The Rowing Club training camp in France over the Easter holidays has paid dividends with some great performances over the first few regattas of the year, including the Scottish and National Schools’ Regattas.
Katy McDonald (S5) had a remarkable few weeks, coming back from the National Schools’ Regatta in Nottingham with a gold medal, having won the girls' U16 double sculls event with her partner, Laura McDonald, and being placed fifth in the final of the U16 girls' single sculling event. Again at the Scottish Rowing Championships Katy stole the show (with three gold and one bronze medal), winning Women’s Intermediate, Open Junior and J16 double sculls with her partner Laura McDonald, and finishing third in the single sculls event.
Perhaps the most under-rated but important member of any boat club is the coxswain (or cox), but Rebecca Moore (S5) is certainly making a splash in that role. She has received an invitation, as one of only three coxes being considered from all of the schools and rowing clubs across GB, to the final trials in July to be considered as a cox for GB Junior World Championships or Coupe de la Jeunesse rowing teams. This is a huge achievement for Rebecca, who has worked conscientiously on her coxing skills for many years, and has already represented Scotland on three occasions.
Other notable performances at the National Schools’ Regatta came from James Stevenson and Oliver Fenton (both S5) who qualified for the finals of both the Championship pairs and the Championship coxless pairs. Oliver and James were placed sixth in both finals. Blair Ketteringham and Laurence Bialy (both S5) missed out on both finals by seven seconds as the fastest non-qualifiers in both cases. The J15 boys' quad scull of Euan Dickerson, Fergus Mainland (both S3), and Ben Carruthers and Alex Chisholm (both S4), coxed by Rebecca, had an excellent time trial, but were beaten in the semi-final.
At the Scottish Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Park our rowers did well. The senior boys’ coxless four – Laurence, Blair, James and Arseniy Morgunov (also S5) – picked up the Open Junior coxless fours and School fours medals; but missed out in the final of the Open Junior coxed four (with Oliver in place of Arseniy and cox, Rebecca). The U17 crew of Alasdair Watson, Struan Stewart, Arseniy (all S5) and Fergus Mainland (S3) won the Schoolboys’ fours, beating George Heriot’s easily in the final. The Senior quad scull of Struan, Alasdair, Arseniy and Jack Dryden (S6) won the School quads event, but finished third in Open Junior quad sculls.
The Senior girls also did well, with the U18 crew of Errin Gall, Katherine Aird, Isla Ferguson and Holly Cook (all S5) winning the girls’ Open quad sculls event, on top of Katy’s three golds and a bronze.
The U15 boys’ squad of Fergus, Euan, Lev Demianov (all S3) Ben and Alex (both S4) continued the great performances winning three golds, and a coming a close second in J15 coxed fours, winning the Schools’ U15 medal. Fergus finished third in the Single sculls event and there were second and third places for the other athletes in the doubles final.
The U15 girls crew of Catriona MacKinnon, Amy Holt, Monica Tandon and Lauren Cory, coxed by Julie McDonald (all S3) won the Schoolgirls’ U15 Coxed quad sculls.
Finlay Middlemiss and Aiden Poon (both S2) won the J13 double sculls event and the Schoolboys’ U14 double sculls.