The Scotland Rowing Team continues to represent a significant opportunity for Scottish Rowing to support athletes on the performance pathway. 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.
The Home International Rowing (HIR) Regatta 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 Regatta 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 2024 Home International Rowing (HIR) Regatta will be hosted by Scotland on Saturday 27th July 2024 (venue Strathclyde Country Park).
The Scotland Rowing Team selection policy for the 2024 Home International Rowing (HIR) Regatta can be found here.
The Home International Rowing (HIR) Beach Sprints is an annual challenge match between Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales using the World Rowing Beach Sprints race format. In 2023 the event also saw the addition of Jersey as one of the competing nations.
The 2024 Home International Rowing (HIR) Beach Sprints will be hosted by England on Saturday 28th September 2024 (venue Bournemouth).
The Scotland Rowing Team selection policy for the 2024 Home International Rowing (HIR) Beach Sprints can be found here.
Any questions relating to the Scotland Rowing Team should be addressed to Ailsa Martin, Scotland Rowing Beach Sprints Team Manager (email@example.com) or Lee Boucher, Scottish Rowing Head of Performance Pathway (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further information about the regatta can be found at Home International Regatta
British Rowing Junior Inter-Regional Regatta
Scottish Rowing is delighted to announce that a Scotland team will make its debut at the 2024 British Junior Inter-Regional Regatta (JIRR).
The JIRR is an annual competition for J14, J15 and J16 athletes contested by teams representing the various British Rowing regions. Recently, following a review of the event format by the JIRR Organising Committee, Scotland will be represented for the first time and Scottish Rowing has been asked to identify a team.
The 2024 Junior Inter-Regional Regatta will be held on Saturday, 20th April at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.
The Scotland team selection policy for the 2024 JIRR can be found here.
Athletes/parents should discuss this opportunity with their own coach in the first instance.
For any general queries relating to the Scotland JIRR team, please contact, Cara O’Donnell, Scottish Rowing Sports Programme Co-Ordinator – email@example.com
Commonwealth Rowing Association Beach Sprints Championship
Coastal rowing (in the Beach Sprints format) has recently been announced as part of the Commonwealth Games programme for Victoria 2026 and is also under consideration by the International Olympic Committee for inclusion at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 2028.
The Scotland Rowing Team topped the medal table at the Commonwealth Rowing Association Beach Sprint Championships in Walvis Bay, Namibia winning gold medals in three out of the four events.
The Namibian Canoe and Rowing Federation, supported by local partners as well as World Rowing and the Commonwealth Rowing Association, hosted the first ever Beach Sprints coastal rowing competition in Africa, on Independence Beach from 2-4 December 2022.
Further information about the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games will be available on this page in due course.
The Namibian Canoe and Rowing Federation, supported by local partners as well as World Rowing and the Commonwealth Rowing Association