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2009 -Scottish Rowing Championships

At the Scottish Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Park on 13th and 14th June, ASRA crews won gold in a total of 18 events over the two days of the regatta. The results are quoted in the order in which the events were won.

Saturday

  • Men's Junior 15 Double Sculls: Robert Hamlet & Blair Sorbie
  • Women's Junior 14 Coxed Fours: Bethan Roger, Katy Malone, Morven Shaw & Amelia Donovan coxed by Lily Taylor
  • Schools' Project Coxed Quad Sculls - (Final 1): Callum Taylor, George Turner, Tom Cook & George Colleron coxed by Oliver
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  • Men's Under 16 Coxed Fours: Blair Sorbie, Niall Rundle, Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace coxed by Niall Ford
  • Women's Junior 16 Coxed Fours: Christie Duff, Morven Shaw, Rachael Hadjitofi,& Holly Reid coxed by Lily Taylor
  • Women's Junior 18 Coxless Fours: Rosemary Morton, Catriona Bain, Iona Riley & Jamie Steel
  • Schools' Project Coxed Quad Sculls - (Final 2): Ailsa Swanney, Erin Coghill, Kirsty Wright, & Abbie Cartwell coxed by Patrick Tawns
  • Men's Junior 12 Coxed Quads: Christian Lihou, Ben McCall, Jordan Roger & Bruce Sorbie coxed by Christie Duff
  • Men's Junior 15 Single Sculls: Blair Sorbie

Sunday

  • Men's Junior 16 Coxless Pairs: Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace
  • Women's Junior 18 Coxed Fours: Rosemary Morton, Catriona Bain, Iona Riley & Jamie Steel coxed by Lily Taylor
  • Men's Junior 16 Eights: Nicolas Riddoch, Grant Ross, Christy Masson, Blair Sorbie, Robert Hamlet, Niall Rundle, Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace coxed by Niall Ford
  • Women's Junior 16 Quad Sculls: Christie Duff, Rachael Hadjitofi, Rosemary Morton & Holly Reid
  • Women's Junior 15 Coxed Fours: Morven Shaw, Christie Duff, Emily Geddes & Holly Reid coxed by Lily Taylor
  • Women's Junior 13 Coxed Quads: Erin Wyness, Emily Duff, Kiera Paterson & Amelia Donovan coxed by Emily Thomson
  • Men's Junior 12 Sculls: Bruce Sorbie
  • Men's Junior 14 Coxed fours: Elliot Bruce, Cameron Gordon, Yinghuan Huang & Lewis McCue coxed by Lily Taylor
  • Women's Junior 16 Coxless Pairs: Rosemary Morton & Rachael Hadjitofi

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2009 - Aberdeen Inter-Schools Regatta

On Saturday 6th June under the auspices of the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association the first ever Aberdeen Inter-Schools Regatta took place on the Dee. Representatives from six participating schools - Albyn School, Bankhead Academy, Cults Academy, Harlaw Academy, Hazlehead Academy and Kincorth Academy - took part in the 39 knock-out races for the Aberdeen Inter-Schools Cup. Outright winners in the end were the boys from Cults Academy - Callum Taylor, George Colleron, George Turner and Tom Cook, coxed by Tom Reevel of AUBC.

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The regatta was the culmination of months of work by the Lottery Funded ASRA Development Coach - Colin Wallace - and his supporting team recruited from AUBC, RGU and ASRA present and former pupils who together have been introducing the sport of rowing to schools across the city.

A big thank you to all the parents and helpers who helped to make a success of this event.

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Castle Semple Regatta

At the Castle Semple Regatta, Lochwinnoch, on Saturday 30th May, crews from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association, with two girls from the Inverness Rowing Club, won the inaugural Inter Regional Championship of Scotland for Team North. The most outstanding contribution to the team total was made by the ASRA Junior Under 15 boys qaud - Nic Riddoch, Lewis McCue, Robert Hamlet & Blair Sorbie coxed by Niall Ford. In the open events ASRA crews racked up a total of 7 wins.

  • Men's R2 Pairs - Oliver Hamlet & Gary Wilson
  • Women's J16 Fours - Christie Duff, Morven Shaw, Rachael Hadjitofi & Holly Reid coxed by Emily Geddes
  • Men's J16 Fours - Robert Hamlet, Niall Rundle, Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace coxed by Niall Ford.
  • Men's J15 Doubles - Robert Hamlet & Blair Sorbie
  • Women's J13 Quads - Emily Duff, Kiera Paterson, Erin Wyness &amo; Amelia Donovan coxed by Emily Geddes
  • Women's J13 Doubles - Emily Duff & Amelia Donovan
  • Women's J13 Single - Amelia Donovan
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National Schools' Regatta, Nottingham

At the prestigious National Schools' Regatta, Nottingham, held from 22nd - 24th May at the English National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, all five Aberdeen Schools' Rowing Association crews successfully passed from the time trials into the semi-finals of their events. The Boys' Junior 14 Quad, Junior 15 Doubles and the Junior 16 Coxed Fours failed to progress at that stage, but the Girls' Junior 16 and Junior 18 Coxed fours both won their semi-finals in style to move on to their respective finals. The Girls' Junior 16 quartet - Christie Duff, Morven Shaw, Rachael Hadjitofi & Holly Reid coxed by Emily Geddes - after a horrendous start in their final, clawed their way back into contention and were unlucky to cross the line in fourth position in the wake of the St. George's College crew they had already beaten in the semi-final. Pride of place has to go again however to our 2008 Home Countries Champions- Rosie Morton, Iona Riley, Catriona Bain & Jamie Steel coxed by Lily Taylor - who had to interrupt their Highers' preparations to make this trip at all. After a dream start where they took a length off the English Inter-Regional champions from Stratford-on-Avon, the ASRA girls dominated the 2K race until the last 10 metres where (à la Katherine Grainger) they succumbed to a tremendous push from the English girls to lose in a photo-finish by a heart-breaking 0.25 seconds. Silver this time around, but they will lock horns with the Stratford quartet again at Women's Henley in June (if they can raise a suitable sponsor!) and in any case at the National Championships of Great Britain in Nottingham in July.

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Annual Scottish Amateur Rowing Association Awards

At the Annual Scottish Amateur Rowing Association Awards ceremony at the National Rowing Academy, Motherwell on Sunday 23rd November, the award for the 2008 Crew of the Year went to the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association Women's Under 16 Quartet - Rosie Morton, Iona Riley, Catriona Bain & Jamie Steel - who in June this year came second overall in the WJ16 GB trials and represented GB in Valenciennes, went on to win Women's Junior 16 Coxed Fours at the National Championships of Great Britain and rounded off their summer programme by winning Women's Junior Coxless Fours for Scotland at the Home Countries International Match on Cardiff Bay. The trophy was presented by Scottish Olympian, Katherine Grainger.

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Aberdeen Small Boats & Fours HORR

At the Aberdeen Small Boats Head on Sunday 16th November, ASRA won all 9 of the Junior events on offer. There were exciting internal tussles at all age levels, but two results were particularly outstanding.

Gary Wilson came a brilliant first out of 14 in Men's Novice Sculls against opposition from Heriot Watt, Dundee, Robert Gordon's & Aberdeen Universities and Rosie Morton totally upset the form book in the Women's J18 category by beating all her ASRA HIR team-mates for the first time. In so doing she beat the time of First Division Open Winner and GB Under 23 International, Stephanie McDowell.

At the Aberdeen Fours Head of the River on Saturday 15th November, ASRA racked up a total of 7 category wins, four of them against welcome opposition from our old rivals from George Heriot's School of Edinburgh.

These were:

• Open Men's Junior 18 Fours: Lewis Masson, Jonnay Wright, Oliver Hamlet, Gary Wilson (cox Petar Spanovic)

• Women's Junior 18 Fours: Rosie Morton, Iona Riley, Catriona Bain, Jamie Steel (cox Erin Wyness)

• Open Men's Junior 15 Fours: Lewis McCue, Nicholas Riddoch, Blair Sorbie, Robert Hamlet (cox Lily Taylor)

• Women's Junior 15 Fours: Christie Duff, Emily Geddes, Holly Reid, Morven Shaw (cox Amelia Donovan)

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Glasgow HORR

At the Glasgow Rowing Club Head of the River Race on the Clyde on Saturday 1st November, crews from the Association won four divisional titles.

Our Home Countries Champions - Rosie Morton, Iona Riley, Catriona Bain & Jamie Steel coxed by Niall Ford - showed that they had lost little of their form since their triumph on Cardiff Bay in July as they won the Women's Junior 18 title by over a minute from their nearest rivals from Strathclyde Park.

Our promising J16 boys - Grant Ross, Niall Rundle, Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace coxed by Emily Geddes - were the fastest junior boys in the First Division.

Our minis too covered the 5 kilometre course in fine style with Morven Coghill, Emily Duff, Amelia Donovan & Erin Wyness coxed by Lily Taylor winning Women's Novice Coxed Quads and Niall Ford, Danny McCue, Yinglun Huang & Cameron Gordon coxed by Jamie Steel winning Open Under 13 Coxed Quad title.

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Durham Sprint Regatta

ASRA was at the Durham Primary Sprint Regatta on 27th September for the first time with a result of 10 event wins. Held on the river Wear, all races were very close and showed the good level of competition to be found in North England. Everyone will hopefully take lessons away from the weekend and spur the club on to train hard through the winter to move forward.

The event wins are as follows:

• Women's Senior 3 coxed quads - Jamie, Catriona, Iona, Ruth, Niall

• Women's Senior 4 double scull - Rachel, Fiona;

• Women's Junior 18 double scull - Iona, Catriona

• Women's Junior 14 coxed quads - Morven, Erin, Emily D, Amelia, Lily

• Women's Junior 13 double scull - Emily D, Amelia

• Men's Senior 4 coxed four - Ollie, Gary, Jonnay, Lewis, Jamie

• Men's Novice coxed four - Ollie, Christy, Grant, Lewis, Keira

• Men's Junior 15 double scull - Robert, Nic

• Men's Junior 15 coxed quads - Robert, Nic, Lewis, Chris, Ying

• Men's New To Sport double scull - Peter, Chris Well done to everyone who travelled to Durham.

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Aberdeen Sprint Regatta

At the Aberdeen Sprint Regatta on the River Dee on the 13th of September, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association crews won a total of 26 events at both Junior and Senior levels.

Almost a clean sweep at Junior level as might have been expected with the only competition being provided by Inverness Rowing Club and St. Andrew Boat Club of Edinburgh, but excellent performances overall by our beginners from the Aberdeen Schools Lottery Funded Dry Start programme and outstanding wins by our older boys and girls against adult opposition indicate strength in depth at all levels within the club and promise well for the season ahead.

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Home Countries International Regatta

At the Home Countries International Regatta in Cardiff on Saturday 26th July, the ASRA Women's Junior 16 Coxless Four - Rosie Morton, Catriona Bain, Iona Riley & Jamie Steel - recorded a resounding victory over the other home nations to win gold for Scotland in the opening race of the regatta. Having dropped the girls from England & Wales by the 1000 metre mark, our girls fought stroke for stroke with a determined Irish select for the remaining 500 metres of the race to run out in the end deserved winners by a length. This was the culmination of three weeks of intensive preparation and competition at the highest level for the girls from Aberdeen. On the 13th July, they were capped for Great Britain in the GB v France Match in Valenciennes and a week later on the 20th July they were winning gold in Women's Junior 16 Coxed Fours & silver in Women's Junior 18 Coxless Fours in Nottingham at the National Rowing Championships of Great Britain. Two days at home in three weeks for arguably the most talented Women's Junior Under 16 quartet in the history of ASRA!

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National Championships of GB

At the National Championships of Great Britain at the weekend Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association came back with a gold and silver medal. Jamie Steel, Catriona Bain, Iona Riley, Rosie Morton and coxed by Emily Geddes won the Women's Junior 16 coxed fours event comfortably in an outstanding row. They led from the start and were not challenged throughout. The same crew then raced in Women's Junior 18 coxless fours and came a solid second placed. The girls will now be travelling to Cardiff to represent Scotland at the Home International Regatta.

Other notable performances included the Men's Junior 14 double scull coming 5th in the final after being seeded a very poor lane due to the prevailing wind and our Junior 18 coxless four who came 6th in the final with a good row. Unfortunately, the two quads were both knocked out in the first round. Although they both had brilliant rows it shows the high standard of British junior rowing.

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GB v France Match in Valenciennes

ASRA at Valenciennes As result of their success at the GB Under 16 Junior Trials on Wednesday 9th July at the National Watersports Centre, Nottingham, four girls from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association represented Great Britain at the annual GB v France Match in Valenciennes on Sunday 13th July. Rowing with girls from the prestigious Lady Eleanor Holles School, London, Rosie Morton (Robert Gordon's College), Catriona Bain (Aberdeen Grammar School), Iona Riley (Hazlehead Academy) and Jamie Steel (Harlaw Academy) made up the stroke four in the GB Eight. On the day, the ASRA/LEH composite put up a magnificent performance, rowing stroke for stroke with the French Eight for most of the 1500 metres. They faded however in the last 200 metres sprint to the line and ended up three quarters of a length down on the French in the end. The next time the ASRA quartet will meet up with their erstwhile GB teammates from LEH will be in the heats of the WJ16 Coxed Fours at the National Rowing Championships of Great Britain in Nottingham on Friday!

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Scottish Rowing Championships

Congratulations to all at ASRA who racked up an impressive 10 gold medals at the Scottish Rowing Championships 2008 at Strathclyde Park. On Saturday conditions were mixed with sun, rain and wind however the following crews excelled to bring home a medal:

• WJ15 4x+ - Rosie, Rachael, Fiona and Holly coxed by Niall F

• MJ14 4x+ - Blair, Robert, Nicholas and Lewis Mc coxed by Bruce

• WJ16 4+ - Jamie, Iona, Catriona and Rosie coxed by Emily G

On Sunday conditions were a lot more pleasant with sunshine for most of the day. The club managed to win the following races convincingly:

• WJ16 2- Catriona and Rachael

• MJ15 4+ - Atholl, Daniel, Niall R and Blair coxed by Bruce

• MJ154x+ - Atholl, Niall, Daniel and Roblert coxed by Niall F

• MJ16 8+ - Grant, Jonnay, Gary, Atholl, Daniel, Niall, Ollie and Lewis Ma coxed by Lewis Mc

• W Grieve Cup - Morven, Holly, Emily G and Christie D coxed by Emily D

• MJ14 2x - Robert, Blair

• WJ15 4+ - Rosie, Fiona, Rachael and Holly coxed by Emily D

Other notable performances include Iona in WJ16 1x who raced the race of her life to miss out the gold by an agonising 0.1 of a second, the MJ18 4+ who have shown massive improvement this year continued to do so with a brilliant race to come so close behind the mighty Watson's boys and Erin, Emily, Amelia and Bruce in their quad to come 1.4 seconds away from a strong Nithsdale opposition.

Thanks have to go to everyone who helped out with our 32 extra members that day tripped down on Saturday. As always it was great to see a high level of parental support throughout the weekend especially on our return to Aberdeen.

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National Schools Championships

The National Schools Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, - scheduled to take place from 23rd - 25th May - were called off half-way through Saturday after 4 Boys' Eights were swamped and conditions were rightfully deemed thereafter to be too dangerous to continue.

This was of course a bitter disappointment for our J18 Schoolgirls' Coxed Four and our J16 Double who had trained so hard for the event and it was left to our younger boys to keep the ASRA colours flying.

On Friday our J14 Coxed Quad (Nic Riddoch, Robert Hamlet, Blair Sorbie & Lewis McCue with cox Emily Geddes) sailed through the processional in 10th place out of 21 and were unlucky in a strong semi-final to lose out on a position in the final by a mere 4.5 seconds - a boat-length in old money.

On Saturday our J15 Coxed Four (Blair Sorbie, Niall Rundle, Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace with cox Lewis McCue) claimed a highly respectable 8th place out of 19 in the processional and were looking forward to doing even better in the next round. This however was not to be and the worsening weather conditions compelled the organisers to cancel any further competition at this level and to award the medals according to the places gained in the processional. Our boys ended up 10 seconds short of the bronze medal time.

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Castle Semple Regatta

At the Castle Semple Regatta, Lochwinnoch, on the 17th May ASRA crews won two events.

• Men's Junior 18 Fours: Oliver Hamlet, Lewis Morton, Jonathan Wright & Lewis Masson (cox Niall Ford)) - beating George Heriot's School for the first time this season in a hard fought straight final.

• Women's Novice Coxed Quads: Lauren Moore, Christie Duff, Morven Shaw & Emily Geddes (cox Fiona McKinnon) - our J14 girls (!) beating seven other club crews from Glasgow Academy, St. Andrew Boat Club( Edinburgh), Loch Lomond, Clydesdale, Clyde, Castle Semple & Strathclyde Park.

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Strathclyde Park Regatta

At the Strathclyde Park Regatta, Motherwell, on the 26th & 27th of April, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association crews brought home a total of 13 golds over the two days.

Girls

  • WR2 Coxed Fours: Rosie Morton, Iona Riley, Lucy Bonnamy & Jamie Steel (cox Emily Geddes)
  • WJ 16 Coxed Fours: Rosie Morton, Iona Riley, Catriona Bain & Jamie Steel (cox Emily Geddes)
  • WJ 16 Coxless Quads: Rachel Hadjitofi, Iona Riley, Catriona Bain & Jamie Steel
  • WJ 16 Doubles: Iona Riley & Jamie Steel
  • WJ 15 Coxed Fours: Emily Geddes, Fiona McKinnon, Rachael Hadjifofi & Rosie Morton (cox Niall Ford)
  • WJ 15 Coxed Quads: Holly Reid, Fiona McKinnon, Rosemary Morton & Rachel Hadjitofi (cox Emily Geddes)
  • WJ 14 Coxed Quads: Emily Geddes, Holly Reid, Christie Duff & Morven Shaw (cox Emily Duff)
  • WJ 12 Doubles: Emily Duff & Erin Wyness
  • WJ 12 Single Sculls: Erin Wyness

Boys

  • MJ 15 Coxed Fours: Blair Sorbie, Niall Rundle, Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace (cox Bruce Sorbie)
  • MJ 15 Coxed Quads : Robert Hamlet, Niall Rundle, Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace (cox Bruce Sorbie)
  • MJ 14 Coxed Fours: Nicolas Riddoch, Lewis McCue, Robert Hamlet & Blair Sorbie (cox Bruce Sorbie)
  • MJ 14 Doubles: Robert Hamlet & Blair Sorbie

Notable silvers went to our senior girls in Women's Junior 18 Coxed Fours who lost out to a highly rated Strathclyde Park quartet by a nail-biting 1 second and to our Men's J16 Double - Atholl Wallace & Gary Wilson - who finally managed to split the all conquering Watson's College Doubles in the seven boat final of that event.

Congratulations to all who took part, our thanks to the parents and supporters who made the long journey to the Park to support us and once again particular thanks to the parents who rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the tedious task of trailer unloading at the end of an exhausting weekend's racing. Incidentally we share the concerns of many parents about the length of each day's racing at the SPR and will be writing to SARA with the recommendation that the Uni. Champs. be made a separate event.

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Aberdeen & NE Regatta

At the Aberdeen & NE Regatta on the 19th & 20th April, ASRA athletes racked up a total of 8 open & 10 junior wins against formidable local opposition from Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University, Victoria Bridge Rowing Club and Aberdeen Boat Club to win the Championship of the Dee outright for the first time since 2004. Our girls once again were responsible for the majority of our open victories.

  • Women's R2 Eights: Holly Reid, Fiona McKinnon, Rosemary Morton, Rachael Hadjitofi, Catriona Bain, Iona Riley, Lucy Bonnamy & Jamie Steel (cox Emily Geddes)
  • Women's R2 Fours: (Saturday & Sunday) Rosemary Morton, Iona Riley, Lucy Bonnamy & Jamie Steel (cox Emily Geddes)
  • Women's Novice Fours: Morven Shaw, Holly Reid, Fiona McKinnon, & Rosemary Morton (cox Niall Ford)
  • Women's R2 Sculls: Iona Riley
  • Women's Novice Sculls: Catriona Bain
  • Men's R2 Doubles: Colin Wallace & Scott Purdie
  • Men's R2 Sculls: Colin Wallace

In our ASRA v ASRA races there were a great many close run things. Great preparation for Strathclyde Park Regatta next weekend. Congratulations to winners and losers for providing such an entertaining display of pretty impressive junior rowing. Category winners were:

  • Mixed J12 Sculls: Bruce Sorbie
  • Mixed J13 Quads: Lauren Moore, Emily Duff, Katy Harrower & Bruce Sorbie
  • Women's J14 Doubles: Emily Geddes & Christie Duff
  • Men's J14 Doubles: Robert Hamlet & Blair Sorbie
  • Men's J15 Doubles: Niall Rundle & Daniel McSherry
  • Men's J15 Four: Nicolas Riddoch, Lewis McCue,Robert Hamlet & Blair Sorbie
  • Women's J16 Fours: Rachael Hadjitofi, Fiona McKinnon, Catriona Bain & Jamie Steel
  • Men's J16 Fours: Blair Sorbie, Niall Rundle, Daniel McSherry & Atholl Wallace
  • Women's J16 Sculls: Catriona Bain
  • Men's J18 Pairs: Jonathan Wright & Lewis Masson

Grateful thanks as always to all the parents and friends who came along to support our crews.The coaches were also particularly pleased with the way in which our members helped each other off and onto the water without been dragooned into so doing. Well done, ASRA!

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Scottish Schools HORR

On Saturday 15th March at the Scottish Schools Head of the River Race held this year for the first time on the Forth & Clyde Canal between Banknock and Auchinstarry, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association crews won two divisional pennants.

Rosie Morton (Robert Gordon's College), Iona Riley (Hazlehead Academy), Catriona Bain (Aberdeen Grammar School) & Jamie Steel (Harlaw Academy) coxed by Niall Ford (Aberdeen Grammar School)) won the Women's Junior 16 Coxed Fours event and were the fastest female crew at the head beating the Women's J18 time by 2 seconds and Lewis McCue (Harlaw Academy), Nicolas Riddock (Harlaw Academy), Robert Hamlet, Blair Sorbie & cox Bruce Sorbie (all Robert Gordon's College) won the Men's Junior 14 Coxed Quads event in the fantastic time of 12 minute 35 seconds over the 4 kilometre course to take third place overall.

Boys J14 Quad at the Scottish Schools Head 2008

Our J15 Girls were only 9 seconds behind the winning Heriot's crew in WJ15 and our J15 Boys a disappointing, but not insurmountable 22 seconds behind the Clydesdale composite in their division. Three whole months to Scot. Champs. It's all about commitment between now and then.

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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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Aberdeen Eights Head of the River Races

At the Aberdeen Eights Head of the River Races on Saturday 23rd February, again in the absence of any junior opposition ASRA faced, as anticipated, a fierce backlash from the university clubs they had had rather shown up on the Caledonian Canal the previous weekend.

In the first division in the Women's R2 event, Aberdeen University had, as expected, beefed up their crew considerably since Inverness. They had however failed to register the fact with the organising committee, were duly disqualified and had therefore to concede victory in the end to our girls.

Our crew - unaltered from Inverness - Lucy Bonnamy, Iona Riley, Jamie Steel, Catriona Bain, Rachael Hadjitofi, Rosie Morton, Fiona McKinnon & Holly Reid and coxed by Niall Ford - were of course delighted to accept the pot, given the fact that they had shipped a blade twice in the course of the race. In the second division in the Women's Open event, our girls engaged the bank twice on the way up river in what turned out to be a thrilling race, going down finally to AUBC by 4 seconds.

Our boys failed to reproduce the form they had shown in Inverness, but put up creditable performances in both divisions against powerful university opposition in events dominated by the students from Heriot-Watt University.

ASRA turning into a fierce headwind at the railway bridge

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