It is with great sadness that Rowing ACT advise of the passing of Life Member Dr Bob Porra last week.

Bob was a member of the Executive Committee of the ACT Rowing
Association from 1976 to 1984 as Honorary Secretary, Senior Vice
President and President (1980-81). 

He was a major contributor to
administration of rowing in the ACT across the full range of its
activities.  These contributions included a major review of the governance
of ACTRA leading to adoption of a new constitution and incorporation in
1977.  He took the lead in advancing well considered proposals for an
international standard 2000 metre rowing course on Jerrabomberra Creek and
negotiated improvements to rowing spectator areas associated with construction
of the Molonglo Parkway.  Bob was elected as a Life Member of Rowing ACT
in 1984.  

In addition to his service to ACTRA, Bob gave long service as a coach
to Canberra Grammar School achieving great success with coxed IV boats.
Bob’s name lives on in the Porra Cup, which is awarded to the winner of
the Men’s under-19 double scull at the ACT Championships.

The funeral is at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka at 1.30pm on Thursday May 23.

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