Rowing for Scotland
The Scotland Rowing Team continues to represent a significant opportunity for Scottish Rowing to support athletes on the performance pathway. In 2017, eleven of the twelve Scottish rowers selected to represent Great Britain at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, USA, had earlier in their rowing careers represented the Scotland Rowing Team at either the Home International Regatta or the Commonwealth Rowing Championships.
Scottish Rowing will continue to place a strong emphasis on the Home International Regatta as an athlete development opportunity for those on the performance pathway. After raising the standard of performances in the senior team in recent years, Scottish Rowing has aspirations to support improved performances across the junior team and this will form part of the junior development strategy.
Home International Regatta
The Home International Regatta (HIR) is an annual challenge match between Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. The Scotland Rowing Team, which actually comprises four separate teams (Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men and Junior Women) are selected annually and compromises approximately 60 athletes and 10 coaches and support staff. The HIR provides an opportunity for Scottish Rowers to gain their first taste of international competition. 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist, Dame Katherine Grainger and 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist Karen Bennett are both veterans of the regatta as is Sir Chris Hoy before making his switch to cycling.
In bringing the most talented athletes and coaches in Scotland together on a regular basis, Scottish Rowing promotes collaboration between clubs and athletes while nurturing a culture of healthy competition, thus ensuring that the Scotland Rowing Team can be as successful as possible.
The 2020 Home International Regatta will be hosted by Wales at Strathclyde Park on Saturday 25th July 2020.
The Scotland Rowing Team Selection Policy for the 2020 Home International Regatta is now available:
Athletes and coaches wishing to be considered for the team are asked to read the selection policy carefully, especially as there are a number of key changes to the policy this year. See Home International Regatta announces exciting new race format article for more details.
Athletes wishing to be considered for the Scotland Rowing Team in 2020 are required to complete the online registration by no later than Monday 4th May 2020.
All coaches interested in working with the Scotland Rowing Team should complete the online registration process at the earliest opportunity if they have not already done so.
Any questions relating to the Scotland Rowing Team should be addressed to Graeme Cunningham, Scotland Rowing Team Manager (email@example.com) or Lee Boucher, Scottish Rowing Head of Performance Pathway (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further information about the regatta can be found at Home International Regatta
Athletes are able to appeal selection decisions under certain circumstances - the appeals process is outlined in the selection policy.