Rowing for Scotland
The Scotland Rowing Team continues to represent a significant opportunity for Scottish Rowing to support athletes on the performance pathway. In 2017, eleven of the twelve Scottish rowers selected to represent Great Britain at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, USA, had earlier in their rowing careers represented the Scotland Rowing Team at either the Home International Regatta or the Commonwealth Rowing Championships.
Scottish Rowing will continue to place a strong emphasis on the Home International Regatta as an athlete development opportunity for those on the performance pathway. After raising the standard of performances in the senior team in recent years, Scottish Rowing has aspirations to support improved performances across the junior team and this will form part of the junior development strategy.
Home International Regatta
The Home International Regatta (HIR) is an annual challenge match between Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. The Scotland Rowing Team, which actually comprises four separate teams (Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men and Junior Women) are selected annually and compromises approximately 60 athletes and 10 coaches and support staff. The HIR provides an opportunity for Scottish Rowers to gain their first taste of international competition. 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist, Dame Katherine Grainger and 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist Karen Bennett are both veterans of the regatta as is Sir Chris Hoy before making his switch to cycling.
In bringing the most talented athletes and coaches in Scotland together on a regular basis, Scottish Rowing promotes collaboration between clubs and athletes while nurturing a culture of healthy competition, thus ensuring that the Scotland Rowing Team can be as successful as possible.
The 2020 Home International Regatta was due be hosted by Wales at Strathclyde Park on Saturday 25th July 2020 however this event has now been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 Home International Regatta will be hosted by Wales on Saturday 24th July 2021 (venue TBC).
Any questions relating to the Scotland Rowing Team should be addressed to Graeme Cunningham, Scotland Rowing Team Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lee Boucher, Scottish Rowing Head of Performance Pathway (email@example.com).
Further information about the regatta can be found at Home International Regatta