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Aberdeen Rowers at Henley Royal Regatta

Posted: July 13th 2013

Rowers from University Rowing Aberdeen, a partnership between Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University and Scottish Rowing took part in the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta last week in glorious sunshine and in front of huge crowds.

Iona Riley and Lewis McCue from Robert Gordon University and Gary Wilson made the 530-mile trip south to compete in crews comprised of British rowers looking to make the Great Britain Under-23 rowing squad this summer. McCue and Wilson raced in the Ladies Challenge Plate, which despite the name is for male crews just below a senior international level and Riley raced in the Rememham Challenge Cup, an event for international-standard women's crews.

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ASRA Inter-schools Regatta

Posted: June 25th 2013

On Sunday 23rd June Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association organised and hosted the 5th Aberdeen Inter-Schools Regatta which sees the wet start crews from their schools project race against each other. All crews had a maximum of 10 weeks rowing experience and raced each other in coxed quads over a 300m distance. There were 49 wet start rowers representing 6 Aberdeen City and Shire schools whilst the 100+ ASRA members had the rare chance to represent their own school with 7 crews representing 17 schools racing in coxed quads.

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Scottish Success at the Samsung World Rowing Cup

Posted: June 24th 2013

Scotland's Polly Swann won a gold medal in the women’s pair rowing with Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover at the World Rowing Cup at Eton Dorney this weekend. It was a great regatta for the Scots with Sam Scrimgeour (LM2-) picking up gold as well as Alan Sinclair (M4-) and Imogen Walsh (LW2x) getting silver. A full report of all the weekend’s racing is available at:


Glasgow Schools Championships

Posted: June 24th 2013

The first Glasgow Schools Rowing Championships for over 30 years was held on the Clyde over a 500 metre course last Saturday. Ten schools took part in six events with championships being won by five different schools. In the invitation eights event guests Albyn School beat Glasgow Schools by half a length.

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Indoor Rowing Champs Pictures

Snapper Ron's plan for 2013 is to beat Willie Brown in the Mens Vet 1x at Scottish Champs. Unfortunately, the only thing that is foiling this plan is the disturbance of his training programmes due to having to spend time processing photographs.

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Scottish Rowing Sculling Camp/GB Rowing Team Sculling Festival

Posted: 20th June 2013

The Scottish Rowing performance team are running a sculling camp on the 10th/11th August at the Scottish Rowing Centre. The camp is open to J16+ athletes who have experience of racing in a single. This is a new camp aimed at supporting the development of our most promising athletes, with a focus on keeping them training throughout the summer months.

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More National Schools News

Posted: 30th May 2013

Glasgow Academy would like to congratulate all Scottish medallists at the National Schools Regatta and celebrate their own success in winning their first ever medal at the event, a silver in WJ14 doubles scull. The combination of India Somerside and Becky Nielson lost Gold by 3 secs to St Neots Rowing Club.


Scottish rowers step up to the challenge at World Rowing Cup

Posted: 28th March 2013

With Katherine Grainger, Heather Stanning and a number of other Olympic Champions missing as they contemplate their futures, a new look GB Rowing Team produced a performance at the opening 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Sydney, Australia, which bodes well for the future of the sport on the road to Rio 2016. Three Scots who didn't feature at London 2012 stepped up to the mark and recorded some impressive results as part of a strong British team performance which delivered four golds, a silver and two bronzes from 14 crews.

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ASRA in Belgium

Posted: 21st April 2013

At the Gent Spring International Regatta on the 13th and 14th April, crews from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association won 6 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals over the two days of the competition.

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Walsh leads Scots at GB Trials

Posted: 21st April 2013

Inverness' Imogen Walsh won today's GB Rowing Team trial, justifying her pre-event tag as favourite in the lightweight women's category, to set the mood for the Scottish contingent at the Redgrave-Pinsent Rowing Lake in Caversham, Reading. The 29-year-old, a world champion in 2011 in the lightweight women's quad scull, was an emphatic winner after building a strong lead through the middle of the race, finishing ahead of Ruth Walczak and early challenger Eleanor Piggott.

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Scots in GB World Cup Team

Three Scots are racing at the World Rowing Cup in Sydney from 22nd-24th March.  Polly Swann (George Heriots School RC/Edinburgh University BC) will race in the Women's pair and eight.  Alan Sinclair (Inverness RC/Aberdeen BC) will race in the Men's coxless four. Imogen Walsh (Inverness RC/Glasgow University BC/Clyde ARC) has been selected for the Women's lightweight double scull, having won her event at the February GB Trials.

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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