Q - Power

Indoor Rowing Team


After a mis-spent youth attempting triathlon, mountain biking, and surf swimming, Alister was convinced to row by a few uni mates who dragged him in with the tempting phrase, "you're big, you're dopey, and you like early mornings.  Have we got a sport for you!".  After a few years of having fun, including a semi-final appearance at Henley, he decided to trial for the Australian National team in both sweep and sculling boats.

In spite of ending up as one of the quicker scullers and pair rowers in the country, he was never quite able to manage the knack of seat racing or injury prevention and had to be content with a few on-water and ergo National Championships, and stints at the Australian Institute of Sport and Victorian Institute of Sport.

Finishing the trialling process with a final-round elimination from the 2008 Olympic team, he moved to England in 2009, winning the Britannia Challenge Cup for Tideway Scullers in 2010, and making the final and breaking a course record in the Quadruple Sculls in 2011.  On returning to Australia, work and university overtook him, but he still managed to find time to set a new (sliders-aided) 2k PB of 5:55, and represent Melbourne University at the Australian Universities Boat Race and at Henley.

So, why Q-power? 

"I've been impressed firstly by the results achieved, and by the team spirit and passion displayed by all in the team. I'm also glad to be a part of a program with such a long-term focus, as I will be returning to England in 2015, and will be returning to high-level erg and on-water competition. 

Basically, I reckon there's still a lot of life in the ol' dog yet.  I'm positive that I never reached the limits of my physiology, and that as I get ready to move back to England and return to high-level erg and water competition, the training philosophy and strong team atmosphere of Q-Power provides the best means of achieving it."
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