Rowing Club

Unley High School (UHS) is one of only three public schools in Adelaide who offer rowing as a school sport, along with Adelaide High School and Norwood-Morialta High School.

The UHS Boathouse is located on the southern side of the Torrens River, three boathouses eastward of the Morphett Street Bridge. This facility is shared with Norwood-Morialta High School. UHS also has access to a boatshed at West Lakes, which we share with Adelaide High School and Norwood-Morialta High School.

Regattas are conducted mainly at West Lakes, although occasionally  at the Torrens Lake, Murray Bridge, Mannum, Renmark, Berri, and Port Adelaide are utilised as regatta venues. Rowing regattas take place during Terms 1 and 4 each year. It is possible to participate in other sports at the same time, but efficient time management becomes very important. Students are encouraged to participate in a different sporting activity during Terms 2 and 3. The rowing season culminates in the Head of the River (HOR) Regatta at West Lakes at the end of March or the beginning of April each year.

Rowing is generally not available to Primary School students, so students who have not previously participated in any rowing activities are not disadvantaged when they commence rowing. At Year 8, everyone starts off at the same level.

In 2017/2018, Unley High School won numerous races across all year levels. At the recent HOR we entered 21 crews, making us the second largest entrant behind Scotch College. UHS also underlined the depth of our rowing program by winning the Year 8F Boys division. One of the most impressive performances came from our Boys First VIII who finished in 3rd place, our best finish in decades and ahead of traditional powerhouses Prince Alfred College and Scotch College.

UHS also carries the distinction of being the only South Australian school to win a medal at this year’s National Championships with year 12 student Mitchell Reinhard winning the Schoolboy Single Scull. We have had many students and ex-students represent both South Australia and Australia over the club’s 40 year history.

Rowing is not just a sport that you do. At Unley High School you become part of a club and consequently get to know rowers from all year levels. This is particularly important for Year 8s in their first year of High School because it can provide some familiarity and support as students seek to navigate a new and potentially daunting environment. Rowing is a sport that necessitates that students manage their time, work hard, and build constructive relationships with their peers. This is highlighted by the fact that rowers typically feature prominently in the school’s awards for academic excellence, extra-curricula involvement, and leadership.

The club also prides itself on its culture of volunteerism and as such there are numerous opportunities for parental interaction and involvement both at regattas and at social activities organised by the club.

Police checks are conducted on all coaches and committee members involved with the Unley High School Rowing Club.

If you have any queries or concerns in regard to rowing, please contact the Unley High School Rowing Manager: Joshua Whitwell on 8394 5400 (during school hours) or via email at

The South Australian Rowing Association website also provides relevant information –