Another busy weekend on the water - Scottish Junior Inter-Regional Rowing Championships etc etc
posted by Roy Sinclair
- 31 May 2009
The inaugural Scottish Junior Inter-Regional Championships were held on
Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire on Saturday 30th May in conjunction with the
annual Castle Semple Rowing Club's regatta.
Teams of male and female athletes in the under 15 and under 16 age categories
representing north, east, west and central/south areas took part in boys and
girls quadruple sculling and mixed eights events on the six lane 1000 metre
course in fine, sunny and sometimes blustery conditions. Close racing excited
the many spectators with the north, central/south and east teams each
achieving success in one event with the team trophy being awarded to the
delighted north team on account of their second place finish in the two other
events. Team captain Alan Lawrie accepted the trophy on behalf of the north
team which was largely composed of boys and girls from Aberdeen Schools Rowing
Association who raced along with three girls from Inverness Rowing Club.
Meanwhile, success was achieved by a variety of clubs in the many other
junior, senior and veteran event categories which were competed for at this
highly popular Castle Semple Regatta. Eleven wins were recorded by the
members of Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club whilst members of George Watsons
College Boat Club and Glasgow Schools Rowing Club recorded ten wins each.
Also taking place on Saturday was the Metropolitan Regatta at the future 2012
Olympic rowing venue at Dorney Lake near Eton where Andrew Holmes from George
Watsons College Boat Club was a crew member of a composite coxless four with
another three members of the GB junior squad which recorded an outstanding win
by the significant margin of almost 10 seconds ahead of University of London
to claim the Thames Cup for the Elite Coxless Fours in a fast time of 6
minutes 36.5 seconds.
And to cap it all, three times Olympic silver medallist Katherine Grainger of
St Andrew Boat Club outclassed an international field of single scullers to
record a convincing win and claim gold in the first World Cup regatta of the
season at the former Olympic course at Banyoles in Spain.