The Rowing Trivia Night was held on Friday 31 May in the Great Hall with around 200 people attending from the rowing and broader College community. Many of the participants got into the Mexican Fiesta theme of the night, with the Mexican Wrestlers winning the best-dressed table.
Whilst being a major fundraiser for Somerset Rowing, the night also doubled as an opportunity for the College and Rowing community to farewell Head Rowing Coach, Andrew Butler, as he will be finishing up after more than 10 years in the role. Tom and Sam Liu produced a wonderful tribute video for Mr Butler, starring the one and only Mr Bassingthwaighte on the phone to the Prime Minister. Andrew’s dedication to helping students become successful on the water and in life will be missed, it was great to have the current and past rowers and families present to farewell their coach and mentor.
The evening saw the return of past parent Kerry Shepherd as quiz master and Andrew Plume as Master Ceremonies and we would like to extend a big thank you to them for the effort they put in to ensuring an entertaining night. After four rounds of trivia the Alumni Table of students from 2009 to 2012 won the night.
I would also like to commend Michelle Smith, Susie Boyer and the Rowing committee for their organisation of a highly successful night.
We would like to extend a special thanks to all of the donors for their generous donations, which helped the rowing club to raise more than $10,000 to go towards upgrading the rowing equipment. The generosity of the businesses who donated auction items was instrumental in reaching our goal.
Thank you to all those who supported the evening through attendance, donations and bidding, it is greatly appreciated by the rowing community. See you all again next year!
We would like to thank the following businesses and families for supporting our event:
• Amazonia/ Taylor -Girdler Family
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