Strathclyde Park Rowing Club made waves at the Scottish Rowing Spring Regatta last month.
It was almost back to normal for the Scottish rowing community at the park on April 23 and 24, with races held in bright but windy conditions on the eight-lane international course.
The Strathclyde Park Rowing Club fielded competitors in almost every class of boat, from eight, coxed and coxed quad, coxed quad, coxless quad, double scull and single couple, in many age categories and experience levels.
In the coxed Open Novice Quads, McGrory father and son – Thomas and Dominic – found themselves in different crews, with the juniors reaching the ‘A’ final and winning the Novice title, while the seniors finished second in the ‘B final. ‘. .
In the J18 women’s double sculls, Skye Lee teamed up with a colleague from Stirling Rowing Club and were the fastest team in the time trial on the 2000m course, earning them a place in the “A” final, which won them the title. .
There were other medals for the master women’s quadruple crew of Mary O’Toole, Rachel Tennant, Liz McGovern and Ailie Ord.
Gillian Connal also teamed up with friends at St Andrew’s Boat Club to win the Women’s Masters Eight title.
On Sunday, in slightly better conditions, Gillian Connal and Martha Walsh, Ivana Safarik and Paul Hubens won 1st and 2nd place in the women’s master duos, and a third for Juan Anza in the open masters single sculls.
Ivana Safarik, Paula Hubens, Gillian Connal, Ailie Ord and coxswain Nia Struthers also had a victory in the coxed master women’s quad, and a silver medal in the master women’s double for Mary O’Toole and Wing Ord.
Also rowing sculls were Jack Fagan, who finished second in the “B” final on the 1000m course, and junior member Finlay Morton, who won the “E” final.
SPRC fielded four crews across the age groups in the women’s sculls 1,000m races. Club honors went to juniors Emma Ferguson and Maya Franks, who took silver in the Novice competition.
In their first race, seniors Olivia Paisley and Katrina Miller had a draw against the WJ14 team, who beat them by just 0.7 seconds in the ‘C’ final.
Meanwhile, further south, British Rowing Start athlete Josh Matthews competed in the UK Rowing Team Under-19 Trials regatta in Nottingham and came second in the time trial. shows 1x under 19 in disruptive and windy conditions.
Later in the day, when the course was shortened to 1000m, Josh finished fourth in a hotly contested field.
The next step in the testing process for Josh will be crew training for the U19 World Championships in July.
The following weekend, several athletes from the SPRC Start program achieved further success at the British University Championships (BUCS).
Representing the University of Edinburgh, Perri McCluskey won gold medals in the Women’s Single Sculls and Quadruple Sculls Championships, and finished fourth in the Single Sculls Championship.
Mike Simpson, who also competed in all three sculling events of the championship, finished fifth in the singles, fourth in the doubles and won a spectacular bronze medal in the quadruple sculls.
Olivia Bell also won bronze in the women’s intermediate sculls.
All of this led to the University of Edinburgh finishing second in the women’s and winning the men’s and combined Victor Ludorum (regatta winners).
The club wants to recruit new members and organizes learn-to-row courses for juniors and seniors.
If you would like to join the club, visit their website www.strathclydeparkrc.org.uk and apply via the ‘contact’ menu.
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