NAME: Emily Stirling
LIVES: Bonbeach (Melbourne)
YEARS IN ROWING: Four
OCCUPATION: Firefighter (MFB)
BEST ROWING RESULT: Aussie Final (Waratah Beach 99) and Two Victorian Champs
FAMILY MEMBERS: Youngest of threes. Older brother and sister.
Movie: Dirty Dancing
TV Show: Grey's Anatomy
Music/Band: Laura Marling
One thing you cannot live without: Mum
Specialty in the kitchen: Garlic Bread
Pets : Dog
Sports outside or surf boat rowing: Basketball/Netball/Tennis
NAME: Lara Jeffery
YEARS IN ROWING: 5th surfboat season, 6 years on the river BRONZE MEDALLION: 2003
OCCUPATION: ICU Nurse
One thing you may not know about me is: I'm a Star Trek geek, and I own a Hattori Hanso (sword from Kill Bill)
Greatest Achievement in Sport: World Title in Italy in 2004 (For the journey as much as the win). Also Winning 2008 Vic Title due to the extreme bad luck of the year before 2nd.
Greatest Achievement in Life: I am the smartest woman in the world because I married who I did, it's an achievement to choose the right person. Also travelling, living, working overseas.
Family Involvement in Sport: my husband is the official Jan Juc Boatie Bitch
Surfboat Racing to me is: All consuming and enriched my life and one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done
The hardest thing about boat rowing is: The time it takes me away from my family and friends.
Best place you’ve ever been to and why? Viareggio, Italy - the food, culture, the vespa's and the great company. Also Christmas in Denmark for family, snow and fairy lights.
Goal for the 2008 : To make it to top 6 at Aussies then it's game on. You make it that far and anyone could and deserves to win it!
Best Rowing Results: 2x Victorian Titles (2004 & 2008)
1st Wold titles Viareggio Italy 2004
2 x Top 8 Aussies (2006 & 2007)
NAME: Birte Knaus
YEARS IN SURBOAT ROWING: 2nd full season (1st season was in 2000 with Northcliffe)
YEARS IN STILL WATER ROWING: 4 years - sculling.
OCCUPATION: Marketing Executive at Concept2
OTHER INTERESTS/HOBBIES: cycling, travelling, reading, being active and outdoors.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Good steak on barbie with salad
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Star Wars (original)
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Scrubs
WHY SURFBOATS WIN OVER RIVER BOATS: The adrenalin rush when going over waves and trailing, the team environment, the social aspect and the ability to train hard, do well and still have a life.
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE QUOTES IS: Believe in yourself and in your plan....say not, I cannot; but, I can....the prizes of life we fail to win because we doubt the power within.
GOAL FOR THE 2008: To make it to the finals at Aussies and row to our best ability.
NAME: Jess Stirling
YEARS IN ROWING: 9
LIVES: Clayton South (Melbourne)
OCCUPATION: Firefighter (MFB)
BEST ROWING RESULT: 2 x Australian Final (Waratah Beach 99, Fairhaven 06)
4 x Victorian Champs
FAMILY MEMBERS: Older Brother, Younger Sister
Food: Thai Food
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
TV Show: Greys Anatomy
Music/Bands: John Butler Trio, Pearl Jam, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Dandy Warholes, Pete Murray, Norah Jones…
Sporting team: Fairhaven 31B's
Athlete: Bridie O'Donnell (Cyclist)
One thing you cannot live without: My mum
Specialty in the kitchen: Pavlova
Pets: 2 Fox Terriers
Hobbies: Travel, Entertaining, Gardening, Home Renovation's!
Sports outside or surf boat rowing: Everything & anything!
Last concert/gig you went to: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
NAME: Scott Tannahill
YEARS IN ROWING: 30
• Australian & Victorian Surf Lifesaver of the Year 1993
• Reserve Surfboat Aust Gold 96&'97 (Sweep)
• 2004 Vic State Titles 4 Gold Medals Open Men's, Open Women's, U21 Surfboat & Lifesaver Relay (Sweep)
• Open Women's World Surfboat Champions Viareggio Italy 2004 (Sweep)
• Wave ski surfing