UTS Haberfield Club Reopening
After an official opening in April by UTS Chancellor Professor Vicki Sara and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne, the club's oldest member, 102 year-old Vic Crum, took centre stage on Friday to cut the ribbon at the venue's grand opening.
Mr Crum has been a member of the club since the Great Depression and during his heyday was a dual state title winner.
The grand opening was also attended by a number of local, state and federal dignitaries, including the Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese, who unveiled a plaque dedicated to the late Mr Tom O'Sullivan, former CEO of ActivateUTS (UTS Union).
Also in attendance was Stuart Welch, a former UTS Rowing Club member and Olympian, who rowed at the club for 10 years. UTS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ross Milbourne's longstanding commitment to UTS Rowing Club was also acknowledged with a plaque dedicated to him, unveiled on the rowing sheds on the lower deck.
"The feedback we've received about the new club has been resoundingly positive," said UTS Haberfield Club General Manager, Damien Phelps. "Both current and new members have been astounded by the newly built clubhouse, with many looking forward to whiling away the hours at the club."
However, the celebrations didn't end there. The club's first public day of trading fell on a Saturday while Sunday saw the club throw open its doors to a curious public that had eagerly watched the construction as they pounded past on the Bay Run.
The feature of the day was a rowing regatta, including the race of races, "old boys" (former UTS rowers) versus the "new boys" (current UTS rowers).
While rowers took to the water, a number of UTS sports clubs bravely took on the drizzle and wet pavements to battle it out in the "Bay Run Relay", with the athletics club taking first place, the triathlon club a close second and the rowing club in third.
Despite the weather the day drew a crowd that turned out to cheer on the rowers and runners, offering encouragement from the warmth and relative dryness of the club's stunning balcony.
ActivateUTS CEO, Ms Liz Brett, hailed the club as a positive development for UTS and the greater community.
"The club is home to a world-class rowing facility and the newest NSW licensed club in more than 10 years, and it's all there for the UTS community. We've created a great platform for UTS and ActivateUTS to showcase our combined talents to the greater community, from elite athletes, to fantastic food and beverage offerings and not to mention a spectacular view."
The club features a new restaurant upstairs with alfresco dining overlooking Iron Cove, a kiosk on street level, perfect for those on the Bay Run, and the rowing facility on the lower level.
The club is easily accessible for students, staff and general public. The new light rail extension has made getting to the club even easier, with the North Leichhardt stop a short walk away.
The UTS Haberfield Club will be open daily, Monday to Friday 11.30am - 11pm, Saturday 7am - midnight and Sunday 7am - 10pm.