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News

Short Sharp Sprints Success

Posted: 22 September 2020

The University of St Andrews Boat Club held their annual sprint regatta on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of September, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the club decided to think outside the box and hold the event as a virtual competition.

The event had 82 entries from 21 clubs around the UK, as well as individual overseas competitors from Australia to Myanmar getting involved to raise money in aid of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMh). Like Scottish Rowing, The University of St Andrews Boat Club is a signatory of the SAMH Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport. The Regatta Committee wanted to highlight the important work of SAMH, particularly given the recent effects of the pandemic and lockdowns on the nations’ mental health.

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Scottish Rowing Winter Webinar Series

Posted: 16 September 2020

Scottish Rowing is delighted to announce our new Winter Webinar Series.  Following our Summer Webinar Series where we hosted Robin Williams, Scottish Rowing Performance Programme lead coaches and a Scottish Olympian's panel with Katherine Grainger, Heather Stanning and Dot Roberts, we are looking forward to delivering a range of speakers and content to add value to your Scottish Rowing membership in the coming weeks and months.

The Scottish Rowing Winter Webinar Series will comprise of 9 sessions delivered by three renowned experts from September 2020 to March 2021.  We are delighted that for the first time we will host European Champion and GB Olympic silver medal winning cox from Rio 2016 Zoe de Toledo for a trio of coxing webinars, focussed on how to improve coxing skill and performance.  These sessions will provide insights from Zoe’s experience at the top level of the sport, which will be beneficial for coaches and coxes alike across the Scottish Rowing community.


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COVID-19 Route Map Update – Guidance for Rowing

Posted: 21 August 2020

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement on Thursday 20th August, Scottish Rowing is delighted to publish Version 3 of the Phase 3 Guidance for Rowing which allows for the welcome return to rowing in crew boats from 24th August for adults and juniors.  This will enable many more rowers to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active on the water.

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Scottish Rowing secures funding for third cohort of Coaching Futures programme

Posted: 12 August 2020

Rowing is one of nine Scottish sports which will benefit from the Coaching Futures programme after Scottish Rowing secured investment from sportscotland for the successful performance athlete to coach apprenticeship programme.

The programme aims to utilise the experience of performance athletes and create opportunities for them to transition into coaching roles. The two year, full-time, apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ by focusing on the development of coaching practice. The apprentice coach will benefit from a comprehensive personal development plan and support from experienced coaches and qualified coach developers.

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From the Tay to Australia: Coaching with Gippsland Grammar

Posted: 3 August 2020

Written by Dundee University Boat Club alumna Eleanor Brinkoff

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"As the end of final year loomed and fellow 4th years were scrambling to find post grad schemes, jobs and masters I realised that whilst I didn’t have any plans for after graduation, I knew that I wasn’t too keen on entering the real world just yet. A gap year job coaching rowing 10,000 miles away seemed like an ideal way to prolong freedom and the perfect chance to recharge after 4 years of university. Fast-forward 4 months; I had a degree under my belt and whilst walking down the Henley-on-Themes tow path I got the call to say I had the job! After a quick month of goodbyes and celebrations, I boarded a flight destined for Melbourne - 40 jet lagged hours later I arrived in Sale, my home for the next year.

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COVID-19 Route Map – Phase 3 Guidance for Rowing

COVID-19 Route Map – Phase 3 Guidance for Rowing V2 Published 31st July 2020 

Following the First Minister’s statement on Thursday 30th July, Scottish Rowing is pleased to publish updated guidance for rowing during Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Route Map.  This guidance is effective from 31st July and is available here: https://bit.ly/2Pappa7.

The key changes are as follows:

  • Coaching: From 3rd August, sports coaches can meet with more than four households in a single day.  The limits on group size in a session remain unchanged.
  • Self-isolationIndividuals displaying COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate for 10 days (increased from 7 days previously). 
  • Shielding: Shielding will be paused from 1stAugust.At that point those currently shielding can follow the general Guidance for Rowing

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Coach Highlight - John Higson

Posted: 20 July 2020

John Higson, Assistant Head of Rowing at Edinburgh University Boat Club

I’ve been asked to write a piece about me, my coaching, or “whatever I want really” so, in a throwback to 10 years or more ago when I last wrote an ‘essay’ I’ve sat down with my laptop and found two very key components for inspiration.  Kevin Costner, and a sports film. 

I learned to row at Edinburgh University and it is in those early formative years in the sport that I believe the foundations and principles for my coaching career were embedded, not that I knew it at the time.  While studying at the university I cannot say that I had much of an idea of what I was looking to go into as a career/job and coaching never really featured on my radar.  I often therefore get asked how I got into coaching.
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Global Pride Month 2020

Posted: 26 June 2020

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Global Pride provides an opportunity for the LGBTQcommunity around the world to come together and celebrate diversity and equality during these challenging times. As signatories of the Scottish LGBT Charter for Sport, Scottish Rowing are committed to supporting individuals within the LGBTQ+ community and highlighting the importance of representation within our clubs and our sport. We are delighted to share the following three stories from our members:

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Reflections - Henley Women’s Regatta by Lee Boucher – Head of Performance Pathway

Posted: 20 June 2020

This weekend should have seen the return of Henley Women’s Regatta featuring more than 1,500 rowers from across the UK and around the world.  In recent years, this has become an increasingly popular competition for Scottish clubs, with rowers enjoying the opportunity to compete on the world-famous regatta course and test themselves against the best in the country.

For the last two years, Scottish Rowing has worked with our clubs to facilitate opportunities for junior rowers from across Scotland to come together and enjoy the ‘Henley experience’.  Whilst some of our clubs have sufficient numbers and depth to field their own crews, for many junior programmes in Scotland this opportunity isn’t always possible, and these projects have been crucial for bringing people together.

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Scottish Rowing - Update following First Minister's Statement

Posted: 18 June 2020

Scottish Rowing is pleased to be able to provide an update on the proposals for a phased return to sport following the First Minister’s Statement today, 18th June 2020. 

As a sport we recognise and promote the benefits of rowing for physical and mental wellbeing and in particular the benefits of being outdoors and we welcome the progression to Phase 2 and the publication of updated guidelines for the return to physical activity. 

The Phase 2 changes announced by the Scottish Government today will be introduced in stages rather than all at once.  As of today, we have updated our current guidance to reflect only the changes in the Scottish Government guidelines relating to seeing family and friends.  This guidance will take effect from tomorrow (19th June) and is available on our website.

A number of other changes to the guidelines were announced which will take effect from the 29th June.  We are reviewing these and if necessary will update our own guidance setting out the conditions under which rowing can take place in Phase 2 to ensure participants who are able to row can do so safely and in accordance with the Scottish Government guidelines.  Once this review is complete, we will publish our updated advice for clubs. 

It is vital that as a sport we continue to support the wider public health agenda by taking a gradual and socially responsible approach to our phased return to rowing and the continued support of the rowing community in this is much appreciated.

Please note that you should continue to follow the current published Scottish Rowing Guidance.

Scottish Rowing appoints Steve O’Connor to revitalise Rowing Centre at Strathclyde Park

Posted: 16 June 2020

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Scottish Rowing is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve O’Connor as the new Business Manager for the Scottish Rowing Centre. In this role Steve will be responsible for maximising the potential of Scottish Rowing's recently upgraded rowing training facility at Strathclyde Park in North Lanarkshire through building sustainable local partnerships, community outreach programmes and commercial opportunities as well as enabling access for club and performance rowers.

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Olympic Silver Medallist Karen Bennett Athlete Highlight

Posted: 15 June 2020

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There has been plenty of time to reflect on things recently. I’ve taken the time to think and briefly write about my time in the GB rowing team in the build up to the Rio Olympics.

In May 2015 I managed to get invited to train with the GB Womens team. That summer I gained a lot of experience racing, as a spare pair at 2 World Cups then a 4- at the World Championships where I won a silver medal. Coming back after the Worlds in 2015 I was very aware it was going to be an extremely tough year to get myself into an Olympic boat. There were a lot of strong and talented women around. The 8+ had placed 4th at the 2015 World Championships which meant they qualified the boat for the Olympics. I knew there was scope for me in that boat and that was the goal.

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