Rowers give best in British

STRATHCLYDE Park Rowing Club members defied poor weather to score success at the national rowing championships in Nottingham.

Against strong competition from across the UK, members achieved success in both junior and senior events.

In the junior events Janey Campbell, Natalie Irvine, Rosie Young and Carla Santoni won gold in the WJ16 Quad, Sean Cassidy and Andrew Barton won silver in the Open J18 Pairs, and Natalie Irvine and Fiona O'prey took bronze in the WJ15 Double.

In an impressive first season competing in senior events, Joseph Barton teamed up with Daniel Shankland, from Castle Semple Rowing Club, to win bronze in the Open Men's Lightweight Pairs.

Peter Barton, Strathclyde Park Rowing Club president and coach, said: "This was a fantastic team performance across the club.

"Everyone coped well with the severe weather conditions which badly affected the racing programme. We entered eight boats in the competition, six of which reached the finals, four returning with medals. It was a great result and one we can all be proud of.

"For Fiona O'Prey, who joined the club only in February, to medal in her first national competition shows her commitment and determination, and bodes well for the future.

"The sustained high performance of our J16 Quad resulted in an emphatic win for the girls over their UK rivals and for Sean and Andrew, who were unable to compete in the recent Scottish championships due to injury, a silver medal was just reward after the long racing season.

"In the senior events Joseph and Danny, following on from their exceptional success at the Scottish championships, continue to punch above their weight – a remarkable achievement in their first season in the open men's competition. "

Based on their performances, Sean, Andrew, Joseph and Danny have been selected to represent Scotland at this year's Home International Regatta in Ireland.

The club continues its search for financial sponsorship – further details are on the club's website at www.sprc.freeserve.co.uk