Ailie is the golden girl at World Masters regatta

Ailie Ord (right) and her crew celebrate picking up Scotland's final medal of the regatta and her sixth of the event overall.
Ailie Ord (right) and her crew celebrate picking up Scotland's final medal of the regatta and her sixth of the event overall.

Strathclyde Park Rowing Club president Ailie Ord enjoyed great success representing Scotland at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Italy.

Ailie from Bothwell left Varese with a haul of six medals, including four golds, while fellow Strathclyde Park members Liz Davidson and Tow Hewitt also made visits to the podium.

The event saw a record number of entries from all over the world with approximately 3,500 rowers competing and over 9,000 racing seats occupied over the two full and two half days of racing.

Strathclyde Park Rowing Club had a strong contingent to face competition from a mix of ex-Olympians, ex-national champions, club rowers and some relatively new to the sport.

All of the club had a thoroughly enjoyable time in Italy making the most of the wonderful setting and comradeship.

Ailie earned her first medal with silver in the women’s D coxed four, and then revisited the presentation pontoon with Liz as the pair won the C quad sculls.

The victories continued for Ailie in both the C and D doubles, the C pairs, as well as the B quads, but narrowly missed a second medal with Liz in the D quads.

Meanwhile, Tom had a nail biting race to come second in the G quads age group.

Also representing Strathlcyde Park were Mary O’Toole and Graham Troy who posted a personal best time, but wasn’t quite enough for a medal, while Liz and Tom teamed up to finished in the middle of the pack.

The D4x brought the Scots their final medal of the regatta and naturally Ailie was in the thick of the action as her crew crossed the line in second.