Rowing Club

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

The UHS Boathouse is 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. An additional storage area is situated at West Lakes.

Regattas are conducted mainly at West Lakes, although occasionally 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 sporting activities are not disadvantaged when they commence rowing. At Year 8, everyone starts off at the same level.

In 2012/2013, Unley High School won numerous races across all year levels. This Success culminated in a very successful Head of the River that saw Unley High School boat 22 crews, the most of any school, public or private. Subsequently, Unley High School experienced its most succesfull Head of the River since 2001, winning the Year 9E Boys, Year 9A Boys and Year 10A Boys races at this prestigious event. Several former Unley rowers have also gone on to represent Australia at an international level.

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, as they have the support of others in older years or simply just someone to say ‘hello’ to in the schoolyard. Rowing is very much a team sport and as such teaches commitment, organisation and the drive to succeed. This is best reflected by the school’s Year 12 results whereby rowers continually receive awards for academic excellence, extra-curricula involvement and leadership.

There are numerous opportunities for parental interaction both at regattas and the 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 –