Rowers’ international call

Strathclyde Park's (l-r) Gillian Connal, Natalie Irvine and Graham Ord with support team member Ailie Ord (far, left).
Strathclyde Park's (l-r) Gillian Connal, Natalie Irvine and Graham Ord with support team member Ailie Ord (far, left).

Three members of Strathclyde Park Rowing Club represented Scotland in the Home International Regatta at Nottingham.

Natalie Irvine and Gillian Connal, having won both the women’s open double and quadruple scull events at the Scottish Championships in June, were up against an England crew who had beaten them at Henley.

This time the Strathclyde Park pair felt stronger and led from the start. The girls powered on but were overcome in the last 500m by the English and had to settle for second.

Irvine and Connall were also in the Scottish quadruple scull team who were soon behind the English pacesetters. The four Scottish girls pushed hard in the last 500m, but it was not quite enough and it was another second place.

Club colleague Graham Ord competed in the boys’ pairs, with University of Edinburgh teammate Tom Claxton, and the eights with fellow Scots from Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Following their bronze medal at the National Junior Championships the previous weekend, Ord and Claxton were out for revenge and pushed strongly for the full 2km to overcome their
English and Welsh
rivals.

Unfortunately, the previously unseen crew from
Ireland finished well and won.

In the eights race the other teams were too strong for the newly-formed Scottish crew, but the full weekend was a great experience for all involved.

Strathclyde Park members now look forward to the British Championships in October.