Aberdeen’s universities invest in High Performance Rowing Coach
Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen have appointed a full-time professional High Performance Rowing Coach to nurture and support the next generation of rowing talent for Scotland and Great Britain. Supported by Scottish Rowing and sportscotland, the Aberdeen Head of Performance Rowing will be responsible for leading on the day-to-day coaching and training programme with a focus on identifying and developing talented athletes to an Under 23 international standard. 34-year-old Michael Hughes arrives in Aberdeen following a hugely successful 3 years coaching at Newcastle University, one of the leading rowing programmes in the country, where he had specific responsibility for recruitment and talent development.
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Rower Roz Savage to share her story in talks around Scotland
Roz Savage holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.
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Castle Semple Thames Row
Two Castle Semple members who are proposing to row the length of the Thames in order to raise funds for British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society, which is a charity which promotes research into the eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, RP. RP affects the light receptors at the back of the eye causing them to die off which in turn results in creeping blindness because light signals do not reach the brain from the retina. John McKinney, who is one of Scottish Rowing's much loved umpires is joining fellow Lifelong Castle Semple Rowing club member David McMillan who suffers from this condition in this adventure.
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