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Double Gold in Munich for ASRA Athletes

At the 2022 Munich International Junior Regatta held on the Oberschleissheim Olympic rowing course on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of May, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association athletes Zoe Beeson and Maisie Aspinall both struck gold twice as members of the GB Under 19 rowing squad.

On Saturday in the A Final of the Junior Women’s Coxless Fours event, the GB Four - Annalisa Janss Lafond (Tideway Scullers) , Alice Baker(Kings School Worcester), Amy Newton (George Heriots School) and Maisie Aspinall (ASRA) fought their way to gold against top composites from all over Germany and eastern Europe and in the A Final of the Junior Women’s Coxless pairs event, Issie Magee (Headington School) and Zoe Beeson (ASRA) were unstoppable as they took gold for GB again by a margin of 13 seconds over their nearest German rivals.

On Sunday, GB rang the changes in their Women’s Coxless Four and the rerigged crew with Maisie Aspinall (ASRA), Amy Newton(George Heriots School), Issie Magee (Headington School) and Zoe Beeson (ASRA) in stroke seat demolished all comers in the A final of the event , crossing the finish line a massive 15 seconds ahead of their closest challengers.

In recognition of these outstanding performances, Zoe and Maisie have been selected to row for GB in the U19 Women’s Coxless Pairs event in the upcoming European U19 Rowing Championships on 21/22 May in Varese.

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ASRA at the GB U19 GB Rowing Trials

The GB Rowing Team Under 19 Regatta took place on Sunday 24th April at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, with Scotland’s junior rowers excelling despite the challenging circumstances.

In the women’s pairs event, ASRA's Maisie Aspinall and Zoe Beeson were the standout combination across both the time trial, which they won by over 5 seconds, and in their final.  Scotland demonstrated real strength in depth in this event producing 50% of the rowers who qualified for the A final.

A full account of the regatta can be found on the Scottish Rowing website using the following link:

https://www.scottish-rowing.org.uk/news/1035-scotlands-junior-rowers-excel-at-gb-rowing-team-under-19-regatta

 
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Scottish Rowing Spring Regatta 2022

The Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association attended the Scottish Rowing Spring Regatta on 23 & 24 April at Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, competing against crews from across Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland.  Sunny weather was accompanied by a strong cross wind and choppy water -  challenging conditions for the athletes but there were plenty of strong performances as the club took part in their first open regatta of the season.

Gold medals were won in the following races:

  • Women’s Junior 18 coxless pairs – Freya Hughson & Rosie Wilson.
  • Women’s Junior 18 coxed fours – Freya Hughson, Rosie Wilson, Gemma Collins & Sophia Brew, coxed by Rory Trythall.
  • Open Junior 18 coxed eights – Harris Pearce, Sam Doherty, Murray Bone, William Lawson, Christy Probart, Gregor Macleod, Henrik Gundersen & Callum Sherwood, coxed by Lily Arthur.
  • Open Junior 18 coxless fours – Murray Bone, Sam Doherty, William Lawson & Christy Probart.
  • Open Junior coxed fours – Harris Pearce, Magnus Heidenreich, Gregor Macleod & Magnus Lawson, coxed by Lily Arthur.
  • Open Junior 18 coxless pairs – Sam Doherty & Murray Bone
  • Open Junior 16 coxless pairs – Magnus Heidenreich & Harris Pearce
  • Open Junior 15 double sculls – Callum Sherwood & Jack Winton.
  • Open Junior 15 single sculls – Callum Sherwood.

Silver medals were awarded to:

  • Open Junior 15 coxed quadruple sculls – Callum Sherwood, Lily Arthur, Jack Winton & Gabrielle Topp, coxed by Mackenzie Reid.
  • Women’s Junior 14 single sculls – Gabrielle Topp
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The Bob Neill Scottish Schools Head of the River

On the 19th and 20th of March Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association hosted The Bob Neill Scottish Schools Head of the River on our home waters here on the Dee. It was a successful weekend with one hundred school children from across Scotland competing for their schools and clubs. ASRA walked away with a fantastic eighteen victories out of the twenty-eight titles competed for across the weekend, securing the Scottish Junior Club Team trophies in both sweeping and sculling. George Watson’s College took eight victories home to Edinburgh and The Glasgow Academy took home two. The ASRA winners were as follows:

Saturday Division 1

• OJ18 4+ Murray Bone, Sam Doherty, Christy Probart, William Lawson, cox: Sam Cordiner
• WJ18 4+ Rosie Wilson, Zoe Beeson, Maisie Aspinall, Freya Hughson, cox: Mackenzie Reid
• WJ16 4+ Charlotte Arthur, Emily Simpson, Sophie Sinclair, Anna Donald, cox: Ella Johnston
• WJ14 4x+ Grace Watt, Gabrielle Topp, Lily Arthur, Molly H (GWC), cox: Anna Taylor

Saturday Division 2

• OJ16 4x Harris Pearce, Magnus Lawson, Magnus Heidenreich, Gregor MacLeod
• OJ18 2x Murray Bone, Sam Doherty
• OJ15 2x Callum Sherwood, Jack Winton
• WJ18 4x Gemma Collins, Freya Cummine, Sophia Brew, Ella Brooks
• WJ18 2- Maisie Aspinall, Zoe Beeson
• WJ16 2x Maggie Seward, Sophie Sinclair

Sunday Division 1

• OJ18 4x Murray Bone, Sam Doherty, William Lawson, Christy Probart
• OJ16 2x Magnus Heidenreich, Harris Pearce
• WJ18 1x Maisie Aspinall
• W J14 1x Gabrielle Topp

Sunday Division 2

• WJ16 4x Emily Simpson, Charlotte Arthur, Sophie Sinclair, Maggie Seward
• OJ18 1x Murray Bone
• OJ16 1x Magnus Heidenreich
• OJ15 1x Callum Sherwood

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Aberdeen Head of the River Race

Despite the lack of outside junior competition at Aberdeen Head of the River Race ASRA put up a tough fight against senior competition to win a fantastic fourteen gold medals across the weekend. The eights racing on Saturday provided valuable practice to all three of the ASRA eights that are going on to race at the British Schools Head of the River on the 14th March on the Thames in London. Well done to all competitors across the two days, and see all of the weekend’s winners below:

Saturday

  • WNov8+ (Isla, Penny, Tamara, Sophie, Anna, Maggie, Emily, Sophie, cox: Luke)
  • O8+ (Sam C, Gregor, Henrik, Callum, Magnus L, Murray, Sam D, Harris, cox: Lily)
  • WJ18 8+ (Ella J, Ella B, Freya C, Gemma, Rosie, Zoe, Maisie, Freya H, cox: Jack)

Sunday

  • WJ18 2- (Maisie & Zoe)
  • OJ18 1x (Murray)
  • OJ16 2- (Harris & Magnus L)
  • WJ16 1x (Charlotte)
  • OJ18 2- (Murray & Sam D) 
  • WO 1x (Maisie)
  • OJ16 1x (Callum)
  • WR2 2- (Gemma & Sophia)
  • WJ18 1x (Freya H)
  • WJ16 2- (Maggie & Anna)
  • OJ14 2x (Iain & Rory)

 

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Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships 2022

Aberdeen Schools Rowing Success at International Event - Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships

On Saturday 21st January athletes from Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association faced off against tough competition from around the world. The club came away with several podium places for individual age group events and four team wins. Gabrielle Topp cinched the Women’s Junior 14 category win with an impressive 1078m in four minutes, narrowly defeating an athlete from Ringsten RC in Denmark in a very exciting battle for the line. Magnus Heidenriech won the Open Junior 16 2km event, by an impressive seven seconds, over the second placed athlete from George Watson’s College in Edinburgh. 

In the team races ASRA came away with a clean sweep of gold medals in the Junior 16 and Junior 18 categories. The Women’s Junior 16 team of Penny Irvine, Sophie Sinclair, Maggie Seward and Charlotte Arthur even broke their event record! The victorious Open Junior 16 team included Magnus Heidenreich, Magnus Lawson, Harris Pearce and Gregor Macleod. Murray Bone, Alex Fowler, William Lawson and Sam Doherty won the Open Junior 18 team event and Maisie Aspinall, Zoe Beeson, Freya Hughson and Rosie Wilson won the Women’s Junior 18 event.

The other podium-placing ASRA athletes of the day were:

  • Silver OJ15 – Callum Sherwood
  • Silver WJ16 – Sophie Sinclair
  • Bronze WJ12 - Katherine Taylor
  • Bronze WJ13 – Lottie Meakins
  • Bronze OJ18 – Murray Bone
  • Bronze WJ16 – Maggie Seward

 

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Inverness Fours and Small Boats Heads 2021

On the Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November 18 ASRA athletes took part in the Inverness Fours and Small Boats Heads on the Caledonian Canal.

Some very tough and close racing against the best of Scotland’s rowing juniors saw the club take home four gold medals:

  • Men’s Junior18 Coxless Pairs: Alex Fowler & William Lawson
  • Women’s Novice Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Lily Arthur, Penny Irvine, Gabrielle Topp & Erin Gibson, coxed by Iain Petty
  • Men’s Junior 16 Single Sculls: Magnus Heidenreich
  • Women’s Junior 15 Single Sculls: Gabrielle Topp

Meanwhile on Saturday, down at the Early ID Sculling Trials in Boston, Lincolnshire, ASRA’s sweep pair stars, Zoe Beeson and Maisie Aspinall, opened up their challenge for places in this year’s GB quad by coming in 20th and 22nd respectively in a field of 120.

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Aberdeen Fours Head 2021

On Saturday 6th November, despite the stormy weather conditions, ASRA put forward a large team of competitors to race at the local Aberdeen Fours Head of the River. There was a strong field from across Scotland but ASRA managed to cinch a few victories on the day:

Division 1:

  • OJ16 4+ Harris Pearce, Magnus Heidenreich, Magnus Lawson, and Gregor McLeod, coxed by Iain Petty
  • WJ18 4+ Zoe Beeson, Maisie Aspinall, Freya Hughson, and Ella Brooks, coxed by Lily Arthur

Division 2:

  • OJ18 4+ Murray Bone, Alex Fowler, Sam Doherty, and William Lawson, coxed by Sam Cordiner
  • WJ18 4- Zoe Beeson, Maisie Aspinall, Freya Hughson, and Sophia Brew
  • WJ16 4+ Emily Simpson, Charlotte Arthur, Sophie Sinclair and Tamara Brew, coxed by Erin Gibson

Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions, the Small Boats HOR on Sunday 7th November was cancelled, but ASRA, of course, replaced it with a similarly gruelling session indoors. Well done to all of the athletes who competed! 

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Tyne Long Distance Sculls & Small Boats Head

On Saturday 16 October, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) competed in the Tyne Long Distance Sculls and Tyne United Small Boats Head –time trials rowed over the 4500m course between Blaydon and Newburn, west of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

An early morning conversation with our hosts at Tyne Rowing Club about The Battle of Newburn Ford, was remarkably prescient as the athletes of ASRA demonstrated the skills, strength and determination necessary to dominate their coevals from the North East of England. On the day, ASRA’s twenty-two athletes came away with a fantastic ten wins out of the eleven categories they raced in.

Tyne LDS

  • Winners of Open Junior 16 Double Sculls – Magnus Heidenreich & Harris Pearce
  • Winners of Women’s Junior 17 Quadruple Sculls – Ella Brooks, Freya Cummine, Gemma Collins & Gabrielle Topp
  • Winners of Women’s Junior 16 Quadruple Sculls – Isla Petty, Sophie Sinclair, Anna Donald & Maggie Seward
  • Winner of Open Junior 18 Single Sculls – Alex Fowler
  • Winner of Women’s Junior 18 Single Sculls – Maisie Aspinall
  • Winner of Women’s Junior 17 Single Sculls – Zoe Beeson

Tyne United SBH

  • Winners of Women’s Fours – Freya Hughson, Maisie Aspinall, Zoe Beeson & Sophia Brew
  • Winners of Open Junior 18 Pairs – Alex Fowler & Murray Bone
  • Winners of Open Junior 16 Coxed Quadruple Sculls – Callum Sherwood, Jack Winton, Gabrielle Topp, Mackenzie Reid & Ian Petty (cox)
  • Winners of Women’s Junior 16 Double Sculls – Maggie Seward & Sophie Sinclair

With such a successful start to the season, ASRA will knuckle down to training with renewed enthusiasm and look forward to their next races… Aberdeen Head (6/7 Nov) and Inverness Head (20/21 Nov).

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Lockdown Regatta

A group of our younger and less experienced athletes, who weren’t racing at the British Junior Championships, travelled to Glasgow to represent ASRA at the Scottish Rowing ‘Lochdown Regatta’ on July 24th. There were a lot of strong performances at a well attended regatta, with some standout racing from the J14s and J15s, showing that we have very promising athletes coming through the club. Full results below and well done to everyone who competed!

  • 🥇 GOLD OJ15 4x+ (Gregor M, Harris P, Magnus H, Magnus L and Sam C)
  • 🥇 GOLD OJ14 4x+ (Harry M, Jack W, Mackenzie R, Calum S )
  • 🥇 GOLD OJ15 2x (Magnus L, Magnus H)
  • 🥇 GOLD OJ15 1x (Magnus H)
  • 🥇 GOLD WJ15 2x (Emily S, Sophie S)
  • 🥇 GOLD WJ15 4x+ (Ella J, Emily S, Isla P, Sophie S )
  • 2nd ONov4x+ (Gemma C, Kate G, Rosie W, Tegan J )
  • 2nd WJ14 2x (Gabrielle T, Lily A)
  • 2nd WJ15 2x (Isla P, Penny I)
  • 3rd WNov 2x (Freya C, Gemma C)
  • 4th WNov 2x (Kate G, Tegan J)
  • 2nd WJ15 1x (Emily S)
  • 3rd WJ15 1x (Sophie S)
  • 5th WJ15 1x (Isla P)
  • 6th WJ15 1x (Ella J)
  • 7th WJ15 1x (Penny I)
  • 2nd WJ14 1x (Gabrielle T)
  • 2nd ONov4+ (Magnus H, Dom R, Gregor M, Magnus L)
  • 4th OJ15 2x (Gregor M, Sam C)
  • 2nd OJ14 2x (Calum S, Jack W)
  • 3rd OJ14 2x (Harry M, Mackenzie R)
  • 3rd OJ15 1x (Magnus L)
  • 4th OJ15 1x (Gregor M)
  • 5th OJ15 1x (Sam C)
  • 3rd OJ14 1x (Calum S)
  • 4th OJ15 1x (Jack W)
  • 5th OJ15 1x (Harry M)
  • 6th OJ15 1x (Mackenzie R)
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British Rowing Junior Championships 2021

ASRA took ten crews to compete in this year’s British Rowing Junior Championships at the end of July. Despite swelteringly hot weather, all of the athletes put in admirable performances that put nine of the crews in A and B finals across the weekend. 
 
Maisie Aspinall and Zoe Beeson won two silver medals, one in their WJ18 pair and one as part of a Scottish composite 8+, well done girls!
 
For some of our ASRA boys it was their last big event competing for the club and they all put in solid performances against an unusually large turn out from the big private schools to make A Finals in the four and pair. Well done to all of the athletes that competed at this year’s British Championships, rounding off a truly singular year of racing!
 
  • WJ15 2x: B Final 1st place
  • OJ15 1x: B Final 2nd place
  • OJ16 2x: B Final 3rd place
  • WJ18 2- 🥈 
  • WJ18 8+ Composite🥈 
  • OJ18 1x: H Final
  • OJ18 2-: A Final 5th Place
  • OJ18 4-(A): A Final 5th Place
  • OJ18 4-(B): B Final 2nd Place
  • OJ18 8+: B Final 1st Place

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Henley Women's Regatta 2021

Over the weekend of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July ASRA competed in the Junior Women's Coxed Fours event for the Groton School Challenge Cup, at the Henley Women’s Regatta. The crew consisted of Freya Hughson (J16), Zoe Beeson (J16), Maisie Aspinall (J17) and Sophia Brew (J17), coxed by Isla Petty (J15)  and even though the Covid-19 restrictions in place meant that the event was missing its usual contingent of overseas crews, the standard of the event was as high as ever with tough competition across the field. Our ASRA girls put in a highly competitive performance in the Time Trial to come 4th out of the 17 crews entered and that allowed them a bye through to the first round on Saturday afternoon and straight into the second round. The girls then made it through to the semi-finals on Sunday where they came up against formidable competition from The Glasgow Academy, the eventual winners of the event, and unfortunately lost out by only two lengths to be knocked out of the competition. Making it to the semi-finals of Henley Women’s Regatta is no small achievement, a fantastic effort  and well done to all of the girls!

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Scottish Rowing Summer Regatta 2021

At Scottish Rowing’s Junior Summer Regatta held at the National Rowing Centre, Strathclyde Park on Saturday 5thJune, athletes from the Aberdeen Schools’ Rowing Association, brushed aside the effects of a punishing racing schedule down at the National Schools and Scullery Regattas at Dorney Lake, Eton, just last weekend and put in a series of outstanding performances against the best of Scotland’s junior rowers to win a total of 6 gold and 3 silver medals.

Gold:

  • Women’s Junior 15 Quadruple Sculls: Charlotte Arthur, Maggie Seward, Sophie Sinclair & Emily Simpson, coxed by Erin Gibson
  • Women’s Junior 15 Double Sculls: Maggie Seward & Emily Simpson
  • Men’s Junior  15 Quadruple Sculls: Magnus Heidenreich, Gregor Macleod, Magnus Lawson & Harris Pearce , coxed by Sam Cordiner
  • Women’s Junior 16 Single Sculls: Zoe Beeson
  • Men’s Junior 16 Doubles: Murray Bone & Sam Doherty
  • Men’s Junior 18 Single Sculls: Matthew Hughson

Silver: 

  • Women’s Junior 14 Double Sculls: Lily Arthur & Gabrielle Topp
  • Women’s Junior 15 Double Sculls: Charlotte Arthur & Sophie Sinclair
  • Women’s Junior 18 Coxless Fours: Freya Hughson, Maisie Aspinall, Zoe Beeson & Sophia Brew

Grateful thanks to all the parents who stepped in to ferry our troops to the event when our new minibus lost power enroute and had to be returned to the boathouse.

A selection of photos from the day are available to view in the Photo Gallery 

 

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ASRA Holiday Learn to Row Programme - Summer 2021

SRA Holiday Learn to Row Programme - Summer 2021

COVID 19

Rowing is categorized as a contact sport as the risk of transmission of COVID 19 is increased in a crew boat compared with a single scull.

The athletes rowing or sculling will not be wearing face coverings, however anyone required / asked to cox will be required to wear a face covering.

We invite applications for the following Learn to Row course from young people who are in Secondary education. 

LTR 1: 5th to 9th July                    

Mon: 09:30 – 11:30, Tues: 10:00 - 12:00, Wed: 10:30 – 12:30, Thur: 11:30 - 13:30, Fri: 12:00 – 14:00

LTR 2: 5th to 9th July                    

Mon: 12:00 – 14:00, Tues: 12:30 - 14:30, Wed: 13:00 – 15:00, Thur: 14:00 - 16:00, Fri: 14:30 – 16:30

LTR 3: 2nd to 6th August                   

Mon: 09:30 – 11:30, Tues: 10:00 - 12:00, Wed: 11:00 – 13:00, Thur: 12:00 - 14:00, Fri: 13:00 – 15:00

This LTR week cost £40 per person, but are heavily subsidised by ASRA and there is an expectation that if your son / daughter wishes to continue rowing after the LTR week, then this will be done with ASRA. 

Priority will be given to those young people who have not attended a learn to row course previously.

The ASRA boathouse is situated on South Esplanade West, Torry. 

Your child will need a snack and a water bottle each day. As rowing is a demanding sport it is important to keep energy levels topped up and to remain hydrated throughout.

You will need basic outdoor PE kit to take part. It is important to pack enough kit for two separate outdoor sessions a day and a light waterproof in the event of rain. A change of socks is important as they can get wet whilst getting in and out of the boats. Obviously, the weather can be very varied, so please pack accordingly.

Noted below is an outline of the programme for the week. 

LTR Oct 2020 Sessions

The coaches involved are qualified Scottish Rowing Coaches who are insured and fully disclosed. Application forms may be downloaded here. Places are however limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

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National Schools Regatta 2021 - Dorney Lake

The National Schools Regatta, which annually draws in over 5.000  junior competitors from all over Great Britain but was a Covid casualty in 2020, was held again this year on Saturday 29th and 30th May on the Olympic course at Dorney Lake, Eton. A  group of 21 athletes from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association entered what was their first competitive rowing event in over a year, signed up for 5 events and medalled in two of them.

In the Girls’ Championship Coxless Pairs event Zoe Beeson and Maisie Aspinall dominated the field in both Time Trial and A Final to bring back gold and the Leander Cup back to Aberdeen and ASRA’s senior boys – Matthew Hughson, Ashley Geddes , Gregor Charles  & William Penny – won  silver in the A Final of the Boys’ Championship Coxless Fours event, gold going to the St Georges College Boat Club foursome from Waltham -on-Thames.

Elsewhere ASRA’s  J17 boys – Alex Fowler, William Lawson, Joe Ritchie & William Cooper , coxed by Erin Gibson -  won the B Final of the Boys’ Championship Coxed Fours event with a time that would have placed them 5th in the A final and ASRA’s J16 Girls -  Charlotte Arthur, Freya Hughson, Sophie Sinclair, Phoebe McCraith, Ella Brooks, Emily Simpson, Freya Cummine & Gemma Collins, coxed by Erin Gibson - fought their way through to a second place in the B Final of the fiercely competitive Girls’ Junior 16 Eights event some 4 seconds ahead of the Irish girls from the Enniskillen Royal Boat Club.

A magnificent effort all round and the best performance of any Scottish club at the event. Our thanks go as always to our volunteer coaches and drivers whose hard work and dedication. prior to, during and after the regatta, made these outstanding results possible.

 

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British Rowing Indoor Championships Online

Following his J15 bronze at the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships, at the British Rowing Indoor Championships Online on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December ASRA’s Magnus Heidenreich came 8th in a field of 31 in the Year 10 Race over 500 metres, with a mere 4 seconds covering places 2 to 8.

In the 5 minutes race for year 10 boys, he came a creditable 10th in a field of 27.

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Scottish Virtual Indoor Championships

Congratulations to all who took part in the Scotish Virtual Indoor Championships and in particular to coaches Holly and Alan, who organised what was a technical nightmare!!!

WJ13 – Gabrielle Topp - silver medal (gold out of Scottish competitors)

WJ15 – Sophie Sinclair – gold

WJ15 – Maggie Seward – bronze

WJ15 team – Erin Gibson, Maggie Seward, Phoebe McCraith & Sophie Sinclair – gold

WJ15 team – Anna Donald, Charlotte Arthur, Emily Simpson& Gabrielle Topp - silver

WJ16 – Zoe Beeson – silver

WJ18 – Maisie Aspinall – gold

WJ18 team – Freya Hughson, Maisie Aspinall, Sophia Brew, Zoe Beeson - gold

OJ14 – Jack Winton – bronze

OJ15 – Magnus Heidenreich – bronze (silver out of Scottish competitors)

OJ18 – Gregor Charles – silver

OJ18 – Ashley Geddes (bronze out of Scottish competitors)

OJ18 team – Ashley Geddes, Gregor Charles,, Matthew Hughson &  William Penny – gold

OJ18 team – Alex Fowler, Joe Ritchie, Murray Bone &  William Lawson - silver

Out of fourteen athletes doing 2000m, there were nine PBs.

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ASRA - Hazlehead Academy1984

ASRA - Hazlelhead Academy 1984. Recognise anyone?

Back Row: Steve Miller, Alison Harper, Catherine MacInnes, Beverly Jones, Aonghus Drummond, Fiona Byers (maybe ?), Malcolm Watson (?)

Middle Row: The Manny Steel, Brenda Hugheson, Carol Oswald, Lynda Aikenhead, Malcolm Smith, Sean MacIntyre, Sheena Law, Graeme MacDonald, (?), (?), (?), Ewan MacInnes, Euan Garden, Tracy Fong

Front Row: Gregor Simpson, Graham Ritchie, James Florence, Alan Harper, Gordon Alexander

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Scottish Rowing Awards

Congratulations to ASRA athletes Miles Beeson, Abigail Topp and Megan Hewison and to coach, Holly Reid.

 

Miles Beeson, Junior Rower of the Year 2018/19!

Following on from a strong 2017/18 season where Miles raced to 7th in the world at the World Rowing Junior Championships 2017 in the Junior Men’s Pair, Miles is now studying and rowing at the prestigious Yale University in the USA.

However, despite being at University, Miles was still eligible to race at junior level and upon his return to the UK representing Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association, he successfully raced himself into the top boat for the junior men’s team, the Junior Men's Coxless Fours winning an incredible silver medal! Well done, Miles!

 

Abigail Topp and Megan Hewison - Scottish Rowing Crew of the Year!

Domestically the duo were the strongest junior women’s pair in Scotland, enjoying an unbeaten season in Scottish junior competition. After a successful season throughout the British Rowing GB Rowing Team trials, the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association pair were selected for the World Rowing Junior Championships 2019, Megan and Abigail raced incredibly well to win the B-final and place 7th in the world; a tremendous achievement!

 

Holly Reid - Community Coach of the Year

Holly’s continuous reliability and positive attitude encourages many athletes at Robert Gordon University Boat Club, Aberdeen University Boat Club & Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association to love the sport just as much as she does. Her love for rowing and her dedication to the sport is highly contagious as she continuously inspires and motivates athletes through her positive attitude and personal drive. An incredibly deserving winner, well done Holly!

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Rutherford Head 2019

On Saturday 7 December, in cold but calm conditions, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) crews took first place in two of the three categories entered at the Rutherford Head. This 4500m time trial, on the River Tyne through Newcastle, attracts a strong contingent of crews from some of the country's top rowing universities who are wanting an early indication of their levels of performance.

In the first division the ASRA coxed eight of Oscar Forbes, Ashley Geddes, Alexander Beeson, Euan Fowler, Gregor Charles, Jakub Zbikowski, Archie Innes and Matthew Hughson, ably coxed by Skye Ballance, comfortably won the Open Junior Eights with the second placed juniors from Durham School /Tyne ARC 75 seconds behind. ASRA came thirteenth overall in a total field of 133.

In the second division the ASRA crew of Harris MacDonald, Ashley Geddes, Gregor Charles and William Penny, coxed by Skye Ballance, racing up in Senior Coxed Fours due to limited junior opposition, came fourth in their category and ASRA’s coxless quad of Matthew Hughson, Oscar Forbes, Alexander Beeson and Jakub Zbikowski won the Open Junior Quadruple Sculls after a tough fight with their opponents in a Chester-le-Street/George Watson’s College composite, the winning margin just 2.6 seconds!

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