Indoor Rowing Championships 2016

Gairloch High School have been competing in the Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing League again, we are waiting for details of the final standings and individual awards, more to follow on this in the next issue. The final round of the league was the Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing Championships in Glasgow on Friday 28th October 2016.
We travelled to Glasgow with 12 girls (3 teams).  After an evening in the youth hostel, we arrived early in the morning to let the girls soak it all in and get prepared. S1 raced first Ellie Watson, Stephanie Clayton, Meghan Dillon and Summer Robertson-Turner. Their individual races were very well rowed and they all finished with a personal best.  They were in a group of 32 and Steph finished 5th,  Ellie 6th, Meghan 10th and Summer 21st, they were very happy! Their team race was exciting too, overall they finished 4th in Scotland out of 14 teams and the only all girls S1 team.
S2, Abigail Crawford, Charlotte Brady, Mia Elder and Lucy Hildrey.  Their race was fast paced which helped Lucy achieve a personal best.  Lucy finished overall 6th in Scotland out of 33, Abi 10th, Charlotte 18th and Mia 19th. Great efforts! Their team event was very close where they managed to catch up with the leaders and finished overall 3rd S2 Girls team in Scotland out of 8 teams.
S4, Morven Maclean, Amber Drummond, Arlene Morrison and Scarlet Pickering.  Fantastic races with Gairloch giving the other girls a very hard race.  They all finished with a personal best from their group of 33. Scarlet finished 12th, Amber 13th, Arlene 14th and Morven 15th a very close race, even between themselves.  In the team event they really wanted to retain their title of champions for the 3rd year but equally every other team wanted to beat them!  They fought so hard and right at the end were beaten by Balfron and finished in second place overall.  Disappointing for the girls but they couldn’t have done more.
Overall a very worthwhile trip, the teams and individuals worked hard on the day, and all of them got off the machines having done their best.
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Back row, Left to Right Arlene, Morven, Amber and Scarlet Pickering.  Middle row, Right to left Lucy, Mia , Abigail and Charlotte.  Front row Left to right Meghan, Ellie, Stephanie and Summer.
Arlene who is one of our Sports Ambassadors and in the S4 team wrote:

“Our 3rd year going to this competition and year we all got personal bests and our teams in the second in Scotland.  Great achievement from all, I really enjoyed it and hope to do it again.  I can admit that probably everybody was feeling a bit nervous including me, however we moved swiftly throughout the day and got great results and created the new school goal for S4 girls”

Amber S4 team wrote:
“I’m sure I don’t only speak for myself but for my team when I say the annual participation in the Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing competition is as much anticipated with excitement as it is fear.  It’s something to train for and most importantly allows us to aim for the best result we can. Perhaps I do speak for myself when I say, my favourite part isn’t the ‘pre-nerves’ or the excitement-it’s the feeling of exhaustion after the final stroke or second, which can be described only as relief.  Although we were aware that the competition was harder this year, we had no doubt we would make ourselves proud.  It would have been excellent to continue the team title of 1st place, for the 3rd year in a row.  I wouldn’t have taken home the same experience that I brought back from finishing 2nd by 4 seconds.  That is, we cannot expect to succeed if we don’t put in the work.  I now strongly appreciate the room we have to achieve and learning from our experience, hopefully we can prove this theory.”
Training has already started for the next Rowing event – the Inter House competition in December.