*** Learn to Row ***

Applications are now open for 11 to 18 year olds with ASRA's Learn to Row Summer program

Information and application forms can be downloaded here


Bryan Steel

bryan steelARA Silver Level Coach and Multi Lane Umpire.

Educated Royal High School, Edinburgh and St. Andrew's University, began teaching in 1961 at Hillhead High School, Glasgow. Press-ganged into service with the the school's Rowing Club, he was delivered for training as a fledgling Rowing Master into the hands of the late and great Willie Hunter of the then thriving Glasgow Schools Rowing Council and survived!

Promotion in 1969 took him to Aberdeen (Hazlehead) Academy, whose green-clad rowers, including a certain young Robert Newton, had been terrorising the Junior rowing scene for some years previously. Extreme dedication or lack of imagination - call it what you will - Bryan has never quite been able to shake off his addiction to the sport. He retired from full time teaching in 1997 in order to give more time to coaching and to the completion of the new boathouse project. Presently he remains in overall charge of the Association.

Alan Lawrie

Alan Lawrie1Scottish Rowing Bronze Level Coach and financial wizard, Alan began his rowing career at the age of 13 at Hazlehead Academy under the watchful eye of Bryan. Masterminded and stroked the first and so far only MJ15 8+ to reach the Final of the National Championships at Nottingham and together with Gordon Alexander was the first in a long line of highly successful ASRA Mens Junior Pairs. He started coaching at the age of 20. Alan oversaw the new boathouse project and deals with all of ASRA's financial affairs including grants and sponsors.



 Ian Duncan

ian duncanARA Silver Level Coach and Multi Lane Umpire, Ian's long association with ASRA began in 1973 as a J14 schoolboy at Hazlehead Academy. Initially victorious in a Hazlehead crew he was then selected for an ASRA composite with the Grammar School which went on to win multiple Scottish Golds in all events from J15 to J18. He rowed for Scotland at the Home Countries in the highly successful ASRA J18 Eight.

Over the years Ian has served ASRA in many capacities including a long spell as Secretary/Treasurer. He is justifiably renowned for his finishing coaching skills at both Club and National level.


 Jonny Muir

jonny muirJonny is the new full-time ASRA Pathways Development Coach. Born in Dumfries, Jonny coxed, rowed and sculled for Nithsdale Amateur Rowing Club as a Junior. Starting out at the tender age of 10 he spent the next decade "pot hunting" events throughout Scotland. Highlights during this time would include stroking the Nithsdale Eight on the Tideway and sculling for Scotland at the Home International Match. Unfortunately, due to many lonely years spent training in a single scull, Jonny has been left with a need to "punish" himself which he now keeps under control competing in endurance events, ranging from 100k ergos to 100mile runs and everything in between. Would-be skivers, beware!!


Holly Reid

holly reid1Educated at Cults Academy, Holly is a Level 2 qualified coach. She started rowing at ASRA at the age of 13 when she saw the World Rowing Championships on TV and, after joining the club, went on to row in one of ASRA's most successful junior women's fours. Their most notable victories include becoming the first ASRA crew to win the Groton Cup at the Henley Women's Regatta; winning the Jim Mason plate at the National Schools Regatta and achieving gold medals in both the coxed and coxless WJ18 fours at the 2012 British Championships. Holly now rows as a senior for Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen Boat Club. She has been RGUBC senior women's captain for three years and, since leaving ASRA in 2012, has gone on to compete as part of the Scotland senior team.

Peter Turner

Pete TurnerBorn in Cambridge, Pete rowed as a junior for the City club where an "ASRA style" training regime yielded a decent set of pennants and tankards from Junior and Senior events. The highlights - qualifying for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley (but losing in the first round); a fourth place in the final of the National Schools Junior VIIIs (gold controversially went to the Junior National Squad containing one Steve Redgrave); and the annual riot of the Town Bumps. After a considerable break, Pete now enjoys competing as a Veteran with ABC as well as coaching at ASRA