Rowing Quotes

Quotes from AUBC

"Rowing is a simple sport stuffed up by experts" - Roger Moore 

"A person who plays no sport is to be pitied, but a person who plays a sport but will not impose upon himself the discipline necessary for his maximum performance should not class himself as a sportsman." - Francis Perry Nolan (Portrait of a Rower )

 “A lover of liquor, a gay Lothario with an eye for a pretty girl, a believer in aristocracy and slavery, a hater of the mob, a gourmet, a virtuoso of amour, the life of the party, a good dancer, a fellow of precise taste in clothes, an admirer of fine art with no regard to its morals.

You smile at this viciously satirical picture? I give you its name: The picture of perfection” - Mike Page, 1969

 "Go out there and thrill me." Roger Moore, 1969

 "Life is too short to have a bad row" - Tim Brew

 "A man who rows the boat has no time to rock it." - Tim Brew

 "I've got a very simple philosophy on rowing - Pull the fu*king handle!" - A.J. Worthington

 "Talking doesn't make your legs bigger."- A.J. Worthington

 "Success is in direct proportion to your commitment to excellence and your love of what you do" - Tim Brew

 [After something small and annoying happens] "Well if that's the worst thing that's going to happen to me today, then it's a pretty good day." - Tim Brew

 “Go out there and row faster.” - Roger Moore, 2004

 “Today is the day of no excuses” - Tim Brew, 2006

"I have worked it out! - If you take a few light strokes in the middle of the race it is a lot easier" - CBC Student 

"My two major faults are that I row too long and pick up too many women" - J Hersey

"When I was rowing I used to think that I found it hard to get to the catch becuase the back of my legs were just too big......................they probably were!" - R Elleway

"Wenns oarschal brummt, ists herzal gsund" - Translated "When your bum is humming your heart is healthy". - F Richardt (German National) on farting in the Boat



“Mileage makes champions” -Steve Fairbairn

 “Style is no substitute for fitness.” - Eric Longley, Australian Empire Games coach 1958

 “You’ll pass out before you die, so row harder.” - Jennifer Bradburn

"Pain is just weakness leaving the body" - Anonymous

 “You alone are responsible” - Mike Livingston

 "If anyone here is secretly dreaming of making the Olympics, I can tell you exactly how to do it, two words: Sustained Obsession. The obsession isn't so hard. But keeping it sustained is a tough nut to crack. A heart-felt enemy can go a long way to sustaining your obsession. Love your enemy." - Brad Alan Lewis

 "Anyone who has not rowed in a really close boatrace cannot comprehend the level of pain." - Dan Topolski

 "Marathon runners talk about hitting 'the wall' at the twenty-third mile of the race. What rowers confront isn't a wall; it's a hole - an abyss of pain, which opens up in the second minute of the race. Large needles are being driven into your thigh muscles, while your forearms seem to be splitting. Then the pain becomes confused and disorganized, not like the windedness of the runner or the leg burn of the biker but an all-over, savage unpleasantness. As you pass the five-hundred-meter mark, with three-quarters of the race still to row, you realize with dread that you are not going to make it to the finish, but at the same time the idea of letting your teammates down by not rowing your hardest is unthinkable... Therefore, you are going to die. Welcome to this life." - Ashleigh Teitel

 "My dear boy, you are under a wrong impression. It is not a race, it is merely a means of getting crews to do long rows" -             Steve Fairbairn on the Head of the River Race 

“Rowers do more before 8am than most people do all day.” - Old rowing truism 

“Rowing is the only sport that originated as a form of capital punishment” - Anon. 

“Rowing: A competitive sport of boats that are narrow.” - Great Soviet Encyclopaedia

 "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."          -The water rat, from “The Wind in the Willows”


Ginn & Tomkins

 "While power is important, efficiency is critical. Many have worked hard and gone slow." - Drew Ginn

 "The scary thing is how much you're going to have to smash yourself."- James Tomkins on 2k ergs

 "A rower knows the underlying presence that moves a boat; it is quite simply force and energy. The force needs to be penetrating, and the energy needs to be driving and uninhibited." - Drew Ginn

 "When you can do something well, it's almost your responsibility to see how far you can take it." - James Tomkins