New boat boost for surf club

The Brunswick Heads Surf Club has a new competition rowing boat, which was christened recently. Sponsor Trish McCulloch of the Hotel Brunswick did the honours, naming it the Aaron Diehm. Mr Diehm reformed the boat crew some years ago and took the self-taught team into competitions which saw them in 2002 reach the Queensland and Australian Masters titles. It has a crew of four rowers, currently Aaron Diehm and his brother Shane, Craig Reid and Wayne King. The new sweep who replaces Barry Stewart is Stewart White, a sweep with a wealth of experience. If the boat is ultra light, so are the oars. Made of carbon fibre they are also highly priced at $900 each and the club has been fund raising for some time to buy them. President of the Surf Club Craig Reid said they had been rowing secondhand boats for years, but the brand new one was the pride of their fleet. Now with a new boat, new oars, a tight rowing four and an experienced sweep, all that's left is for them to get the results in competition when the new season starts at the end of this month.

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