Not for the first time in recent years, this Sunday sees three Clydesdale rowers head separate ways in their bid to achieve international success. Euan Malone and Giacomo Galano will drive south to Nottingham to take part in the trials to determine the team for the annual GB France match. They will be racing in their double scull against 10 other crews from around Britain with only one crew to be selected. It’s a big ask of the pair, who have punched well above their weight all season, and recently gained selection as the junior double for the 2013 Home International Match. Those who know them, know that they relish a challenge, and the bigger the challenge the better as far as they are concerned. So we wish them and coach Chris Philips well in their bid for Anglo French selection.
Meanwhile over in Amsterdam, Claire McKeown will be taking on the best in the world at the Holland Beker international regatta. The line up for women’s singles includes reigning Olympic Champion Mirka Knapkova, Olympic silver and bronze medalist Kim Crow, and sculling legend (and 11 times winner of Holland Beker) Ekaterina Karsten, with the club name of Clydesdale sandwiched in between those of the top rowing federations in the world.
All three will be back at the club training as normal by next week, and hopefully with a yarn or two to tell about their exploits.