With it's origins springing from an early initiative by the members of the Gold Coast Eagles Rowing Club to find a replacement for their modest shed washed away in the 1974 floodwaters, the Surfers Paradise Rowing Club has grown from it's humble beginnings into a robust community club dedicated to providing access to facilities, equipment, professional coaching and expertise to a wide membership within the greater Gold Coast community.
The home of Olympic rowers and coaches, and the seeding ground of World Class champion rowers and future Olympians, the Surfers Paradise Rowing Club, like it's emblem the eagle, continues to spread it's wings to grow the sport of rowing for both recreation and competition amongst members ranging in age from 16 to 85 years, men and women, beginners and state and international representatives. Partnering with Griffith University on the Gold Coast has seen the club soar in terms of garnering expertise and growing the sport among our young people, ensuring future growth and longevity. This strong partnership has helped to further the club's position as an inclusive association that strives for both excellence and wide participation across age groups and skill levels.
A dedicated and engaged membership is any club's lifeblood, and GUSPRC is proud to have honoured lifetime members, and Olympic, World Champion, and international rowers and coaches among its numbers. Some of our current active club rowers are among the founding members of the club in its earliest guise in the 1970's.
Olympic rower, Duncan Free OAM has himself come through the elite rowing development programme at the club, and now as Griffith University's Sport College Director, has forged ever stronger ties with the club and also coaches the next generation towards excellence. The club's Head Coach, Lincoln Handley brings a wealth of coaching expertise to our membership as an accomplished 11 time National, World Championship, and Para-Olympic coach. The breadth of experience and diversity of our club's membership is testament to GUSPRC's potent mix of expertise, commitment, and forward-looking approach to enjoying the sport of rowing at all levels and every age, well into the future.
As in the days of the club's earliest formation, a strong sense of enthusiasm, commitment, community, volunteering, and partnership has seen GUSPRC develop into a strong, competitive, and sustainable rowing club. The joy of rowing on the spectacular waterways of Surfers Paradise, - whether for fitness, fun, or competition, - as part of a club founded on community, is what GUSPRC is all about.
GUSPRC THROUGH THE YEARS
The Surfers Paradise Rowing Club as we know it now, was formed in 1989 and the boat shed was first established on it's current site on the Nerang River at 159 Bundall Rd in 1996. The current club maintains a local rowing legacy founded in a boating shed on the nearby Isle of Capri which was washed away during the Boxing Day floods of 1974. Dedicated early members built the rowing club up from literally nothing by drawing on enthusiasm, hard work, and partnerships.
GUSPRC today is a club built on these formidable core values of dedication, commitment, passion, and unity. We strive to support these qualities in all members of our club to ensure a positive, fun and supportive rowing environment.
Lincoln joined the GUSPRC Team as a Head Coach in 2014, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and professional expertise to all club rowers.
11 Times National Team Coach
World Champion Medal Winning Coach at U23 and Senior Level
2021 Para-Olympic Coach
HIGH PERFORMANCE PATHWAY COACH
Olympic Gold medallist, Duncan Free brings a wealth of knowledge built up through 20 years of competition including 4 Olympic Games.
Duncan has a balanced approach to training ensuring all athletes he works with enjoy themselves and their sport, alongside balancing their academic and personal excellence.
HIGH PERFORMANCE PATHWAY COACH
Marcus has extensive experience having represented Australia at a number of World Championships as both an athlete and as a coach. He understands what’s required for athletes to be successful.
Almost 20 years ago, as a competitive athlete, having represented Queensland and Australia in a number of different sports, and as a qualified Exercise Physiologist, Karen was searching for a new challenge. A belief that neither background nor age should limit the desire to compete, led Karen to Masters rowing. Now with numerous State titles and four Australian single scull titles to her name, she is helping her fun loving Yellow Group athletes achieve their individual fitness and competitive goals.
Morgan works with our developing athletes passing on her knowledge gained through being a current High Performance Programme athlete with international experience.
Monique joined the GUSPRC coaching team in 2020 as the Learn To Row and the Green Group Coach. Monique has been rowing competitively for 8 years and passes her knowledge onto rowers of varying ages ensuring they are ready to advance to the next level in their rowing career.