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Scottish Para Rower focusing on success at the Invictus Games

Posted: September 4, 2014

Scottish para rower Scott Meenagh is looking forward to one of the greatest challenges he has faced in his rowing career so far.

Scott, who was wounded in Afganistan while serving with the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, has been training at the Scottish Rowing Centre with coach John Blair for 14 months and is now ramping up to be part of the British team at the Invictus Games in London starting on September 10th.

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Commonwealth Rowing Championships Video

Posted: September 2, 2014

What were your favourite Commonwealth Rowing Championships memories? We had a video produced so you can have a look back and remember what a great weekend it was.

 

 

 

TRIO OF MEDALS FOR SCOTTISH ROWERS AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted: September 2, 2014

Article provided by GB Rowing Team Press office

Great Britain’s Scottish trio of Heather Stanning, Alan Sinclair and Sam Scrimgeour all won medals at the 2014 World Rowing Championships at the Bosbaan rowing lake in Amsterdam. The event came to its conclusion yesterday having started on the 24th.

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Commonwealth Rowing Championships - Photos Galore

Posted: August 22, 2014

Snapper Ron (the kilted photographer!) has published over a thousand pictures from the Commonwealth Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Park on the Committee of the Dee website.  He hopes people enjoy viewing them as much as he did taking them.

SIX SCOTS TO RACE FOR GB AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted: August 21, 2014

Scottish or Scotland-connected rowers Heather Stanning, Polly Swann, Alan Sinclair, Imogen Walsh, Sam Scrimgeour and Victoria Meyer-Laker have arrived in Amsterdam ahead of the World Rowing Championships which start on Sunday and run through to 31 August.

GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner and his Chief Coaches Jurgen Grobler and Paul Thompson underlined their confidence in this year’s personnel when selecting the national squad. The group selected has so far delivered 31 medals at World Cup and European level this season, 12 of them gold.

The trio named a largely-unchanged GB Rowing Team to compete at the World Championships, with 64 rowers (including spares) in 18 crews.

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Commonwealth Rowing Championships 2014 - Report

Posted: August 11, 2014

Scotland topped the medal table at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships held this weekend at Strathclyde Country Park.

Fourteen nations competed over two days in events over a 1500m and 500m course.  The Scottish team won nine gold medals, four silvers and two bronzes.  England were second on the table, with the same fifteen-medal medal total five golds, seven silvers and three bronzes, while Canada were third, with four golds, four silvers and five bronzes.  Wales and Australia each won one gold, with Wales also taking four silvers and five bronzes.  Northern Ireland took two bronze medals while Norfolk Islands lightweight sculler Simon Nola made history with his nation's first-ever medal - bronze in the 500 metre dash.


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Glasgow's Angus Groom (Leander) was the most successful athlete at the event, winning four golds - in open single sculls and sprint single sculls, before joining up with Lewis McCue (Robert Gordon's University) to win both the open and sprint double sculls categories.

Speaking after his single sculls win, Groom said, "I had a good start and was up about a length at 250 gone.  I knew it was going to be quite windy so I was just tapping it along using not too much energy and I was definitely under control." More generally, he added, "to be a Commonwealth champion is absolutely brilliant.  This is my first time representing Scotland at anything, so to do it on home waters is absolutely fantastic."

McCue took a third gold when he partnered Cameron Buchan from Denny - home from Northeastern University in the USA - to victory in the coxless pairs event.

Scottish mens team

Mens Team (l to r): Donald Evans, Lewis McCue, Angus Groom, Cameron Buchan, Tom Claxton, Kieran Brown

The Scottish women's quadruple sculls crew of Rebecca Lightfoot, Emma McDonald (both Glasgow University) and the Edinburgh duo of Katherine Douglas (Leander)  and Molesey's Karen Bennett won the first final of the event to set the tone.  Bennett and Douglas then partnered each other to gold in the women's pair event, as well as silver medals in double sculls.

Womens Quad

Women's Quad (l to r): Emma McDonald, Katherine Douglas, Karen Bennett, Rebecca Lightfoot

Leander's Donald Evans won lightweight single sculls and the Scottish gold medal haul was completed by the Edinburgh University duo of Tom Claxton and Kieran Brown, who won the lightweight coxless pairs sprint.  They also took silver in the full-distance pairs and double sculls events.

Edinburgh University's Georgina Grandfield came second to England in the women's single sculls category while the Scottish bronze medals were picked up by Emma McDonald in lightweight singles and McDonald again, this time partnered by Glasgow University's Rebecca Lightfoot, in lightweight double sculls.

Georgina Grandfield

Georgina Grandfield (left) receiving her Silver medal

Pippa Whittaker from Leander was the most successful English athlete, winning two golds and two silver medals, and she was generous in her praise for the event, saying, "it's all been very good here and very nicely organised."

The spirit of the regatta was summed up in the final race - an exhibition mixed eights event.  In conjunction with these Championships, Scottish Rowing had been running an "Inspire" programme for their talented junior athletes, who had been shadowing the senior team in their preparations as well as acting as the start team for the regatta.  They were released from stakeboat duties to race in a field that included an impromptu "Spirit of the Commonwealth" crew - a composite drawn from Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Vanuatu and Zambia, with a Scottish cox.  A delighted Welsh eight just held off a strong Scottish charge on the line to win, while after a fast start, the Scottish juniors held off the Commonwealth composite.

These Commonwealth successes follow hard on the heels of the Scottish record-breaking performances at the Home International Regatta in Cork two weeks earlier, and complete the most successful international season yet achieved by Scottish rowers.   Team manager Graeme Cunningham said, ""there is no doubt that Glasgow 2014 has had a massive impact on the team. The athletes have rowed with pride and belief to produce Scotland's best ever performance at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships.  It has been an exciting regatta but we see this as the beginning of a journey that will propel these athletes to the very top of the sport."

Submitted by Mike Haggerty

Commonwealth Rowing Championships Results

Commonwealth Rowing Championships 2014 - Results

Posted: August 10, 2014

The Commonwealth Rowing Championships were held at Strathclyde Park this weekend.  With 14 nations taking part,  the weekend saw some closely fought, competitive racing.  Scotland topped the final medal table with a fantastic 9 golds and a total of 15 medals.  England were second with 5 golds and 15 medals overall and Canada were third.  The full results and medal table are available to view on the link below.  A full race report and race times will follow.  

Commonwealth Rowing Championships Results

ASDA Active & Active East Initiative

Posted: July 29, 2014

Scottish Rowing joined ASDA Active and Active East in Glasgow last Friday 25th July to celebrate the Commonwealth Games with young people in Glasgow. 

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SIX SCOTS IN GB SQUAD FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted: July 17, 2014

GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner and his Chief Coaches Jurgen Grobler and Paul Thompson have today underlined their confidence in a national squad which has so far delivered 31 medals at World Cup and European level this season, 12 of them gold.

The trio named a largely-unchanged GB Rowing Team to compete at the World Championships in Amsterdam next month of 66 rowers (including spares) in 19 crews.

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GB French Match Report

Posted: July 16, 2014

It was a 100% record for the three Scottish Boats that represented Great Britain at the GB French Match in Nantes last weekend. Following last year’s whitewash in London the French were determined to make amends and the Scottish crews came up against some of the top French boats.

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FIVE SCOTS SELECTED AS PART OF THE GB ROWING TEAM FOR WORLD UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted: July 15, 2014

FIVE Scottish rowers have been selected as part of a 50-strong GB Rowing Team squad of up and coming rowers that will travel to Varese, Italy, for the World Under-23 Rowing Championships taking place there from July 23-27.

The 50 rowers will compete across 13 boat categories and the Championships will provide them with a chance to impress on the world stage and to follow in the footsteps of a number of former GB winners who are now permanent fixtures in the senior squad.

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SCOTS SUCCESSFUL FOR GB ROWING TEAM IN LUCERNE

Posted: July 14, 2014

The Scottish quintet of Heather Stanning, Imogen Walsh, Polly Swann, Sam Scrimgeour and Alan Sinclair all brought home medals from World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland following Sunday’s finals.

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Queens Baton Relay

Posted: July 14, 2014

On Friday July 18th the Loch Lomond Rowing Club will be transporting the Queen's Baton across Loch Lomond as part of the relay building up to the Commonwealth Games. The baton will be carried in an 8 by Scottish Rowing Vice President Martin Claxton from Drumkinnon Bay to Balloch Park jetty at 16.30.

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