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News

Autumn Challenge Cancelled

Posted: 16 September, 2021

Despite having good feedback on the exciting new event format there were not sufficient clubs entered to deliver quality competition. We are disappointed to have to announce the cancellation of the Autumn Challenge but look forward to seeing our clubs and members competing again at the various events offered in the 2021-22 season. For more details on the upcoming calendar please visit the Calendar page.

Kim hits the ground running in rowing ‘Coaching Futures’ role

Posted: September 14, 2021

Kim Murray joined the Scottish Rowing performance team earlier this summer, the third rowing coach since 2013 deployed in Scotland thanks to ‘Coaching Futures’ investment from sportscotland and the first employed directly by Scottish Rowing.

Read more: Kim hits the ground running in rowing ‘Coaching Futures’ role

COVID-19 Update from Scottish Rowing

Posted: 3 September 2021

Recent months have seen a much welcome return to more normal rowing activity.  However, you will no doubt be aware that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been rising sharply following the recent easing of lockdown restrictions.

Throughout the pandemic, rowing clubs and rowers have played a crucial role in the previous efforts to supress the spread of COVID-19 and demonstrated amazing commitment to being part of the nation’s long-term recovery.  The Scottish Government is, once again, asking sport to play its part in helping stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global health pandemic.

Read more: COVID-19 Update from Scottish Rowing

Scottish Rowing Annual General Meeting - 10th October 2021

Posted: 25 August 2021

The Scottish Rowing AGM will take place on Sunday 10th October 2021. 

In light of the success of the online meeting last year, it is currently the intention to hold a similar online meeting this year.  As always, clubs will be entitled to send two representatives to the meeting or to appoint a proxy.  Details of how to do this and how to attend the virtual meeting will be included with the formal notice of the meeting.

Club committees are asked to submit any formal business for the meeting to the Scottish Rowing administrator by 9th September in accordance with the Article 9.6 of the Articles of Association (see below).  Nominations from clubs for Board positions should also be received by this date.   Formal notice of the meeting will be given no later than 18th September.

Read more: Scottish Rowing Annual General Meeting - 10th October 2021

Scottish Rowing Performance Programme Athlete Nominations | 2021-22 Season

Posted: August 16, 2021

The Scottish Rowing Performance Programme provides targeted support to the leading Scottish rowers who have both the potential and drive to represent the GB Rowing Team at under 23 and senior level.

Scottish Rowing is now inviting expressions of interest from those athletes who meet the programme eligibility and performance standard as outlined below and wish to be considered for a place on the programme for the 2021-22 season.

Read more: Scottish Rowing Performance Programme Athlete Nominations | 2021-22 Season

Record Scottish contingent set for Henley Royal Regatta

Posted: 10 August 2021

This week sees the return to racing on the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta course after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 event.

A record total of 11 Scottish club crews have qualified across 9 events with many other Scottish rowers representing rowing clubs from across the globe.

Read more: Record Scottish contingent set for Henley Royal Regatta

Scottish Rowing interview with U23 world champion Miles Beeson

Posted: 28 July 2021

At the recent World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Račice, Czech Republic, Aberdeen’s Miles Beeson won a gold medal as part of the Great Britain’s men’s eight.

The 20-year-old, formerly of ASRA and who now studies at Yale University in the USA, was competing at his third age-group world championships after a silver medal in 2019 (JM4-) and a 7th place finish in 2018 (with fellow Aberdonian Robert Powell in the JM2-).

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The Scot spoke exclusively to Scottish Rowing about his experience at these championships and his plans for the future.

Read more: Scottish Rowing interview with U23 world champion Miles Beeson

Tokyo 2020 Preview

Posted:  22 July 2021

Team GB’s rowers take to the water at the Sea Forest Waterway on Friday morning (local time) for the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Regatta and everyone at Scottish Rowing is looking forward to getting behind the team.

A record eight Scottish rowers will represent Team GB at these Olympics as part of a 41-strong British team.  The GB team will be looking to build upon best-ever performances at both London 2012 and Rio 2016 where Scottish rowers including Heather Stanning, Katherine Grainger, Karen Bennett and Polly Swann took their place on the podium.

Read more: Tokyo 2020 Preview

British Rowing Offshore & Beach Sprints Championships 2021

Posted: 23 July 2021

The University of St Andrews Boat Club (UStABC) took part in their first ever coastal competition at the weekend.  They sent us this report of their experiences from the British Rowing Offshore and Beach Sprints Championships in Exmouth.

Read more: British Rowing Offshore & Beach Sprints Championships 2021

Global Pride Month 2021 - Sam Winton

Posted: 17 June, 2021

For Global Pride Month 2021 we introduce you to Scottish Rowing Board Member, athlete at St Andrews University BC and founder of Here for Sport, Sam Winton.

Sam took up rowing in 2018 at the University of St Andrews, before becoming the Development Officer in 2020. He has now joined the Executive Committee as the Volunteering and Engagement Officer for Saints Sport. Prior to arriving at St Andrews, he had been heavily involved in outreach programs across the West Midlands, working in a variety of schools. He used this experience to restart the Boat Club’s community engagement project around Loch Ore, working with Scottish Rowing to increase participation within the virtual school's league.

In 2019 he founded Here For Sport, a social enterprise which works with under-represented communities and groups to address barriers to participation within sport. He aims to make all sport more inclusive and diverse.

We asked Sam a few questions about rowing and what this Global Pride Month means to him.

Read more: Global Pride Month 2021 - Sam Winton

Junior Summer Regatta - Successful return to competition

Posted: 16 June, 2021

It had been a long 615 days since the last ‘on-the-water' rowing competition had taken place at Strathclyde Park so, with a lot of excitement, 210 rowers from 12 clubs around Scotland pulled on their lycra one-pieces and turned up to compete at the 2021 Junior Summer Regatta on Saturday the 5th of June. It wasn’t just fun for the competitors – coaches, umpires and volunteers had all been looking forward to the return to rowing.

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Competition is Back!

Posted: 11 June, 2021

Following Scottish Rowing’s successful Junior Summer Regatta on 5th June – we are excited to announce more competition opportunities for your rowing calendar!

Read more: Competition is Back!

Record Nine Rowers Selected for Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

Posted: 9 June 2021

The British Olympic Association has today announced a 45-strong rowing team, including a record nine Scottish athletes, to represent Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Six of the nine Scottish rowers will be competing at their first Olympics whilst the team also features three returning Olympians including Rio silver medallists Karen Bennett and Polly Swann.

Read more: Record Nine Rowers Selected for Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

Scottish Rowing Performance Programme: Rowing in a Pandemic 

Posted: 14 May 2021

Whilst Scotland’s leading rowers on the GB Rowing Team prepare for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics this summer, closer to home the next generation of talented athletes have been training hard towards their own long-term goals as part of the Scottish Rowing Performance Programme.

Since October, the twelve athletes who make up this season’s Scottish Rowing Performance Programme contingent have been training in person, as per Scottish Government rules allowing for the continuation of performance and professional sport.  Under this special dispensation, the athletes have been able to travel to and from training and have had access to indoor and outdoor facilities at approved venues.

Read more: Scottish Rowing Performance Programme: Rowing in a Pandemic