Posted: 27 July 2023

The Scotland Rowing Team enjoyed a successful campaign at the 2023 Home International Rowing (HIR) Regatta hosted by Ireland at Lough Rinn in County Leitrim.

Overall Scotland won 9 gold medals on the day and finished in second place in both the junior and senior women’s team trophies, and third in the equivalent junior and senior men’s events.

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All of the senior women’s team won a medal on the day including Zoe Beeson (Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association) and Isla Wilding (Strathclyde Park Rowing Club) who won three medals - in the women’s coxless pair (W2-) and then the women’s eight (W8+) over both the long course (2000m) and short course (500m).

They had been joined in the women’s eight by Morven Thomson (SPRC), Maisie Aspinall (Aberdeen University Boat Club), Josephine Briggs, Grace Dawson and cox Izzy Knott (all Edinburgh University Boat Club) who had earlier success in the day over England as part of the women’s coxed four.

Anna Fisher (St Andrew Boat Club) and Orla Johnson (Imperial College Boat Club) made up the successful 2000m women’s eight with Isla Bathgate (SPRC) and Emily Carruthers (AUBC) coming in for the gold medal in the 500m event.

Strathclyde Park Rowing Club’s Jake Woods won the combined Para PR1/PR2 men’s single scull over both race distances defeating two athletes, both from Ireland.

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Briony Wood of the Glasgow Academy Rowing Club – the recent British Rowing Junior Champion - took her impressive domestic form into the regatta, winning the junior women’s ‘A’ single scull with a significant margin over second placed Wales.

There was also success for J16 athlete Ollie Plank (Stirling Rowing Club) in the junior men’s ‘B’ single scull, one of a wave of strong Scottish performances in the small boats at the start of the day.

The women’s quad of Laura Bates (Newark Rowing Club), Catriona Norval (SPRC), Isabella Roper (Tideway Scullers School) and Izzy Clements (EUBC) proved their speed out of the blocks with a win in the 500m event after an earlier third place finish over the 2000m race distance.

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Congratulations go to the England Rowing Team who retained all four team trophies, winning 24 of the 48 races on the day.  Scottish Rowing would like to thank all the coaches and management team as well as Rowing Ireland and Leitrim County Council for hosting an excellent event.

The full results from the 2023 Home International Rowing Regatta can be found on the HIR website.

The 2024 HIR Regatta will be hosted by Scotland at Strathclyde Park on Saturday 27 July 2024.