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Row AHEAD boat naming ceremony

[Posted: 7 Jul 2015]

Boat Naming Ceremony champagne

The Curtin University Boat Club (CUBC) and Curtin AHEAD blessed the first fleet of boats to be used by Clontarf Aboriginal College students in the Row AHEAD program in a boat naming ceremony on Friday 26 June.

Curtin AHEAD donated the boats to the students, which were named using traditional Noongar words such as Widjin (black cormorant), Moordidjabiny (becoming strong), Kwadjet Koorl (moving forward) to acknowledge the shared traditions of the boat club, the Row AHEAD program and the Curtin University motto respectively.

Curtin University Chancellor Colin Beckett was joined by Ben Wyatt MLA and CUBC founder Con Stacey to bless the boats with traditional verse and the breaking of a champagne bottle.

Participants in the Row AHEAD program are the first all-Indigenous Eight to row in the WA All Schools Championships, the highest level of competition reached for an Indigenous team, according to Rowing Australia.