A friendly rivalry brought the community together on the banks of the Tamar for the 2019 VC’s Challenge and River Run on Sunday 24 November. The events aimed to encourage participation in sport and strengthen links between the University and the community.

The Vice Chancellor Rowing challenge’s inception in 1998 began a healthy competition between the northern and southern boat clubs.

Northern staff, led by Vice-Chancellor Rufus Black raced against Chief Operating Officer David Clerk and his Southern team. The North kept their Masters title for the third consecutive year, winning by 13 seconds. Their diverse crew included beginner and experienced team members, with equal numbers of male and female rowers aged between 30-65 and originating from five different countries.

“It has been an absolute pleasure training with our talented Northern staff and connecting through a shared passion for rowing. We have also experienced some stunning sunrises while skimming through the still waters of the Tamar River,” Professor Black said.

“The University’s move to Inveresk means we will be able to host a wide range of community-centred events such as this.”

Rowing results:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Masters Challenge mixed Winner: North
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Plate women (students) Winner: North
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Cup men (students) Winner: South

Ninety people ran alongside the rowers in the inaugural River Run, organised by the University Athletics Club. The UTAS River Run gave participants of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to challenge themselves on a 2km course around Launceston’s scenic Seaport and Royal Park. Eighty students travelled from Hobart to Launceston as volunteers to support the events.

Congratulations to Launceston runner Patrick Smith who won the race.

Check out the VC’s Challenge and River Run 2019 video of the day.

The winning Northern crew

The winning Northern crew

Around 150 participants competed in the River Run

Around 150 participants competed in the River Run