Rowing season gets underway

STRATHCLYDE Park hosts the two-day Scottish Students Rowing Championships this weekend.

There will be a total of 670 boats competing over the weekend and racing takes place from 9am on Saturday morning and 8.30 am on Sunday morning.

The youngest competitors are under 14, and the oldest will be in the 65+ age range, many of whom will be racing on an Olympic course for the first time.

As well as some of the top class Scottish athletes, the entry is larger than last year and includes people travelling from Durham, Runcorn and Newcastle to take part.

Scottish Rowing communications officer Carol Wallace said: “This is the first multi-lane regatta of the Scottish Rowing season and will give the Scottish selectors an indication of how the athletes are performing.

“Some of these athletes will be trying to impress and gain a Scottish jersey to compete against Wales, Ireland and England in Cardiff later in the summer.

“Not only will there be competitors from south of the border, there will be officials travelling from all over Britain as well as an umpire coming from Holland to help the regatta run smoothly.”

The medals are being supplied by Lanarkshire company, James Paterson, who are also donating a Victor Ludorum Trophy.