Growing up in the regional towns of Inverell and Dirranbandi I never envisioned myself getting involved in rowing. My interest in the sport sparked when I moved to Somerville House for school in grade 11. Although being a relatively late starter, I fortunately possessed some of the physical attributes to row well enough to get a spot in the 2nd VIII that year. From there, I was able to develop my skills further to ultimately earn a spot in the top boat in grade 12.


As a boarder, I enjoyed the sense of community that the rowing shed brought – as well as all the amazing breakfasts that the rowing mums provided! I did not enjoy the early morning starts throughout the winter as much, but I personally think it helped me develop resilience and organisational skills which have been invaluable in my future endeavours.


Now, as a titled Sports Physiotherapist, and working around my old School stomping grounds, my passion has been around helping young rowers get more reward for their tireless effort. Generally, this involves reducing the injury rate in rowers; through the development of screening assessments, and working with athletes, coaches and strength and conditioning coaches to identify potential issues before they happen. Waking early and performing maximally, day in and day out, is challenging and the fun can wane if the body is sore and unforgiving.


Keeping kids in the boat is one thing, but understanding the sport to a point whereby we can add value and contribute positively to the result is another. Everyone likes success (to be rewarded or recognised for their efforts) and that said, performance matters. Having a younger brother row for Australia has allowed me valuable insights in to the training methodologies and performance markers of the elite rowing group. Having an athletic ‘compass’ is useful in managing the health and well-being of youth rowers and assisting in the development our next crop of oar wielding superstars.


Churchie Senior Rowing Screening 2021


That said, not everyone has the desire or capacity to row for Australia. Ultimately, I would love to see all athletes enjoy their time spent rowing, reflect on happy memories, and foster a desire to remain active and even continue to row after they finish school.



If you have a child who is in the thick of rowing pre-season and especially if they are already complaining of body soreness, give me a call in the clinic. Christmas is not the only thing just around the corner. January camps and final selections will be here before you know it…


Felicity Moore

APA Sport & Exercise Physiotherapist

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