Matt Ungemach

DIRECTOR OF ROWING

MRC is very proud to have on our staff a Double World Champion and Double Olympian from one of the of the world’s great rowing nations. In 2015 and 2016 Matt has been coaching the Under 21 Australian Men’s Sweep programme. Matt also conducts MRC’s Winter Programme, which is fast becoming a hub of off-season ambition for young rowers from a variety of schools.

In 1990 Matt won the World Championships at Lake Barrington with the German Eight over long-term rivals, Canada. For the World Championships in Vienna 1991 Matt teamed up with his pair partner and two returning rowers from the 1988 German Gold Medal Eight in the coxed fours. The crew won the World Championships in an historic race, which is still recognised as the World’s Best Time in the Men’s Coxed Fours. Matt rowed in the straight four in the Barcelona Olympics finishing 4th and later represented Germany in the pairs in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Matt won 15 German Championships in all boat classes and the Grand Challenge Cup in Henley for the Open Men’s Eights in 1990.

Matt started coaching in 2011 at St Augustine’s and has developed the program with Judith into a small school high performing program.

In 2014 he qualified, over much fancied opposition, two of his St Augustine’s boys with two Riverview boys to represent Australia at the Junior World Championships in Hamburg Germany in the straight four.

Matt is an NCAS level 3 accredited High Performance Coach.

Judith Ungemach

WOMEN’S ELITE DEVELOPMENT

Olympic Gold & Bronze Medallist; World Champion. Coach, Mosman Women’s Development

Judith started rowing in 1981 at her home club SC Berlin in Germany after she was spotted by talent scouts at her local school. Three years later she won the first of her two Junior World Championship Gold Medals at the age of 16 in a quad and double. At 19, she converted to sweep rowing and was coached by Hartmut Buschbacher (coach of the unbeaten German Men’s Eight 2009-12) and Juergen Grobler (GB Head Coach since 1990, and the most successful elite coach of all time). Judith qualified for the German Women’s Eight in 1988, where she won Olympic Gold at the age of 20. A year later she moved to the pair and won World Championship Gold, ending a six-year winning streak of the favourites, Romania. The following years she rowed in the women’s four finishing third at the World Championships at Lake Barrington 1990 and Vienna 1991. Judith finished her career by stroking the German Women’s Eight to a Olympic Bronze Medal in Barcelona in 1992.

Beside the above highlights, she won 16 German Championships, Goodwill Games Gold in 1990 and University Games Gold in the pair and eight in 1987.

Since moving to Australia in 2003, Judith has coached at Loreto Kirribilli and is the current Head Coach at St Augustine’s College. At Mosman she has coached the Women’s Elite Development girls with growing success for one year and has been assigned to coach the 2015 NSW Women’s Youth Eight.

In 2016, Judith is taking the Australian Under 19 Women’s Quad Scull to the World Junior Championships in Rotterdam from August 21. The crew includes Mosman’s Ella Connaghan and Grace Galloway.

Judith is an NCAS level 3 accredited High Performance Coach.

Linda Read

JUNIORS COACH

Linda began teaching and coaching school students to row at Mosman Rowing Club in 2006, completing accreditation for Level 1 and Level 2 with Rowing NSW.
Realising the complex knowledge required to develop young talent from novice level, Linda undertook a Bachelor’s Degree, part-time at ACPE in Sports Coaching and Administration, and is currently in her final year.

The Talent Identification Programme structured by Linda at MRC recruits Year 8 students from non-rowing schools for a long term commitment to rowing. Initially those accepted into the program develop the technique of rowing in a learning style adapted for each individual, in a single scull. As a sound level of technical competency is reached in a single scull, progression follows to the junior squad.

The Junior Development Squad, coached by Linda is the first level in the rowing pathway at MRC.

Some of Mosman’s elite and junior high performance rowers who began their rowing careers with Linda include Rowena Meredith (silver medal in Women’s Under 23 Quad Scull, Plovdiv Bulgaria 2015 World Championships), Tom Schramko (10th Men’s double scull Plovdiv World Champs 2016), Bella Wells (medal at Capital Lakes in the Mosman Elite Women’s Under 19 coxed eight, Perth 2012). Grace Galloway and Ella Connaghan, currently rowing with Judith Ungemach in Development.

Bob Shirlaw

MOSMAN LIFE MEMBER (Olympic Silver Medallist; Australian Sculling Champion)

Bob Shirlaw is not only a former Olympic medallist and sculling champion – he is also the most successful schoolboy Head Coach in Australian history, first at Shore School for over 30 years and lately, at St. Joseph’s College.

Bob has agreed to return to Mosman to “coach the coaches”, to assist with our Talent ID program, and to coach selective promising scullers or crews. His acute eye, his experience and his affinity with schoolboy rowers will help the boys to achieve their potential and the Club to weld them into winning combinations and, we hope, long-term members!

Steve “Rocky” Gordon

COACH

Steve started rowing as a teenager at The Scots College in Sydney, joining Mosman RC in 1973. He raced at Maiden, Junior and Senior level with the Club achieving Victorian, N.S.W. and Australian Championships along the way, and retired from competitive rowing at the end of 1980.

During the 1980s he took up coaching and was accredited by the AIS. Steve successfully coached novice and lightweight crews for Mosman as well as school crews at The Scots College with many winning combinations at both Clubs.

After taking a break from rowing to raise his family, Rocky returned to the Club in 2000 to take up Masters Rowing in order to keep fit. Racing as a Master, Rocky enjoyed a successful run, winning at the club level, along with State and National Titles. Together with other members of our strong Masters’ squad, Rocky has had some wonderful moments on overseas campaigns at the World Masters Championships in Vichy, France and Zagreb, Croatia as well as the World Masters Games in Melbourne, Sydney and Edmonton and racing at Henley Veterans Regatta in the United Kingdom, winning many gold medals at these events.

Masters Coaching
In 2007 Rocky returned to coaching and is our Masters Coach. Since then Mosman has won the NSW Masters Pennant winning numerous local regattas as well as multiple gold, silver and bronze medals at State and National Masters Championships every year. In 2009 Mosman won 5 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals at the World Masters Games held in Sydney. In 2011 he coached the NSW Women’s State Masters Quad to victory in the inter-state race at the National Championships at Lake Barrington which was the only NSW crew to win a title. Our Mosman Masters highlights that year were the Women’s E Grade Quad successfully winning their event at the Masters State Championships for a record fifth year in a row and then at the World Masters Championships in Poznan, Poland Rocky watched on as our 10 Mosman representatives came home with 6 world Gold Medals.

Youth Coaching
Since 2011 Rocky has also been involved with and assisting in the coaching of the U19 girls and boys squads here at Mosman. In 2011 coaching with our Juniors Coach, Linda Reed our girls in the Winter Training Squad came home with the Kayser Shield and the Memorial Cup for the JB Sharpe Series. In 2012 coaching with our State, National and Olympic Head Coach, Nick Garratt and with only 4 boys in the squad, the U19 boys won the single, the double sculls and the coxed four event at the State Titles.

Rocky enjoys a challenge and coaches for the love of the sport.