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

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.

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

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.

Read more: Olympic Silver Medallist Karen Bennett Athlete Highlight

Scottish Rowing Q&A Series Part 3: Olympians

Posted: 12 June 2020

In the latest instalment of the Scottish Rowing Q&A Series we are joined by three Scottish Rowing icons, who collectively have represented Great Britain at every Olympic Games dating back to Barcelona 1992.

Join Lee Boucher and guest host, Scottish Rowing Board member and Olympian Dot Roberts (1992, 1996, 2000) as we speak with Olympians Dame Katherine Grainger DBE (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and Heather Stanning OBE (2012, 2016) about their experiences taking up and progressing through the sport, what it is like competing on the world stage and how they have been adjusting to life after rowing on Monday 15th June 7pm.

The Q&A will be held via Zoom for members that sign up through the Azolve membership system, you will receive an invitation by email. The session will also be streamed live on the Scottish Rowing Facebook page.

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What is Scottish Rowing doing to promote diversity and inclusion?

Posted: 11 June 2020

Following recent anti-racist campaigns online and protests across the UK we have been asked by some of our clubs what Scottish Rowing is doing to promote diversity and inclusion in our sport and felt it was important to answer this question and share the response with all our members.

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Scottish Rowing Covid-19 Update – First Minister’s Statement 28th May 2020

Posted: 28 May, 2019

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Scottish Rowing welcomes the First Minister’s announcement that Scotland is now moving to Phase 1 of the route map and in particular the inclusion of the extension to the current daily exercise guidelines to include certain outdoor sport activities.

We have been working closely with sportscotland and other Scottish Governing bodies of sport to work up our plans for how rowing activities can return as the lockdown eases and will continue to work closely with them over the coming weeks.

We are now able to publish our detailed guidance for Phase 1 which sets out the conditions under which rowing can take place and ensures participants who are able to row can do so safely and in accordance with the Scottish Government Guidelines. This Guidance can be found on our Covid-19 Phase 1 Guidance page.

Read more: Scottish Rowing Covid-19 Update – First Minister’s Statement 28th May 2020

Covid-19 Update - Scottish Rowing statement following First Minister's Announcement- 21st May 2020

Posted:  21 May 2020

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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 and welcomes the publication of “Covid-19:  A Framework for Decision Making, Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis”.

Read more: Covid-19 Update - Scottish Rowing statement following First Minister's Announcement- 21st May 2020

Obituary

Posted: 19 May 2020

Scottish Rowing is sad to report the death of Martin Cowie on 4th May in London where he had lived for a number of years. 

Martin learned to row at Nithsdale ARC and represented the Scotland Rowing Team at the 1999 Home International Regatta in the JM2- and JM4-. He went on to attend Heriot Watt University and played a key role in development of the boat club in the early 2000s.

Scottish Rowing Backs UK Anti-Doping's Call for Additional Anti-Doping Education

Posted: 18 May 2020

Olympic silver medallist, Karen Bennett,and Scottish Rowing are supporting UK Anti-Doping’s ‘Clean in Quarantine’ campaign as part of Clean Sport Week 2020.

The campaign, now in its fourth year, is being supported by a range of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), sports organisations and UK sports stars, who are taking part in several online activities focusing on anti-doping education throughout the week, 18-24 May 2020. 

Read more: Scottish Rowing Backs UK Anti-Doping's Call for Additional Anti-Doping Education

COVID-19 - An update from the Chief Operating Officer

Posted: 11 May 2020

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The latest announcement from the Scottish Government has made it clear that the current lockdown has been extended.  Whilst the latest advice has increased the amount of daily exercise permitted, guidance around the type of exercise and travel restrictions remain unchanged.  Consequently, there is no change to our current advice to all clubs and members of Scottish Rowing that all rowing activity should be suspended.

Read more: COVID-19 - An update from the Chief Operating Officer

Athlete Highlight - Alan Sinclair

Posted: 6 May, 2020

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” - Robert Burns

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After a long, arduous winter of scrutiny - the last winter before the Olympics- I’ve just come 4th with my pairs partner at Olympic trials and pencilled in my name for a seat in the coxless pair at Rio. Little do I know the next 4 months will be the most stressful of my life, all to prove that we are good enough to compete at the Games.

Read more: Athlete Highlight - Alan Sinclair

Olympic silver medallist Dr Polly Swann supporting the NHS in the fight against COVID-19

Posted: 5 May, 2020

Olympic silver medallist Dr Polly Swann will be balancing her GB Rowing Team training with rounds on the ward as she heads back to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. GB rower Polly, who graduated as a doctor from the University of Edinburgh back in July 2019, will be spending the next three months working as an interim foundation year doctor at a hospital near her home in Scotland.

Read more: Olympic silver medallist Dr Polly Swann supporting the NHS in the fight against COVID-19