At the GB Early Identification Trial held in Boston on Saturday the 19th of November Lewis McCue came an impressive 5th in a field of 152 athletes all competing for a place in the Junior Worlds Team for 2012 and in consequence he has been invited to the GB potential training camp to be held in Nantes, France, from 15th to the 22nd December. The next GB trial takes place in February and sees him partnered by Elliot Bruce in the coxless pair and also sees Emily Geddes and Christie Duff competing in the pair.

At the Aberdeen Head of the River Races on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November, ASRA athletes recorded 13 category wins over the two days. In the Small Boats Heads on Sunday, special mention must be made of our intrepid club captain and GB hopeful, Lewis McCue, who trounced all comers in his single scull in Division 1 and who then joined up with his long-standing pairs partner, Elliot Bruce, to put up the fastest time overall in Division 2.

Fours Head - Division 1

Fours Head - Division 2

Small Boats Head - Division 1

At the Tyne Head of the River Races on Saturday 5th November, crews from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association recorded wins in 5 racing categories over the two 5 kilometer races.

Tyne Long Distance Head

At the Tees Heads on Saturday 22nd October, ASRA crews opened their 2011/12 account with emphatic victories in 4 categories over the two 5 kilometre races:

Division 1 (Tees Long Distance Head)

At the Home Countries International Regatta on Saturday 23rd July held this year at Strathclyde Park, 11 ASRA rowers were awarded Scottish caps as a result of their outstanding performances at the Scottish Rowing Championships. Our J17 girls in the Women's Junior Coxed Fours event - Christie Duff, Holly Reid, Jaimie Rees & Emily Geddes coxed by Alistair Frost - had the satisfaction of beating the LEH crew representing England who had robbed them of gold at the British Champs. but were unfortunately unable to mount a meaningful challenge to the supremacy of the brilliant Irish foursome who led from start to finish in their event.

Our J15/16 boys - Elliot Bruce, Cameron Gordon, Lewis McCue & Jacob Vyse - who had been selected to row the Junior Coxless Four were sadly unable to repeat the performance they had put up at the Scottish Champs. and could neither match the power nor the skill level of their older, more experienced opponents. Their time will come! Depressingly, our promising Scottish Junior Eight with Elliot and Lewis and our J18s Niall Rundle & Grant Ross shared the fate of so many Scottish Eights in the past and for the same reasons. The three outings during our training camp in what was basically a scratch boat were simply not sufficient preparation for a race against the practised units from the other home nations.

Thankfully our FPs fared rather better with Colin Wallace, Gary Wilson and Judith Herbert striking gold in Mens's Open Pairs, Men's Open Coxless Fours and Women's Lightweight Pairs respectively, and ASRA's 2010 HIR gold medallists - Iona Riley, Catriona Bain & Jamie Steel with Lucy Bonnamy - coming a creditable second a length behind England in Women's Under 23 Coxless Fours and 2 seconds behind the auld enemy in Women's Senior Eights.

At the British Rowing Championships held at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, from the 15th to the 17th July, ASRA won 3 golds and 2 silvers - a new record for the club at this level.

On Saturday Lewis "Nutter" McCue took ASRA's first ever British single sculling title when he romped home ahead of a powerful field in Men's Junior 16 Sculls and then went on with his partner - Elliot Bruce - to take gold in Men's Junior 16 Pairs just as they had done in 2010 as 15 year olds.

Not to be outdone, that same day our J16 girls four - Kiera Paterson, Erin Wyness, Morven Shaw & Amelia Donovan coxed by Bethany Reece - put up a great performance in a hastily assembled scratch coxed four to take silver in Women's Junior 16 Coxed Fours.

On Sunday, ASRA's J17 girls - Christie Duff, Holly Reid, Jaimie Rees & Emily Geddes - demonstrated that their excellent showing at the Scottish Champs.had been no flash in the pan, and coxed by Alistair Frost first took silver in Women's J18 Coxed Fours and shortly afterwards a brilliant gold in Women's J18 Coxless Fours.

At the GB J16 Trials held at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, on Sunday 26th June, our three J16 Coxless Pairs entries performed outstandingly to come 2nd and 4th in the boys' competition and 2nd in the girls' one. Lewis McCue and Elliot Bruce were beaten by the boys from St. Edward's School as they had been at Nat. Schools, but since the latter were already selected for the Eight, our boys' performance was still good enough to secure their places in the GB Coxless Pair to face France on the 10th July at Docklands. No happy ending however for our Nat. Schools' champions - Morven Shaw & Amelia Donovan - who were beaten on the day by the Nat. Schools' silver medallists from Headington School.

At the Henley Women's Regatta on the 17th, 18th and 19th June, our newly crowned WJ18 Scottish Champions in Coxed and Coxless Fours - Christie Duff, Holly Reid, Jaimie Rees & Emily Geddes, coxed by Alistair Frost - found the going predictably tough in an event populated by all the Nat. Schools' finalists as well as top ranked crews from Ireland and North America. Drawn against an excellent Thames RC/Globe RC composite, the ASRA quartet led to about half-way, but were then overtaken by a fitter, heavier crew which was more able to cope with the buffeting head-wind. Our comparatively lightweight girls fought back well in the last quarter and went down in the end by respectable one and a quarter lengths. It must be borne in mind that our girls are still J17 and will live to fight another day as far as the Groton Challenge Cup is concerned.

At the Scottish Championships on the 11th & 12th June, ASRA athletes won the following medals:





At the National Schools' Regatta, Nottingham, on the 27th, 28th and 29th May, 5 ASRA crews joined the 4,287 rowers from 164 clubs from all over Britain to brave the fierce blustery headwinds which rarely slackened over the whole course of the weekend.

All 5 crews survived the preliminary processionals to enter the competition proper. Both our J15 Girls' Coxed Four and our J15 Girls' Eight were unfortunate enough to be drawn in the stronger of the two semi-finals and had to be content in the knowledge that their times would otherwise have assured them a place in the final. Our J18 girls - Morven Shaw, Holly Reid, Emily Geddes and Christie Duff, coxed by Kyra Steel - found the going extremely tough and struggled to progress to the final of the James Mason Plate, ending up a creditable 5th in this event which the girls from ASRA had won in 2010.

Medals finally came on Sunday when the weather conditions had become so dangerous that side-by-side racing was replaced entirely by time trials. In the Men's J16 Coxless Pairs event , ASRA "A" - Elliot Bruce & Lewis McCue - took a hard fought bronze, with ASRA "B" - Cameron Gordon (15) & Jacob Vyse (15) - coming in an impressive 7th in a field of 19, and gold came in the second last race of the day in Women's J16 Coxless Pairs, when Morven Shaw (16) and Amelia Donovan (15) put in a storming performance to bring home the Headington Cup to Aberdeen.

At the North East Regatta on the Dee on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May, ASRA athletes recorded 19 wins to secure the overall Championship of the Dee by a narrow 10 point margin over their nearest rivals, Aberdeen Boat Club.

Welcome opposition in Junior events came from a large Edinburgh contingent from George Watson's College and George Heriot's School. Winning crews in event order were:



At the Strathclyde Park Regatta, Motherwell, on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April, it was the ASRA boys who accounted for 11 of the total of 13 gold medals won by the club over the course of the weekend. This notwithstanding, it was our J17 girls - Holly Reid, Morven Shaw (for injured Jaimie Rees), Emily Geddes & Christie Duff - who, having disappointingly lost out on Saturday in the Women's J18 Coxed Fours race to George Watson's College, then put up one of the most exciting displays of the regatta when on Sunday they missed out on gold in a photo-finish to Edinburgh University in the final of Women's Restricted 2 Coxed Fours in a time that would have won them the J18 title the previous day.



At the annual Gent Spring International Regatta on the 9th & 10th April, an Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association squad decimated by a quite unparalleled number of injuries nevertheless rose to the challenge and brought home a new club record of 6 gold medals from this event.

Undoubted stars of the weekend were our J14 boys who won all three gold medals available in their age range - J14 Single Sculls: Bruce Sorbie (in a field of 39); J14 Double Sculls: Bruce Sorbie and Andrew Main (in a a field of 24) & J14 Quadruple Sculls: Bruce Sorbie, George Turner, Andrew Main & Alistair Frost, coxed by Bethany Reece.

Not to be outdone, our J14 Girls - Tanneth Parker, Erynn Fraser, Joanna Cassidy & Charlotte Davie, coxed by Bethany Reece - took an unopposed gold in the Women's J14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls event and finally a scratch ASRA Junior 18 girls crew - Amelia Donovan (15), Morven Shaw (16), Holly Reid(17) & Emily Geddes - took gold in Women's Junior 18 Coxless Fours and later joined our FPs - Jamie Steel, Catriona Bain, Iona Riley & Lucy Bonnamy - to win the Women's Open Eights title on a row-over following no-shows by the French girls from Rouen CNA and the German squad from Bonn RG.

On Saturday 5th March at the Scottish Schools' Annual Head of the River Race on the Forth & Clyde Canal between Banknock and Auchinstarry, Aberdeen Schools' Rowing Association crews won 3 event categories outright and came second in a further 3 to win the Scottish Junior Team Championship Cup for the second year in succession.

Winners' pennants went to:

Congratulations to them and to our gallant runners-up in Women's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls, Men's Junior 16 Coxed Fours & Men's Junior 15 Coxed Fours, without whose points we would not have been able to bring home the Team Championship Trophy.

On Saturday 5th February at the Aberdeen 8's & Junior Quads Head of River our ASRA girls - Kiera Paterson, Amanda Dedmon, Emily Duff, Morven Shaw, Jamie Rees, Emily Geddes, Christie Duff & Holly Reid coxed by Lewis McCue - dominated their opposition from Aberdeen Boat Club, Aberdeen & Dundee Universities in the first division to win the Women's Restricted 2 Eights title by some 17 seconds.

Not to be outdone our ASRA boys - George Turner, Ying Huang, Cameron Gordon, Jacob Vyse, Niall Rundle, Grant Ross, Elliot Bruce, & Lewis McCue, coxed by Christie Duff won the men's equivalent in fine style and recorded in so doing the fastest time overall in the second division, having to deal with serious opposition from Aberdeen Boat Club and Aberdeen, Dundee and Heriot-Watt Universities.

The Open Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls event was won by Tanneth Parker, Erynn Fraser, Jessica Walker and Joanna Cassidy coxed by Charlotte Davie, who triumphed by a margin of 13 seconds over their unfortunate male counterparts.

At the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships held on 23rd January at Heriot-Watt University, ASRA athletes won the following medals: