Christmas Scratch Eights and Prize Giving

Last Sunday saw our weekly club time trial kicking proceedings off for the day with a medley of boats tackling the 2x3km onslaught of rough water. The dreich and difficult conditions continued throughout the day, making life difficult for all participants.

Following a brief break three random crews of eight were drawn as rowers of all ages and abilities came together for some fun (but competitive) scratch racing. These crews were assembled into their selected boat for a series of knock out races down the 500m home straight. With a rather definitive final verdict for the winning crew of Jamie MacDonald, Jack Bagley, Thomas Howatt, Bethan Fulton, Kirsty Wescott, Chris Walton, Lauren MacNaughton, Fiona Hazlett and Lindsey Vest.

Crews on water


Winning Scratch Crew

Competitors came together as club-mates once more after the racing for the prize giving, showcasing some of the best the club has to offer from its athletes and volunteers. The awards for the Club Sculling Championships were given, showing the breadth in performance across all squads whilst in direct competition. Winners included:

The Member’s Cup for Women’s Novice Sculls: Alika P. Molloy

The Melvin Cup for Men’s Novice Sculls: Danny Morris

The McGhee Cup for Clydesdale Women’s Junior Sculling Champion: Fiona Hazlett

The W A McGhie Quaich for Clydesdale Men’s Junior Sculling Champion: Euan Malone

The Charles D. Simpson Trophy for Clydesdale Senior Women’s Sculling Champion:  Hannah Duncan

The Fleming Shield for Clydesdale Senior Men’s Sculling Champion: Giacamo Galano

Outside of the club sculling awards, the club President awarded prizes for outstanding achievements as recognised by the membership and committee.

McNaughton Quaich for outstanding Services to the Club

“Everyone will be aware of Mike Lekakis’ commitment to the club over the last few years. Mike has gone from being the lesser half of Skirtings and Ceilings (the official club decorators) to being the omni-present volunteer in novice coaching, boat repairs, picture framer, window fixer, cleaner, decorator, bunting bearer, keeper of the cabinet and general go-to guy if you want something done. That he goes above and beyond the duties of a Clubmaster show his commitment which makes him this year’s winner of the MacNaughton Quaich for Outstanding Services to the Club.”

The Collie Shield for Outstanding Achievement

“The silver medal at the British Championships, gold medal at Scottish Championships and gold medal at National Schools all confirm Ryan Morrison as a two-time winner of the Collie Shield for Outstanding Achievement.”

The John Hercus Trophy for Oarsperson of the Year

“The recipient of the Horn this year has been nominated by his peers who have watched him develop in our sport from being one of the infamous “ducklings” under the tutelage of Tom McGuinness to having put in several years solid training on top of a demanding career. In addition, he has long been a supporter of the development of the club and though not on the committee, has kept it propped up by providing email, website and database support for several years. To quote the nomination: ‘An understated all round good club guy, training hard and encouraging others at every turn.’  The Clydesdale Oarsperson of the Year and recipient of the Horn is Stephen Walker.”

Some of the prize-winners

These events have demonstrated an innate ability within our club to be friendly and involved but at the same time succeed in the world of sport. Qualities most would merit. Long may it continue.

Thomas Howatt

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