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Scottish National Rowing Championships

On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June at the Scottish National Rowing Championships, Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, athletes from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association became Scottish Champions for 2016 in 15 different events and runners-up in three.

Saturday Gold
• Women's Junior 15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Megan Hewison, Abigail Topp, Ellie Andrew & Alyssa Egido, coxed by Emma Quinn
• Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls; Seth Turner, Chris Bardas, Zander Beeson & Jakub Zbikowski, coxed by Oscar Forbes
• Men's Junior 15 Double Sculls: Daniel Lynch & Aidan Graham
• Men's Junior 16 Sculls: Robert Powell
• Men's Junior 18 Coxed Fours: Emmanuel Egido, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird & Ross Napier, coxed by Emma Quinn
• Men's Junior 18 Eights: Conrad Forbes, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird, Theo Stott, Emmanuel Egido & Ross Napier, coxed by Michael McCrory
• Men's Open Coxless Fours: Gregor Pittendreigh, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell & Hamish Dunnett
Saturday Silver
• Junior 13 Double Sculls: Matthew Hughson & Ashley Geddes

Sunday Gold
• Women's Novice Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Megan Hewison, Ellie Andrew, Laura Barraclough & Alyssa Egido, coxed by Emma Quinn
• Men's Junior 13 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Oscar Forbes, Harris Macdonald, Ashley Geddes & Matthew Hughson, coxed by Michael McCrory
• Men's Junior 14 Double Sculls: Seth Turner & Jakub Zbikowski
• Men's Junior 15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Daniel Lynch, Aidan Graham, Danny Skinner & Sam Kelso, coxed by Michael McCrory
• Men's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Daniel Lynch, Aidan Graham, Danny Skinner & Sam Kelso, coxed by Emma Quinn
• Men's Junior 16 Quadruple Sculls: Conrad Forbes, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, & Theo Stott
• Men's Junior 16 Double Sculls: Robert Powell & Miles Beeson
• Men's Junior 16 Coxless Pairs: Robert Powell & Miles Beeson
Sunday Silver
• Women's Junior 14 Sculls; Abigail Topp
• Women's Junior 15 Double Sculls: Abigail Topp & Alyssa Egido

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National Schools Regatta

At the National Schools Regatta, from the 27th to the 29th May, held this year for the first time on Eton's Dorney Lake, the 2012 Olympic venue, three of ASRA's crews fought their way through to the "A" Finals of their events and medalled in all three. Excellent results where our athletes were pitted against the best young rowers in the UK, but undoubted stars of the weekend were our J14 quadruple scullers pictured below, who performed brilliantly to dominate in a field of 34 quads from all over the UK and brought back the Canterbury Cup to Aberdeen for the first time.

Gold

  • Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Seth Turner, Chris Bardas, Alexander Beeson & Jakub Zbikowski, coxed by Oscar Forbes


Silver

  • Men's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Daniel Lynch, Aidan Graham, Daniel Skinner & Sam Kelso, coxed by Oscar Forbes


Bronze

  • Men's Junior 16 Coxed Fours: Conrad Forbes, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell & Theo Stott, coxed by Michael McCrory

In the Scullery Small Boats Regatta at the same venue on Monday 30th May, ASRA athletes again battled their way to the "A" Finals of three highly competitive events and came away with two magnificent golds and one silver.

Gold

  • Men's Junior 14 Double Sculls: Seth Turner & Jakub Zbikowski
    Men's Junior 16 Coxless Pairs: Miles Beeson & Robert Powell

Silver

  • Women's Junior 15 Double Sculls: Megan Hewison & Abigail Topp.

Congratulations to all of our crews, winners and losers alike. They all did ASRA proud in these, the most fiercely contested regattas in the junior rowing year.

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Castle Semple Regatta

On Saturday 14th May at the Castle Semple Regatta, Lochwinnoch, an ASRA squad deprived of the services of our senior boys due to exam pressure, nevertheless did ASRA proud, putting in a series of outstanding performances to rack up a total of 8 gold medals and 5 silver. This is the last multilane event for ASRA before the prestigious National Schools Regatta which runs from the 27th to the 29th May where 8 of our crews will compete shoulder to shoulder with some 4,000 of Britain's best junior rowers on Eton's Dorney Lake.

Gold

  • WR2 4+ - Cara Leslie, Fern Harvey, Cecily Burnett-Stuart & Eilish Murphy, coxed by Emma Quinn
  • WNov 4+ - Cara Leslie, Fern Harvey, Cecily Burnett-Stuart & Eilish Murphy, coxed by Emma Quinn
  • WJ16 2x - Megan Hewison & Abigail Topp
  • OJ15 4x+ - Seth Turner, Chris Bardas, Alexander Beeson & Jakub Zbikowski, coxed by Oscar Forbes
  • WJ15 2x - Alyssa Egido & Ellie Andrew>
  • OJ15 2x - Seth Turner & Jakub Zbikowski
  • OJ14 4x+ - Seth Turner, Jan Barraclough, George Grahamslaw & Jakub Zbikowski, coxed by Harris MacDonald
  • OJ14 1x - Chris Bardas

Silver

  • WR1 1x - Katherine Lawrie
  • WNov 1x - Laura Barraclough
  • WJ14 1x - Abigail Topp
  • OJ13 2x - Oscar Forbes & Harris MacDonald
  • OJ13 1x - Harris MacDonald

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Strathclyde Park Regatta

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April at the Strathclyde Park Regatta, Motherwell, ASRA crews equalled last year's medal haul of 16 golds, only two behind 2009's all-time record of 18 at this event. A phenomenal achievement, given the larger than normal exodus of seniors at the beginning of the year and our present extensive injury list.

The 16 gold medals went to:

Saturday

  • Open R2 Coxed Fours: Conrad Forbes, Miles Powell, Robert Powell & Theo Stott, coxed by Michael McCrory
  • Open R2 Coxless Pairs: Calum Bird & Gregor Pittendreigh
  • Women's Junior 18 Coxed Fours: Cara Leslie, Fern Harvey, Cecily Burnett-Stuart & Eilish Murphy, coxed by Steph Low
  • Open Junior 18 Coxless Pairs: Robert Powell & Miles Beeson
  • Open Junior 15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Daniel Lynch, Aidan Graham, Danny Skinner & Sam Kelso, coxed by Oscar Forbes
  • Women's Junior 15 Double Sculls: Megan Hewison & Alyssa Egido
    Open Junior 13 Coxed Qudruple Sculls: Oscar Forbes, Harris MacDonald, Ashley Geddes & Matthew Hughson, coxed by Emma Quinn
  • Sunday
    Open Novice Coxed Fours: Daniel Lynch, Aidan Graham, Danny Skinner &anp; Sam Kelso,coxed by Michael McCrory
  • Open Junior 18 Coxed Fours: Conrad Forbes, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Theo Stott, coxed by Michael McCrory
  • Women's Junior 16 Eights: Abigail Topp, Ellie Andrew, Cara Leslie, Fiona Emsley, Megan Hewison Alyssa Egido, Laura Barraclough, Steph Low, coxed by Emma Quinn
  • Open Junior 16 Double Sculls: Robert Powell & Miles Beeson
  • Women's Junior 15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Megan Hewison, Abigail Topp, Ellie Andrew, & Alyssa Egido, coxed by Emma Quinn
  • Open Junior 15 Double Sculls: Daniel Lynch, & Aidan Graham
  • Open Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Seth Turner, Chris Bardas, Alexander Beeson & Jakub Zbikowski, coxed by Steph Low
  • Open Junior 14 Double Sculls: Seth Turner & Jakub Zbikowski
  • Open Junior 13 Double |Sculls: Oscar Forbes & Harris MacDonald

Notable silver medals went to:

  • Open R1 Coxed Fours: Hamish Dunnett, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird & Ross Napier, coxed by Michael McCrory
  • Open Junior 18 Coxed Fours: Emmanuel Egido, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird & Ross Napier, coxed by Emma Quinn
  • Women's J14 Sculls: Abigail Topp
  • Open J14 Sculls: Seth Turner

Congratulations to all who took part and our thanks as always to our drivers and the parents who undertook the long journey south to support us.

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Gent International Spring Regatta

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April, following on from our week-long Annual Training Camp in Belgium, ASRA athletes medalled as follows at the Gent International Spring Regatta.

Saturday
• J16 Coxless and Coxed Fours - Gold in both events: Conrad Forbes, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Theo Stott with cox Michael McCrory
• J14 Coxless Quadruple Sculls - Gold: Jakub Zbikowski, Alex Beeson, Chris Bardas, Seth Turner
• J14 Single Sculls - Silver: Jakub Zbikowski
• J18 Coxed Fours - Bronze: Emmanuel Egido, Gregor Pittendreigh, Hamish Dunnett, Ross Napier with cox Jack Grahamslaw
• J18 Eights - Bronze: Conrad Forbes, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Gregor Pittendreigh, Hamish Dunnett, Theo Stott, Emmanuel Egido, Ross Napier with cox Michael McCrory

Sunday
• J16 Coxless Fours - Gold: Conrad Forbes, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Theo Stott
• J14 Double Sculls - Gold: Chris Bardas, Jakub Zbikowski
• J14 Double Sculls - Silver: Alex Beeson, Seth Turner

Congratulations to them and also to the boys and girls who failed to medal, but showed steady improvemnet in the course of the week and who put in impressive performances frequently above their age group at the regatta. Our grateful thanks as always to our coaches - in particular to Henry Gieseler who yet again made the long journey from Freiburg to join our coaching team - and our indefatigable drivers who made the whole trip possible.

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Aberdeen Eights and Small Boats Head

At the Aberdeen Eights and Small Boats Head on Saturday 26th March, ASRA's senior boys won both divisions of the Head outright, beating nearest rivals in the form of an Aberdeen University/Robert Gordon University composite by a thumping 17 seconds in the first division and 18 in the second. Not to be outdone, ASRA's Junior boys won the Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls division at a canter, beating local opposition from Albyn School by over 4 minutes.

• Men's Open Eights: Gregor Duncan, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird, Theo Stott, Ross Napier & Emmanuel Egido, coxed by Michael McCrory
• Men's R2 Eights: Gregor Duncan, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird, Theo Stott, Conrad Forbes & Emmanuel Egido, coxed by Oscar Forbes
• Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Fours: Seth Turner, Chris Bardas. Jan Barraclough &: Jakub Zbikowski, coxed by Fiona Emsley

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Schools' Head of the River

On Thursday 17th March our senior boys eight, consisting of Michael McCrory (cox), Gregor Duncan (stroke), Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird, Theo Stott, Hamish Dunnett and Ross Napier (bow), took part in the prestigious Schools' Head of the River Race.This timed processional race takes place annually on the Thames over the 6.8 kilometre championship course from the University Stone in Mortlake to the Westminster School Boat Club in Putney.

The crew raced to a 13th place in Championship Eights (the Blue Riband event for the boys) and 30th overall; an improvement over our 2015 position of 37th and the time gap between the ASRA crew and first placed Westminster was also smaller than last year. This was an excellent result amongst the very best of British junior rowing with 378 crews taking part - well done to all involved!

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Inverness Eights and Small Boats Head

At the Inverness Eights & Small Boats Head on Saturday 27th February, the ASRA Boys' Senior eight - superbly stroked by our boys' captain and 2015 Junior World's finalist in Rio, Gregor Duncan - came an impressive third overall and first out of five in the Men's Restricted 2 Eights category in Division 1 of the event. In the smaller boat categories, ASRA crews put in fine performances to medal in Men's Junior 18 Coxless Pairs, and both Open and Women's Novice Double Sculls.

  • Men's Restricted 2 Eight: Gregor Duncan, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird, Hamish Dunnett, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Theo Stott & Ross Napier, coxed by Michael McCrory
  • Men's Junior 18 Coxless Pair: Gregor Pittendreigh & Calum Bird
  • Open Novice Double Sculls: Daniel Lynch & Aidan Graham
  • Women's Novice Double Sculls: Megan Hewison & Alyssa Egido
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    Rutherford Head

    On Sunday 31 January after two postponements due to weather, the Rutherford Head finally went ahead; two divisions over the 4500m Scotswood to Newburn stretch of the River Tyne with 50-60 crews in each division. ASRA crews acquitted themselves well against largely adult competition.

    Division 1:

    IM3 8+ - Gregor Duncan, Hamish Dunnett, Robert Powell, Miles Beeson, Calum Bird, Theo Stott, Daniel Lynch, Conrad Forbes and cox Michael McCrory came 2nd out of 6 in their category, losing to a very competent looking adult crew from Agecroft, and 9th overall, beating the only other school eight by over three minutes.

    WJ18 4+ - Abigail Topp, Cara Leslie, Eilish Murphy, Cecily Burnett-Stuart and cox Steph Low came 2nd out of 3, between two Queen Elizabeth High School crews.

    Division 2:

    IM3 4+ - Daniel Lynch, Theo Stott, Calum Bird, Conrad Forbes and cox Michael McCrory came 3rd out of 4, to Agecroft and Edinburgh Uni. OJ18 4x - Gregor Duncan, Robert Powell, Miles Beeson and Hamish Dunnett came a close 2nd out of 3 crews, losing by 11 seconds to the local lads from Tyne ARC who were a little more canny with their steering.

    WIM3 8+ - Abigail Topp, Ellie Andrew, Fiona Emsley, Cara Leslie, Eilish Murphy, Cecily Burnett-Stuart, Emma Quinn, Laura Barraclough and cox Steph Low- came 5th of 8 but had the consolation of beating the Queen Elizabeth High School girls' eight by almost a minute.

    Well done to all the athletes, on and off the water, in what finally turned out to be a good day's racing in calm conditions. Many thanks to athletes, parents and coaches for coping with the changing circumstances and commiserations to those athletes who could not make the re-scheduled events.

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    Aberdeen Fours and Small Boats Head

    At the Aberdeen Fours and Small Boats Head of the River Races on the Dee on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November, ASRA athletes recorded an impressive series of category wins against good senior opposition from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriott-Watt and Dundee Universities as well as our own AU and RGU and against even feistier junior opposition from their own club mates.
    Saturday

    Division 1

    • Open Coxless Quadruple Sculls (and fastest crew overall in Division 1 ): Hamish Dunnett, Calum Bird, Gregor Pittendreigh & Emmanuel Egido
    • Men's Junior 15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Sam Kelso, Chris Bardas, Danny Skinner & Jakub Zbikowski, coxed by Connor Kennedy
    • Women's 18 Coxed Fours: Sam Cassidy, Katherine Lawrie, Eilish Murphy & Cecily Burnett-Stuart, coxed by Gregor Duncan

    Division 2

    • Open Junior 18 Coxed Fours: Jacob Turner, Ross Napier, Calum Bird & Gregor Pittendreigh, coxed by Michael McCrory
    • Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Seth Turner, Chris Bardas, Jakub Zbikowski & Jeremy Graham, coxed by Fiona Emsley
    • Women's Restricted 2 Coxed Fours: Sam Cassidy, Katherine Lawrie. Eilish Murphy & Cecily Burnett-Stuart, coxed by Emma Quinn

    Sunday

    Division 1

    • Men's Restricted 2 Pairs: Gregor Pittendreigh & Calum Bird
    • Men's Open Double Sculls: Emmanuel Egido & Hamish Dunnett
    • Men's J15 Double Sculls: Sam Kelso & Daniel Lynch
    • Men's Novice Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Jakub Zbikowski, Jeremy Graham, Harris MacDonald & Oscar Forbes ,coxed by Fiona Emsley
    • Women's Novice Double Sculls: Katherine Lawrie & Cara Leslie
    • Men's J15 Octuple Sculls (and fastest crew overall in Division 2); Daniel Lynch, Chris Bardas, Miles Beeson, Jakub Zbikowski, Ellie Andrew, Abigail Topp, Jeremy Graham & Harris McDonald, coxed by William Bricknell
    • Men's Junior 16 Single Sculls: Robert Powell
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    Tyne Head of the River

    At the Tyne Head of the River Races on Saturday 24th October, in challenging conditions over the 5 kilometre course, crews from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association set out their stall for the season with some strong performances.

    Unfortunately, not all events were contested by other clubs but, where medals were on offer, they were well earned by the following crews:

    Division 1 (Tyne Long Distance Sculling Head)
    • Women's Junior 15 Double Sculls: Alyssa Egido & Megan Hewison
    • Men's Junior 18 Quad Sculls: Jacob Turner, Gregor Pittendreigh, Emmanuel Egido & Ross Napier
    • Men's Junior 15 Single Sculls: Aidan Graham
    • Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quad Sculls: Seth Turner, Chris Bardas, Jakub Zbikowski & Oscar Forbes, coxed by Fiona Emsley. This crew's medal was for the fasted coxed quad in the division.

    Division 2 (Tyne United Small Boats Head)
    • Women's Junior 15 Quad Sculls: Abigail Topp, Ellie Andrew, Megan Hewison & Alyssa Egido, coxed by Emma Quinn
    • Men's Junior 17 Double Sculls: Hamish Dunnett & Emmanuel Egido

    Many thanks to Louise and Will Forbes for driving one of the minibuses and their help, along with Gillian Hewison, on the muddy steps.

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    Scottish Schools' Rowing Council Head

    On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September at the Scottish Schools' Rowing Council Head Races on the Forth & Clyde Canal between Banknock and Auchinstarry, 34 members of the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association celebrated an outstanding double success when they won both the Scottish Junior Club Champions' Fours Cup for the 5th year in succession and the Scottish Junior Club Champions' Sculling Cup for the 2nd year in succession.

    Winners' Pennants went to the following crews...

    Saturday (SSRC Fours Head)

    • Women's Junior 16 Coxed Fours: Sam Cassidy (Cults Academy), Cara Leslie (Harlaw Academy), Molly McAra (Harlaw Academy), Eilish Murphy (St. Margaret's School), coxed by Ellie Andrew (Mackie Academy)
    • Women's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Abigail Topp (Kemnay Academy), Fiona Emsley (Albyn School), Laura Barraclough (Cults Academy), Emma Quinn (Harlaw Academy), coxed by Stephanie Low (Grammar School)
    • Men's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Conrad Forbes ( Albyn School), Robert Powell (Albyn School), Theo Stott (Harlaw Academy), & Michael McCrory (Aberdeen Grammar), coxed by Vaibhav Chetty (Robert Gordon's College)
    • Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Daniel Lynch (Harlaw Academy), Miles Beeson, (Albyn School), Aidan Graham (Cults Academy), Sam Kelso (Albyn School), coxed by Emmanuel Egido (St Machar Academy).

    Sunday (SSRC Sculling Head)

    • Women's Junior 18 Single Sculls: Katherine Lawrie (Northern College)
    • Men's Junior 16 Coxless Quadruple Sculls: Conrad Forbes ( Albyn School), Robert Powell (Albyn School), Theo Stott (Harlaw Academy), & Michael McCrory (Aberdeen Grammar)
    • Men's Junior 16 Double Sculls: Theo Stott (Harlaw Academy) & Conrad Forbes (Albyn School)
    • Men's Junior 15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Daniel Lynch (Harlaw Academy), Miles Beeson, (Albyn School) Aidan Graham (Cults Academy), Sam Kelso (Albyn School) coxed by Emma Quinn (Aberdeen Grammar)
    • Women's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Abigail Topp (Kemnay Academy), Ellie Andrew (Mackie Academy), Stephanie Low ( Grammar School), Alyssa Egido (St Machar Academy), coxed by Ross Napier (Robert Gordon's College)
    • Women's Junior 15 Double Sculls: Abigail Topp (Kemnay Academy) & Alyssa Egido (St. Machar Academy)
    • Men's Junior 15 Double Sculls : Daniel Lynch ( Harlaw Academy) & Aidan Graham (Cults Academy)
    • Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Seth Turner (Cults Academy), Chris Bardas (Harlaw Academy), Jeremy Graham (Cults Academy), Jakub Zbikowski, coxed by Sam Kelso (Albyn School)

    Congratulations to all who took part in what was a terrific team effort.

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    World Junior Rowing Championships

     

    The photograph shows ASRA's Gregor Duncan (17) rowing at four in the GB Eight at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday 8th August. The crew in the end came 5th in a closely fought final. It is an immense achievement to be selected to row at world level for the GB Junior Squad and Gregor is only the second boy in ASRA's history to have done so. The first was our Lewis "Nutter" McCue ,who just a week ago won silver at the World Under 23 Rowing Championships in Bulgaria. Both are eligible to row again at the same level next year.

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    British Rowing Junior Championships

    At the British Rowing Junior Championships held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July at the Scottish National Rowing Centre, Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, ASRA athletes medalled in a total of 5 categories and came an impressive third in the overall club rankings at the event.


    Gold
    • Women's Junior 16 Coxless Pairs: Sade Hudgell-Igweke & Sam Cassidy
    Silver
    • Men's Junior 18 Coxless Fours: Lawrence Jennings, Gregor Pittendreigh, Andrew Main & Alistair Frost
    Bronze
    • Men's Junior 18 Eight: Lawrence Jennings, Ollie Kinghorn, Alistair Frost, Gregor Pittendreigh, Andrew Main, Calum Bird, Jacob Turner & Ross Napier, coxed by Michael McRory
    • Men's Junior 15 Single Sculls: Robert Powell
    • Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Daniel Lynch, Miles Beeson, Aidan Graham & Sam Kelso, coxed by Michael McRory

     

    Following these results as well as outstanding performances at the Scottish Rowing Championships, 11 ASRA athletes in total have been chosen to row for Scotland at the Home Countries InternationaI Regatta at Strathclyde Park next weekend - Lawrence Jennings , Gregor Pittendreigh, Andrew Main, Alistair Frost, Ollie Kinghorn and Michael McRory feature in the junior men's squad and Sade Hudgell-Igweke and Sam Cassidy will be joined by Katherine Lawrie, Cara Napier, Cara Leslie, Amy Fraser and Molly McAra in the junior women's squad.

    Meanwhile, as a result of a series of brilliant individual performances at GB Final Trials in Nottingham, ASRA's Gregor Duncan has been selected to stroke the GB Junior Eight at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rio de Janeiro from the 5th to the 9th August.

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    Home Countries International Regatta

    At the 2015 Home Countries International Regatta held on Saturday 25th June at the Scottish National Rowing Centre, Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, ASRA's thirteen Scottish caps, despite spirited performances all round, struggled for the most part in the lashing rain to get the better of their opposite numbers from the other home nations.

    The best ASRA performance of the day came in the Women's Junior Coxless Fours race, where Sade Hudgell-Igweke, Katherine Lawrie, Cara Napier and Sam Cassidy, having disposed of the challenge from Ireland and Wales in some style early in the contest, disappointingly failed to match the power and fitness level of their English rivals - the British National Champions in the event from Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club in the second kilometre of the race.

    In the Men's Junior Coxless Fours race, which was won at a canter by the Irish quartet from Portora Boat Club, our silver medallists from the British National Championships - Lawrence Jennings, Alistair Frost, Andrew Main and Gregor Pittendreigh - drew some consolation from managing to turn the table on last week's gold medallists from the King's School, Canterbury, but were just pipped for second place by Wales in a nail-biting dash for the line.

    Well done to all our athletes and our coaching team for their hard work during the year and leading up to the event and special thanks to Amy Fraser and her 15 year old partner Cara Leslie, who, having been asked at the last minute by the Scottish Management Team to sub into the Women's Junior Coxless Pairs event, put in a truly gutsy ASRA performance. of which they and we can all be proud.
    ASRA's former pupils were also in great form. Brilliant golds went to Amelia Donovan (Edinburgh Uni) in Women's Senior Coxless Fours and Women's Senior Eights and to Ian Walker (Aberdeen Uni) in Men's Lightweight Coxless Pairs, whilst Gary Wilson (Aberdeen Boat Club), by coming second in Men's Senior Doubles, Men's Senior Coxless Quads and Men's Senior Eights made a massive contribution to the points total which gave the Men's Senior Team Trophy to Scotland for a second year in succession.

     

     

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    Inter-Schools Regatta

    On Saturday 20th June ASRA hosted the 7th Aberdeen Inter-Schools Regatta, the regatta in which annually members of ASRA's individual feeder schools form scratch crews to compete for two cups - the Aberdeen Inter-Schools Cup for beginners (the so-called "wet starts") and the Elliot Cup for more experienced rowers.

    In the Elliot Cup competition, some 40 ASRA members from 10 different educational establishments across the region relished the opportunity to row against their clubmates in their own school colours. As last year the final, raced in coxed quads over 400 metres, saw an exciting race-off between pupils from Cults Academy and Albyn School with once more the honours going to the crew from Cults. Congratulations to the very talented Cults team: Sam Cassidy, Laura Barraclough, Gregor Duncan, Andrew Main, Jacob Turner, Seth Turner, Aidan Graham,Gregor Cooper & Daniel Smith.

     

    The Inter-School Cup went to two accomplished young "wet starts", also from Cults Academy, Jan Barraclough and Chris Rose. A great afternoon's racing watched by an impressive crowd of parents and supporters. Well done to all who took part and grateful thanks to our parent support group for organising the BBQ and the home -bake stalls.

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    Scottish Rowing Championships

    At the Scottish Rowing Championships held at the Scottish National Rowing Centre, Strathclyde Park, on the 13th & 14th June, ASRA crews won 18 golds and 5 silvers over the two days of the competition. Golds went to the following crews:

    Girls
    • Women's J18 Eights: Sade Hudgell-Igweke, Cara Napier, Katherine Lawrie, Ginny Douglas, Eilidh Thomson, Sam Cassidy, Cara Leslie & Amy Fraser, coxed by Molly McAra
    • Women's J18 Coxless Four: Amy Fraser, Cara Napier, Katherine Lawrie & Cara Leslie
    • Women's J16 Coxed Fours: Sade Hudgell-Igweke, Sam Cassidy, Cara Leslie & Molly McAra, coxed by Seth Turner
    • Women's J15 Coxed Fours: Cara Leslie, Fiona Emsley, Laura Barraclough & Emma Quinn, coxed by Amy Fraser
    • Women's J14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Abigail Topp, Ellie Andrew, Alyssa Egido & Megan Hewison, coxed by Seth Turner
    • Women's J14 Double Sculls: Alyssa Egido & Abigail Topp
    Boys
    • Men's J18 Eights: Jacob Turner, Ollie Kinghorn, Lawrence Jennings, Alistair Frost, Andrew Main, Gregor Pittendreigh, Calum Bird & Hamish Dunnett, coxed by Michael McCrory
    • Men's J18 Coxed Fours: Lawrence Jennings, Ollie Kinghorn, ,Gregor Duncan & Alistair Frost, coxed by Michael McCrory
    • Men's J 18 Coxless Fours: Lawrence Jennings, Gregor Pittendreigh, Andrew Main & Alistair Frost
    • Men's J16 Coxed Fours: Jacob Turner, Calum Bird, Hamish Dunnett & Ross Napier, coxed by Michael McCrory
    • Men's J15 Coxed Fours: Robert Powell, Conrad Forbes, Callum Bell & Theo Stott, coxed by Vaibhav Chetty
    • Men's J15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Robert Powell, Conrad Forbes, Callum Bell & Theo Stott, coxed by Vaibhav Chetty
    • Men's J15 Single Sculls: Robert Powell
    • Men's J14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Daniel Lynch, Miles Beeson, Aidan Graham & Sam Kelso, coxed by Michael McCrory
    • Men's J14 Double Sculls: Daniel Lynch & Aidan Graham
    • Men's J13 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Seth Turner, Chris Bardas, Jakub Zbikowski & Vaibhav Chetty, coxed by Ellie Andrew
    • Men's J13 Double Sculls: Seth Turner & Chris Bardas
    • Boyd Cup: Callum Bell, Conrad Forbes, Theo Stott & Emmanuel Egido, coxed by Michael McCrory

    Notable silvers went to Gregor Duncan & Ollie Kinghorn in Men's J18 Coxless Pairs, Daniel Lynch in Men's J14 Single Sculls, Abigail Topp in Women's Junior 13 Single Sculls and Chris Bardas in Men's J13 Single Sculls. Gregor Duncan also took a silver in Men's J18 Single Sculls.

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    Castle Semple Regatta

    On Saturday 30th May at the Castle Semple Regatta, Lochwinnoch, ASRA crews, still tired from their exertions at the National Schools Regatta the previous weekend, recorded a splendid total of 12 category wins, rowing in many cases above their actual rowing age.

    • Men's Open Fours: Gregor Duncan, Ollie Kinghorn, Lawrence Jennings & Alistair Frost, coxed by Seth Turner
    • Men's Restricted 2 Coxless Pairs: Lawrence Jennings & Alistair Frost
    • Men's Junior 15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Daniel Lynch, Miles Beeson, Aidan Graham & Sam Kelso, coxed by Laura Barraclough
    • Men's Junior 15 Double Sculls: Daniel Lynch & Aidan Graham
    • Men's Junior 15 Single Sculls: Robert Powell
    • Men's Junior 13 Double Sculls: Vaibhav Chetty & Jakub Zbikowski
    • Men's Junior 13 Single Sculls: Seth Turner
    • Mixed R2 Double Sculls: Andrew Main & Ginny Douglas
    • Mixed Novice Double Sculls: Lawrence Jenning & Katherine Lawrie
    • Women's R2 Eights: Cara Leslie, Molly McAra, Cecily Burnett-Stuart, Eilish Murphy, Katherine Lawrie, Ginny Douglas, Sam Cassidy & Sade Hudgell-Igweke, coxed by Emma Quinn
    • Women's R2 Fours: Cecily Burnett-Stuart, Eilish Murphy, Sam Cassidy & Sade Hudgell-Igweke
    • Women's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Megan Hewison, Ellie Andrew, Abigail Topp & Alyssa Egido, coxed by Stephany Low

    Well done to all who took part and made the day such a success, and particular thanks again to our long-suffering drivers.

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    National Schools Regatta

    On the 22nd - 24th May, 5,479 junior rowers from all over Great Britain descended on the English National Watersports Centre, Nottingham, to take part in the annual National Schools Regatta.
    ASRA entered a total of 10 crews and six of them battled successfully through gruelling time trials and semi-finals to reach the final of their event.

     

    Such was however the standard of the finals at this year's regatta, that ASRA's only medallists in the end were our Women's Junior 16 Coxless Pair - Sade Hudgell-Igweke and Sam Cassidy - who, having dominated their semi-final and having led most of the way in the final, were sadly out-powered by our nemises of last year from Glasgow Academy in the closing stages of the race.

    Congratulations to them on their hard-fought silver, but also to our other five finalists, who put in such magnificent, gut-busting performances in our colours to reach the last six in their event:

    • Men's Junior 18 Championship Coxless Pairs: Ollie Kinghorn & Gregor Duncan (4th)
    • Men's Junior 14 First Division Coxed Quadruple Sculls : Aidan Graham, Sam Kelso, Miles Beeson & Daniel Lynch, coxed by Michael McCrory (4th)
    • Men's Junior 18 Coxed Fours: Alistair Frost, Andrew Main, Gregor Pittendreigh ≈ Lawrence Jennings, coxed by Michael McCrory (5th)
    • Men's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Michael McCrory, Conrad Forbes, Robert Powell & Calum Bell, coxed by Seth Turner (6th)
    • Men's Junior 16 Coxless Fours: Ross Napier, Calum Bird, Hamish Dunnett & Jacob Turner (6th)

    Our thanks as always to the drivers, coaches and supporting parents without whom our participation in this premier event would not have been possible.

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    Strathclyde Park Regatta

    At the Strathclyde Park Regatta held on on the 25th & 26th April at the Scottish National Watersports Centre, Motherwell, athletes from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association won a total of 16 gold medals and silver. Gold medals in the order in which they were won were as follows:

    Saturday

    • Men's Junior 18 Coxless Fours: Alistair Frost, Andrew Main, Gregor Pittendreigh, Lawrence Jennings.
    • Women's Junior 16 Coxed Fours: Samantha Cassidy, Eilish Murphy, Cecily Burnett-Stuart, Sade Hudgell-Igweke, coxed by Emma Quinn
    • Men's Junior 13 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Vaibhav Chetty, Jakub Zbikowski, Christos Bardas, Seth Turner, coxed by Laura Barraclough
    • Women's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Molly McAra, Laura Barraclough, Fiona Emsley, Cara leslie, coxed by Emma Quinn
    • Women's Restricted 2 Eights: Samantha Cassidy, Amy Fraser, Cecily Burnett-Stuart, Cara Napier, Katherine Lawrie, Ginny Douglas, Eilidh Thomson, Sade Hudgell-Igweke, coxed by Emma Quinn
    • Women's Junior 14 Double Sculls: Ellie Andrew , Abigail Topp

    Sunday

    • Men's Junior 18 Eights: Ross Napier, Hamish Dunnett, Calum Bird, Andrew Main, Alistair Frost, Lawrence Jennings, Gregor Pittendreigh, Jacob Turner, coxed by Michael McCrory.
    • Women's Junior 18 Coxless Pairs: Samantha Cassidy, Sade Hudgell-Igweke
    • Men's Junior 13 Double Sculls: Christos Bardas, Seth Turner
    • Women's Junior 15 Eights: Ellie Andrew, Alyssa Egido, Emma Quinn, Abigail Topp, Molly McAra, Laura Barraclough, Fiona Emsley, Cara Leslie, coxed by Michael McCrory
    • Women's Junior 18 Coxless Fours: Samantha Cassidy, Amy Fraser, Cecily Burnett-Stuart, Sade Hudgell-Igweke
    • en's Junior 18 Coxed Fours: Alistair Frost, Andrew Main, Gregor Pittendreigh, Lawrence Jennings, coxed by Michael McCrory
    • Men's Restricted 2 Eights: Ross Napier, Calum Bird, Hamish Dunnett, Jacob Turner, Alex Brown, Emmanuel Egido, Robert Powell, Conrad Forbes, coxed by Michael McCrory.
    • Men's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Conrad Forbes, Michael McCrory, Robert Powell, Callum Bell, coxed by Jakub Zbikowski
    • Men's Junior 14 Double Sculls: Sam Kelso, Aidan Graham
    • Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Sam Kelso, Aidan Graham, Miles Beeson, Daniel Lynch, coxed by Seth Turner

     

     

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