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British Rowing Indoor Championships Online

Following his J15 bronze at the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships, at the British Rowing Indoor Championships Online on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December ASRA’s Magnus Heidenreich came 8th in a field of 31 in the Year 10 Race over 500 metres, with a mere 4 seconds covering places 2 to 8.

In the 5 minutes race for year 10 boys, he came a creditable 10th in a field of 27.

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Scottish Virtual Indoor Championships

Congratulations to all who took part in the Scotish Virtual Indoor Championships and in particular to coaches Holly and Alan, who organised what was a technical nightmare!!!

WJ13 – Gabrielle Topp - silver medal (gold out of Scottish competitors)

WJ15 – Sophie Sinclair – gold

WJ15 – Maggie Seward – bronze

WJ15 team – Erin Gibson, Maggie Seward, Phoebe McCraith & Sophie Sinclair – gold

WJ15 team – Anna Donald, Charlotte Arthur, Emily Simpson& Gabrielle Topp - silver

WJ16 – Zoe Beeson – silver

WJ18 – Maisie Aspinall – gold

WJ18 team – Freya Hughson, Maisie Aspinall, Sophia Brew, Zoe Beeson - gold

OJ14 – Jack Winton – bronze

OJ15 – Magnus Heidenreich – bronze (silver out of Scottish competitors)

OJ18 – Gregor Charles – silver

OJ18 – Ashley Geddes (bronze out of Scottish competitors)

OJ18 team – Ashley Geddes, Gregor Charles,, Matthew Hughson &  William Penny – gold

OJ18 team – Alex Fowler, Joe Ritchie, Murray Bone &  William Lawson - silver

Out of fourteen athletes doing 2000m, there were nine PBs.

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Aberdeen Inter-Schools Indoor Rowing Championships

On Thursday the 6th of March 2008 the ASRA coaching team hosted the inaugural Aberdeen Inter-Schools Indoor Rowing Championships at the ASRA Boathouse on the banks of the Dee. There was strong competition between Bankhead, Kincorth and Harlaw Academies who had pupils competing in individual S1, S2 and S3 events as well as the team event.

Medal winners were:

S1 Girls

• Gold - Kiera Patterson (Harlaw Academy)

• Silver - Katie Malone (Harlaw Academy)

• Bronze - Bronze - Rebecca Waldie (Kincorth Academy)

S2 Girls

• Gold - Samantha James (Kincorth Academy)

• Silver - Sarah Milne (Kincorth Academy)

• Bronze - Rachel Smart (Kincorth Academy)

S3 Girls

• Gold - Lauren Clark (Bankhead Academy)

Team Event

• Gold - Bankhead Academy

• Silver - Harlaw Academy B

• Bronze - Harlaw Academy C

S1 Boys

• Gold - Elliot Bruce (Harlaw Academy)

• Silver - Ying Huang (Harlaw Academy)

• Bronze - Tomak Okulicz (Bankhead Academy

S2 Boys

• Gold - Peter Gonella (Harlaw Academy)

• Silver - Naful Karlberg (Harlaw Academy)

• Bronze - Murray Urquhart (Harlaw Academy)

S3 Boys

• Gold - Chris Milne (Bankhead Academy)

• Silver - Donald Cruickshank (Bankhead Academy

• Bronze - Jon Barbour (Bankhead Academy)

The team event was nail bitingly close with a strong finish by Bankhead Academy who won the team event in real style!

The overall event was won by Harlaw Academy with 87 points, Bankhead came second overall with 66 points and Kincorth Academy came third with 42 points. The whole competition was a real success with all participants and teachers enjoying the afternoon. This was the first time any of the youngsters had been at the boathouse, so it was a fine chance to show them what all of their efforts on the indoor rowing machines at their schools over the last few months have been working towards. All participants are completing their swim test in the next 2 weeks and commence their 10-week Wet Start immediately after the Easter holidays. Watch this space for an update! The ASRA team would like to thank all three schools for supporting this event and also the many helpers who ensured that the afternoon ran smoothly.

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Scottish Indoor Rowing Championship

At the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships 2008 held at the Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh on Saturday 9th February, ASRA athletes racked up a total of 4 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals.

• Individual Gold: Women's Junior 13 - Morven Shaw; Women's Junior 14 - Rosie Morton; Women's Junior 16 - Iona Riley.

• Team Gold: Women's Royal Mile - Lucy Bonnamy; Catriona Bain; Iona Riley; Jamie Steel.

• Individual Silver: Women's Junior 11 - Erin Wyness; Men's Junior 16 - Gary Wilson; Women's Junior 18 Lightweight - Jamie Steel.

• Team Silver: Mixed Junior 15 - Rosie Morton; Fiona McKinnon; Lewis McCue; Chris Milne.

• Individual Bronze: Women's Junior 10 - Katherine Lawrie; Men's Junior 13 - Nick Riddoch; Women's Junior 16 - Catriona Bain; Women's Junior 18 - Lucy Bonnamy.

• Team Bronze: Mixed Junior 15 - Morven Shaw; Emily Duff; Donald Cruickshank; Murray Urquhart

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Indoor Championships

On Sunday 11th February 10 ASRA rowers brought home from the 2007 Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships at the Time Capsule, Coatbridge a total of 9 category medals - 6 gold, 2 silver and one bronze.

Gold (individual)

Girls Junior 13 - Fiona McKinnon (Robert Gordon's College), Girls Junior 14 - Catriona Bain (Aberdeen Grammar School), Boys Junior 15 - Jonathan Wright (Harlaw Academy), Girls Junior 18 - Joy Davies (Aberdeen Grammar School).

Gold (team)

Boys Junior Team Championship - Jonathan Wright (Harlaw), Johnathan Lockhart (RGC), Gary Wilson (AGS) & amp;Atholl Wallace (Meldrum Academy). Girls Junior Championship - Joy Davies (AGS), Lucy Bonnamy (Cults), Catriona Bain (AGS) & Jamie Steel (Harlaw).

Silver

Boys Junior 15 - Johnathan Lockhart (RGC), Girls Junior 18 - Lucy Bonnamy (Cults).

Bronze

Girls Junior 14 - Rachael Hadjitofi (AGS).

Good performances all round and some indication of how well winter training is going for the more committed members of the club.

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Scottish Annual Indoor (Ergo) Rowing Championships

At the Scottish Annual Indoor (Ergo) Rowing Championships at the Wishaw Sports Centre on Sunday 4th February, ASRA members won the magnificent total of 11 medals - 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze. Gold went to Graham Doig in the Boys' Junior 12 category, to Ewan Bain in the Boy's Junior 11 category, to Catriona Bain in the Girls' Junior 13 category, to Jonathan Lockhart in the Boys' Junior 14 category and to Seonaid Crosby in the Women's Junior 18 category. Silver went to Iona Riley ( J13), Jonathan Wright (J14) and Joy Davies (J16). Bronze went to Gary Wilson (J14), Lucy Bonnamy (J16) and Tom Hunter (J18 Lwt).

Not everyone could win a medal of course, but our gratitude nevertheless to all of our athletes who gave it their best shot despite lingering illnesses and the threat of imminent examinations. The only sour note - the disappointingly and unacceptably large number of last minute call-offs.

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Scottish National Indoor Championships

At the Scottish National Indoor Rowing Championships on Sunday 23rd January held in Dalziel High School, Motherwell, rowers from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association brought home a total of 2 Gold and 6 Silver Medals.

In the Women's Under 12 Event Gold went to Iona Riley of Hazlehead Academy and in the Men's Under 13 Event to Jonathan Wright of Harlaw Academy. Silver went to Shanna Taylor & Catriona Bain (equal second in Women's Under12), Johnathan Lockhart (Men's Under 13), Seonaid Crosby (Women's Under 16), Rowena Burrows (Women's Lightweight Under 18) & Gareth Jones (Men's Under 18).

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