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  • 01 Aug 2017 10:27 AM | Glenn Bottrell (Administrator)

    Olena Buryak was on fire at the World Games. The Ukrainian set the 2000m World Record for indoor rowing yesterday and today she set the record over 500m.

    In Wroclaw, Poland, Buryak knew that she was on target for record time when she set the 500m record in training a week ago. Breaking her own record today, Buryak set the standard at 1:24.5 for 500m.

    Buryak led from the start in the 500m race starting out at a 50 stroke rate pace. Sweden’s Cecilia Velin followed in second and kept a higher stroke rate. The margin remained close between Buryak and Velin as Buryak took her stroke rate to 46 against Velin’s 52. Then Poland’s Anna Wierzbowska, who had been sitting in third, overtook Velin and with less than 150m to row, Wierzbowska was firmly in second.

    “I’ve had stomach flu since Friday and I thought this was going to be a disaster,” said Wierzbowska who finished in a time of 1:26.8. “The finish was the worst. I was so sore, because I started out very strong and then just had to hang on for the last 50m.” Wierzbowska is preparing for the World Rowing Championships in September and now goes to a training camp.  

    “It was a hard race,” Velin admitted. “I went out very fast and the last 200m was very, very tough.” Velin started rowing at the end of 2015 after competing as a kayaker. Her finishing time of 1:27.0 was not her personal best.

    “She said that she was aiming to beat me,” said Buryak about Velin. “But I decided not. I wanted to win. In the last 100m I just rowed my maximum.”

    Buryak hoped that setting the record would make it difficult for someone to break it. “Here there are people who don’t row (on the water) and they do indoor rowing very well. But I don’ think (my record) will be broken next year. Maybe in the next five or ten years.”

    Buryak is married to Pawel Shurmei who finished third in the men’s 500m. “Sometimes he is my inspiration. He’s 12 years older and at 41 he can do this!”

  • 28 Dec 2016 9:07 PM | Glenn Bottrell (Administrator)

    The brand new Sykes Racing Coxless Quad "Stewart Allsop" and the brand new Sykes Racing Coxed Eight "Simone Richardson" have been added to the ERC fleet in October and now a brand new Sykes Racing Single Scull has been ordered for delivery in a few weeks time. This latest purchase is due to a Capital Grant received from the Essendon Football Club Social Club Sporting Groups Trust Fund for which ERC is very grateful.    

  • 28 Dec 2016 12:08 AM | Glenn Bottrell (Administrator)

    ERC has installed a new Solar power system that can produce approx 12.5kW with 48 Solar Panels installed on the roof each producing 260W of electricity. The system installation was completed on Friday 14th Oct 2016 and has had the final electrical inspection approval completed and is just waiting authorization from our electricity supplier AGL for ERC to be a power generator. The system will then be commissioned. The main AC/DC inverter is located in the Captain's room in the North-West corner. Obviously it is not to be touched by anyone other than an authorized person so as to avoid any safety or warranty issues. 

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