Are you feeling inspired by the successes of Team GB at Rio this year? Many of the gold medal winning athletes in the GB Rowing team learnt to row at university. With a world class facility in Oriam and excellent coaching, anyone can make it. If you're coming to Heriot Watt this year and want to try out rowing, or if you want to continue the sport, then come along and see us at the sports fair. If you would like to enquire further about rowing, please message us on our Facebook page (see the icon below).
So it's that time of year again. We have four taster sessions coming up, time and dates can all be found on our sign up page.
We also have a Facebook group for all our prospective athletes to join, this is where we'll be posting all our information and updates regarding our fresher's activities.
Hope to see you soon!
We're delighted to announce the purchase of a 2014 Filippi 4+ from Carlow RC. Huge thanks to the Heriot Watt Alumni Fund for their help in matching our funding and facilitating such a brilliant purchase for the club. We hope it sees many victories for years to come.
On 25th/26th April the club attended Strathclyde Park Regatta and the interlinked Scottish Student Championships. Amidst absolutely horrendous weather conditions our athletes proved their mettle. The Men won Champ 4- and Nov 2x with second place in Int 4+. The Fresher Women put in a strong performance in Nov 4+ to come third.
2nd-4th May gave a few of our athletes the opportunity to race against the best of the rest of Britain at BUCS Regatta. We had entries into Int Lwt 1x, Fresher 4+ and Women's Fresher 1x. The regatta gave the freshers excellent experience competing against the best crews in the country.
On 13th/14th June Strathclyde Park once again played host to the Scottish Championships. The regatta proved to be one of the most successful yet for the club, with wins in Men's Int 8+, Int 1x, Int 2- and 2nd in Men's Nov 8+, Women's Nov 4+ and Nov 8+. These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication from the club's members over the year.
We are proud to announce a new club sponsor, High5 Sports Nutrition who will be helping to fuel our training and racing!
High5 Sports Nutrition
After an intense winter of training both in the gym and on the water the senior squads finally got the chance to test their mettle at one of the biggest head races in the world.
For the women, WEHORR gave an opportunity to return to the tideway after a 3 year hiatus. With the help of a strong fresher intake and Rhona Smith of Stirling University Boat Club, they formed a composite eight and finished a respectable 216th out of almost 300 boats, 9th in the novice category.
After the cancellation in 2013 and abandonment of 2014, the senior men's eight were desperate for HORR to go ahead. In the week leading up to the race the weather forecast deteriorated to an extent where most of them had resigned themselves to another cancellation. In the end, while it was very windy and decidedly soggy, the race went ahead. The boys pulled out a strong performance and finished in the highest ever position from a HW crew, 121st out of the 350 entrants.
On 26th February Craig Durnin set a new club record for openweight 2k. Great to see results after all the hard work of winter training!
17th February was the date for the annual HWUBC AGM. Among many other things, the new committee was elected for the coming year.
So without further waffling here they are:
President - Tom Newton
Captain - James Feeney
Equipment Manager - Joe Nelson
Secretary - Michael May
Fundraiser - Lewys Thomas
Treasurer - Adam Hardy
Social Sec - Hebe Dale
So September is upon us and that means two things: Fresher's Week and the start of the new rowing season, it's like the two were made for each other.
If you've never tried rowing before and fancy giving it a go then visit our sign up site to register for a free taster session: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C084DAAAF29A1FA7-rowing
If you have a bit of experience rowing then go to our contacts page and get in touch via our contacts page and we'll invite you a long to our first training sessions.