We were joined on Sunday by Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger and GB Sculler Imogen Walsh to help launch our new Junior Development Programme. The programme seeks to capitalise on the surge of interest in rowing following Katherine’s performance at the 2012 Olympics.
Katherine took her first rowing strokes on the Clyde and it was fitting that she made a touching presentation to Gordon Simpson, who first got her in a boat, on the occasion of his retirement from the role of Clubmaster – a role he first started in 1961.
The formal proceedings of the day included the launch of our Direct Club Investment from sportscotland, which will fund junior development coaching at the club during periods which the existing volunteers cant support. The funding of £33,739 over four years will enable the club to expand its activity and increase its capacity over the long term.
The Sports Council for Glasgow, in conjunction with sportscotland, made the award of “Development Coach of the Year” to Maureen Malone, in recognition of her contribution to raising the standard of participation and competition in our sport over several years. The Sports Council for Glasgow also awarded Clydesdale the “Club of the Month” Award.
Archie Graham, Executive Member for Glasgow 2014, was present and pleased to see that the club was proudly displaying the 2014 Legacy branding in recognition of its contribution to the legacy of next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Proceedings moved downstairs where Mike and Stephen Abram of Henry Abram and Sons were joined by Katherine and Imogen to launch two new doubles, Glen Fyne and Glen Lochay. The sponsorship of Henry Abram and Sons was matched by sportscotland through their sportsmatch programme and Mike Abram said: “Henry Abram and Sons Ltd are delighted to sponsor the new boats and are pleased to continue their support and share in the future success of the club and its members. The sportsmatch programme, which is run by sportscotland, makes sponsorship a particularly attractive investment for us – to have Katherine Grainger and Imogen Walsh on hand to assist with the launch of boats named by us is an honour and we are delighted to work with sportscotland to support the development of Clydesdale.”
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “We are delighted that an ambitious club like Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club is one of the first recipients to benefit from our Direct Club Investment programme, as well as receiving £4,992 through sportsmatch. sportscotland is making significant progress in implementing a world-class sporting system at all levels, and this investment demonstrates our commitment to the growth of clubs throughout the country. As excitement about next year’s Glasgow Games continues to grow, we are committed to supporting clubs to meet the increasing demand on capacity and help deliver a lasting sporting legacy for clubs.”
Thanks to Photographer David Nolan. All images can be found here.
Thanks to Diana Worthy and Michael Lekakis for co-ordinating the refreshments and boathouse preparations.