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Why Join MUBC?

MUBC is an open club providing rowing opportunities for all levels of oarsperson (with the exception of a complete beginner).  By joining MUBC you will benefit from:

  1. An unrivaled competition program which includes local, national and international regattas
  2. Coaching from people who have had highly successful careers as current national team coaches (see our coach portfolio)
  3. A boat fleet that is the best in Victoria, if not Australia, housed in a unique boatshed

Training squads are loosely categorised as:

  1. Youth - male and female athletes under 21 years of age. This is for school leavers and those one year out of school. The youth program is a great way to continue rowing after school and for those who would wish to continue with the sport. It also offers the better athletes a chance to represent Victoria. MUBC has placed more people into the Victorian Youth Team for the Interstate Regatta than any other Victorian club program over the last decade. Not everyone can row for Victoria, however. MUBC's Youth program provides opportunities to compete at a level appropriate with the rowers' aims and ambitions. It covers a range of ambitions, from performance at an elite level, to club rowing environments.
  2. Club - male and female oarsmen who are older than youth age. This group is a competitive group aiming at state and national titles. There is also scope within this group to compete at local regattas where there is a lower level of competition than at the top domestic regattas. Club rowers would compete at the Head of the Yarra, Victorian regattas including the Victorian state championships, the NSW state championships and possibly Henley Royal Regatta or Women's Henley in the UK. The club group will also compete at "fun" regattas such as the Mildura Easter weekend festival.
  3. Elite - MUBC has many rowers who are on the senior National Australian rowing team as well as those that are trying to get into the team for the first time either at Junior, U23 of senior levels. MUBC recognises the service and importance of those members on the senior national team and offers Elite membership to those MUBC members who are on VIS scholarship category 1-3, and therefore likely to make up either the World Championship team or hopefully the Olympic team for 2012. Those that are on age category national teams, VIS scholarship 4 and 5, looking to be selected for the first time onto a team or hoping to make a state team will be given full support by MUBC as Club members.
  4. Masters - MUBC's masters are a self governed group who row either recreationally or competitively for MUBC. Groups train loosely in age category in a variety of boat classes and compete at a variety of races domestically and internationaly. This season alone, MUBC masters raced in Tasmania at the Australian National Championships, the Masters' World Championships in Poland and Veterans' Henley in the UK and the Head of the Charles in the USA. Members include Olympic and World champions, Melbourne University alumni as well as rowers who may have come recently to the sport. In many ways they are the backbone of the club.
  5. Varsity - Varsity or University rowers are current students at Melbourne University. They are likely to be currently training in one of the above groups (but not normally from the Masters' group). There is an increasing number of events for students of Melbourne university to compete in. This is a particularly attractive feature of rowing for MUBC. These events include the Australian University Games, The Australian Boat Race, Henley Royal Regatta (student events are the coxed four and eight) and other invitational events such as the recent STX Korean Cup in Seoul.
  6. Talent Identification - In exceptional circumstances, the club will develop an athlete with little or no rowing experience. If you are a talented athlete from a different sport, then please read our New Talent Identification leaflet. MUBC has a proud tradition of developing such athletes, our most recent of which is Kim Crow.