Lyn Mills’ social event of the week / The Bow Ball

“The anniversary had memories flooding back to the eagerly anticipated filling of Lake Burley Griffin,” writes social reporter LYN MILLS

THE bow as in “bow wow” rather than the bow of the bow tie didn’t cause any confusion for those who know and who row with their back to the bow celebrating 50 years of the Canberra Rowing Club with their Bow Ball bow-tie event at the National Portrait Gallery.
The anniversary had memories flooding back to the eagerly anticipated filling of Lake Burley Griffin, expected soon after the “official” start in September, 1963, but it was delayed by months of drought and the April, 1964, scheduled rowing championships looked like being a Todd River event.
But the rains came and 50 years on we can count many successes for CRC with club greats honoured in what will be a perpetual Hall of Fame, which will include three-times world champion Bruce Hick, Olympic gold medallist Megan Marks (nee Still) and Commonwealth gold and bronze recipient James Galloway.
The aquatic themed re-write of The Beatles’ “Help”, sung by Deb Cook, Eileen Bissaker and Judy Walsh, showed more than rowing is learnt on those crisp cold Canberra mornings, and it’s for all rowers, all abilities and all ages. Committee, take a bow!

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