go. Our club has many exciting roles that can be filled by members and parents of school rowers; these roles include coaching, BRO and tinnie drivers, volunteers to support regattas, and your always welcome to join in for a social row.


  • To be the most comprehensive rowing environment in Queensland


  • To promote member development through coaching, fitness development and social opportunities

  • To introduce adults, families and work colleagues to the sport of rowing

  • To organise and participate in local and regional rowing competitions

  • To train rowers, of whatever standard, to compete competitively or socially

  • To enable non-competitive rowers to participate for personal fitness, camaraderie and enjoyment