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Bob Reid 1948 - 2021

Posted: 23 February, 2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news of our dear friend and fellow rower Bob Reid who passed away in hospital earlier this week. Our thoughts are with Shona and their family at this very sad time.

Bob’s rowing career started whilst at school at the Aberdeen Academy in the late 1960’s and following his move south to Glasgow to attend RSAMD he rowed with Clyde ARC before moving up river to join GUBC and the Glasgow Argonauts BC.

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Competition Update - February 2021

Posted: 18 February, 2021

We hope that as Scottish Rowing members, friends, and volunteers – you are keeping safe and well and are looking forward to getting back on the water, back to rowing.

We know that the Scottish Rowing community is strong and keen to come together again when it is safe to do so. We all – staff, competitors, organisers, volunteers, coaches - miss the fun and excitement of competition.


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Clean Sport – Anti-Doping Rule Violation

Posted January 4 2021

Scottish Rowing is extremely disappointed to report that an indoor rower from Scotland has been found guilty of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and has been suspended for a period of 4 years.

World Rowing today published the outcome of Anti-Doping Disciplinary Proceedings against Robert Strachan, an indoor rower and member of Scottish Rowing.  Mr Strachan competed at the World Rowing Indoor Championships in Paris, France on 7 February 2020 and was tested in competition on behalf of World Rowing.  The presence of terbutaline, clenbuterol and exogenous testosterone were detected in the sample provided.  World Rowing was responsible for the results management of the case and the final decision.  Mr Strachan was issued with a 4-year ban from sport backdated to the start of his provisional suspension on 20 March 2020.

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COVID 19 Guidance for Rowing - First Minister's Statement 4 January 2021

Posted: January 4 2021

Further to the First Minister’s announcement today, we are reviewing our guidance in the light of the new, increased restrictions announced and will publish revised detailed guidance for rowing as soon as possible. 

The primary message is "stay at home" as much as possible.  By law, from 5 January, in a level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose.  The essential purposes are further defined and explained on the Scottish Government website.  Please note the following key points from the Scottish Government website.

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2020: A year of challenges, but much to be proud of

Posted: 31 December, 2020

I think everyone will agree that 2020 has been a challenging year! It is hard not to look back over the last few months at all the things we have missed in our rowing lives; club rivalries on the water, time spent catching up with friends on the riverbank, the famous Strathclyde Park Danny special and cheering on the GB Rowing team in Tokyo. There will also be some for whom this pandemic has left deeper scars of financial hardship, illness or the loss of a loved one.

But for most of us there are still things to celebrate and be proud of. The support we have had from clubs who have worked so hard to keep members active and engaged; the flexibility, adaptability and passion of the Scottish Rowing staff and volunteers who have supported clubs and provided opportunities and activities in a frustrating and uncertain environment, and the understanding from our membership of the need to prioritise public health being only a few.

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2021 World Anti-Doping Code

Posted 18 December 2020

On 1January 2021, a new version of the World Anti-Doping Code will be launched.  The code is an essential document which harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations around the world and impacts all athletes, coaches and sports organisations, including Scottish Rowing.

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Scottish Success at the British Rowing Indoor Championships

Posted: 8 December 2020

From the Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships on the 21st November straight to the British Rowing Indoor Championships, many competitors took to their erg again on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December to compete virtually against indoor rowers around the world.

With a small Scottish contingent represented at the championships, there were medals won and personal bests broken over the course of the two-day event.

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Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships 2020

Posted: 23 November, 2020

Record breaking entry numbers, competitors from as far afield as the USA and Australia and Scottish Rowing record times smashed, the Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships hit our screens on Saturday and went virtual ….

On Saturday 21st November 2020 the annual Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships (SRIC) went online and provided live, virtual racing – adapting to COVID-19 challenges and providing a competition format for all comers. This new format saw an entirely new challenge facing both the event organisers and competitors alike - which both took in their stride to make the event a huge success for all.

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Scottish Rowing Winter Webinar Series - Eira Parry of High Performance Parenting

Posted: 3 November, 2020

We are delighted to introduce 3 additional sessions to the Scottish Rowing Winter Webinar Series with Eira Parry of High Performance Parenting. These sessions are designed for parents of junior rowers, regardless of their performance level or experience in the sport.

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Originally a teacher in both primary and secondary education, Eira Parry worked as a performance coach with British Rowing for many years. She now works with parents and athletes across many different sports and at every level with her company High Performance Parenting. She believes passionately that sport can be a force for good, teaching young people valuable life lessons, but that it should also be fun, for athletes, coaches and parents alike.

These webinars are free to parents of junior athletes of any Scottish Rowing club.

The first session which will take place on the revised date of 16th November from 7pm till 8:15pm and is on managing a sport/life balance. This will include the topics; rowing and school, planning ahead, getting enough sleep and eating for well-being. Register today at https://hpp.webinarninja.com/live-webinars/541393/register?in_tok=d33e0aa3-cdb1-4524-9a08-7ea9c8272303

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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Glasgow Rowing Club Invest in the Future

Posted: 29 September 2020

Rowing clubs around Scotland have been developing innovative ways to engage with their membership during the challenging lockdown period. Scottish Rowing Club of the Year 2018/19, Glasgow Rowing Club, have ensured that their junior rowers were provided opportunities post-lockdown. This included bringing in new members using specific learn to row equipment, so much so there is now a waiting list at the club for new members.
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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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