The 2014/15 Rowing Squad line up with their trophies. It has been another great year for rowing!
In 2014 rowing enjoyed another 'best year yet'. The Academy was the most successful school at the British Championships, being top school in the Victor Ludorum. Our rowers won one Gold and three Silver British Championship medals. Congratulations to Josh Armstrong (Gold in J16 sculls), India Somerside, Becky Neilson, Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow (Silver in J16 coxed fours and Silver in J18 coxless fours) and Callum Urquhart, Finlay Watson, Andrew Dickson and Seb Glen (Silver in J18 coxless fours, just three seconds behind the English squad crew). At the Nationals Schools Championships in May the girls four won Gold in J16 fours and Silver in J18 fours. Josh Armstrong took Gold in J16 sculls.
Five of our pupils rowed for Great Britain in summer 2014, and eight rowed for Scotland. At the GB France Match in Nantes both Josh and our girls' four won their respective races, helping GB to retain all three trophies for the event. At the Home International Match in Cork, Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow came first in J18 coxless pairs, and Alex, Holly, India and Becky won the coxed fours (see photo, left).
Josh Armstrong won the GB junior 16 rowing trial in February by a massive 38-second margin. Our rowers dominated all major categories at Inverness, with our J18 Quad sculls being the fastest boat of all 300 entries, winning the prized 'antlers' trophy. We won 7 of the 12 events we contested, and came second in a further two. We also had a great Clyde head: our boys' eight were the fastest crew in the first division, going on to win J18 fours, and in doing so beating all the men's fours in the second division, whilst our girls won novice fours and were only one second behind the fastest women's four in the first division. At Glasgow Indoors rowing, we won 7 of the 12 medals on offer in the events we contested. Our scullers dominated the Scullers head and at the Scottish Schools Head both our girls and boys fours were the fastest boats, and that combined with a win in girls' junior 14 quads was enough for us to win the Peter Grieve trophy for the most successful school. It is the first time ever that a west of Scotland school has won this trophy and the first time in 35 years that a Glasgow school has been the fastest boat. We had a record 19 wins at the Scottish Championships, being top school in the country again. Over the winter we won 23 events, and our eight finished the season undefeated.
The club takes place on Monday (for S1),Tuesday (for S2/S3 Girls) and Friday (for S2/S3 Boys) between 4 and 5 pm in the Prep School hall.
In addition, early morning sessions for our serious rowers are on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 am. Weight training/circuits for seniors is on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 4 – 5.30 pm.
At the weekends we row on the Clyde at Glasgow Schools Boathouse, Glasgow Green on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am for the performance group. Existing S2/S3 rowers can come 1.00 - 2 pm on Saturday and Boys 10.30 to 11.30, Girls 11.30 – 12.30 on Sunday. Beginners are welcome 2.30 – 4.00 on Saturday and 12.30 to 1.30 on Sunday. New S1 rowers will be integrated to the programme as the year progresses. Rowing is also available as a games option for older Senior School year groups.
Coach in charge: Mr Iain Somerside
Training Performance Group
Tuesday 0700 – 0830 Ergo – Prep School Hall
Tuesday 1600 – 1730 Circuits/Weights
Wednesday 0700 –0830 Ergo – Prep School Hall
Thursday 0700 – 0830 Ergo – Prep School Hall
Thursday 1600 – 1730 Circuits/Weights
Friday 0700 – 08.30 Ergo – Prep School Hall
Friday 1600 – 1700 Circuits or cross training
Water Rowing – Glasgow Green
Wednesday 1330 – 1700 – Sports Option Group
Saturday 0800 – 1300 Boys Performance Group A
Saturday 0830 – 1330 Girls Performance Group A
Saturday 1030 – 1130 Performance Group B
Saturday 1130 – 1230 Performance Group B
Sunday 0800 – 1000 Performance Group A&B
Sunday 1100 – 1200 Performance Group A&B
Monday 1600 – 1700 S1 Rowing – Prep School Hall
Tuesday 1600 – 1700 S2 and S3 Girls – Prep School Hall
Friday 1600 – 1700 S2 and S3 Boys – Prep School Hall
Water Rowing – Glasgow Green
Saturday 1300 – 1430 S2 and S3 Boys and Girls
Saturday 1430 – 1600 S1 and beginners (see below)
Sunday 1030 – 1130 S2 and S3 Boys
Sunday 1130 – 1230 S2 and S3 Girls
Sunday 1230 – 1330 S1 and beginners (see below)
New first year rowers will be invited to the river following the indoor rowing sessions in small group to introduce them to water-based sport in a safe environment.