Scotland Rowing Team Make History At The Home International Regatta In Cork

The Scotland Rowing Team produced its best ever performance at the 2014 Home International Regatta in Cork, Ireland, winning gold medals in a record 17 events as well as taking the senior men’s and women’s matches and the overall team event.

A day that started with quiet optimism soon turned into elation as Leander Club’s Harry Leask started off the Scottish success in the fourth race of the day with a clear water victory over England in the junior men’s single scull.

Scotland dominated the coxless pair’s events winning 4 out of the 6 races including the lightweight women (Emma McDonald and Rebecca Lightfoot – Glasgow University), lightweight men (Tom Claxton and Kieran Brown – Edinburgh University), junior women (Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow – Glasgow Academy) and senior women (Sam Fowler and Karen Bennett – Molesey Boat Club).

With ‘Flower of Scotland’ belting out and the Scottish saltire making a regular appearance on the podium at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Wood, the Scottish team built up some momentum and 3 back-to-back wins followed in the women’s and men’s coxed fours and the lightweight women’s double scull, giving Glasgow University’s Emma McDonald and Rebecca Lightfoot their second medals of the day.

There was further McDonald success in the junior women’s double scull when Emma’s younger sister Laura teamed up with Katy McDonald to win gold from England, rounding off an excellent season for the young George Watson’s College duo, who had recently won the junior 16 double sculls at the British Rowing Championships and also the GB France Junior 16 match.

Next on the podium was Scotland’s women’s double scull, represented by Georgina Grandfield and Elizabeth Crighton of Edinburgh University Boat Club. Crighton had been in the winning coxed four less than an hour earlier and she and Grandfield struck up a lovely rhythm to destroy the rest of the field and finish over 7 seconds ahead of England.

The men’s double scull joined their female counterparts on the podium however they were forced to work extremely hard for their win as they had to row through their Welsh opposition in the final 500 metres of their race. Stroked by Edinburgh University Boat Club’s James Scott and backed up by Aberdeen Boat Club’s Gary Wilson in the bow seat, the Scottish crew had lifted their rate and timed the race to perfection, much to the delight of the on looking Scottish support.

For more information, visit the Scottish rowing website