Posted: 8 June 2022

Scottish rowers were in competitive action at home and abroad on the last weekend in May and here we take at quick look at how they got on.

World Rowing Cup 1 | Belgrade, Serbia

Great Britain topped the medal table at the first international regatta of the Paris Olympiad with Scottish rowers contributing towards a team total of 14 medals including 8 golds.

Edinburgh University Boat Club’s Maddie Arlett was in fine form in the lightweight women’s double scull where she was partnered by Emily Craig.  The GB duo were the standout crew across the regatta and they took gold in their A final ahead of China.

The new-look Great Britain women’s four continues to feature Scotland’s Rowan McKellar in the bow seat and they were in dominant form in Belgrade as they stormed to the gold medal ahead of crews from Denmark, China, Poland and Spain.

There was also a gold medal for the men’s eight which featured several returning Tokyo Olympians including Sholto Carnegie, as well as a number of fresh faces to the senior team.  The GB crew took charge of their race against the Netherlands and China taking the win by over 10 seconds.

Lucy Glover, representing Edinburgh University Boat Club, was part of the British women’s sculling group that were racing in both the double and quad scull at this regatta, as the new Head Coach Andrew Randell seeks to learn more about his squad.  Glover and her partner Jess Leyden took a bronze medal in the double scull whilst the quad finished just outside of the medals in 4th place.

Elsewhere, the Great Britain men’s quad featuring Tokyo silver medallist Harry Leask won the B final to finish in 7th place.

National Schools Regatta | Dorney Lake

Closer to home, representatives from six Scottish clubs competed at the first National Schools Regatta in three years as the largest junior regatta in the United Kingdom returned to Dorney Lake.

Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) returned home with three medals including Maisie and Zoe, fresh from their 5th place finish representing Great Britain at the European Rowing Under 19 Championships, who took gold in the Championship girls’ coxless pairs.

ASRA also took gold in the open junior 16 coxed four and bronze in the girls’ junior 16 eight to complete a successful outing for the club.

There were two Scottish clubs on the podium in the Championship girls’ coxless four as George Heriot’s School took the title and the gold medals, with Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club picking up bronze.

Glasgow Academy won a silver medal in the girls’ junior 16 double sculls event, with George Watson’s College just edged out of the medals in 4th.

Scottish crews performed to a high standard this year with two thirds of those crews entered progressing to A boat finals and approximately a third winning medals.