Wednesday 8th May 2019

Tayside, Fife And Grampian Awarded By Scottish Rowing

Strathclyde Park played host to Scottish Rowing’s Spring Regatta where three Awards were won by Tayside, Fife and Grampian University Clubs for the 2017/18 year.

Club of the Year

University of Dundee’s Boat Club have had a great reason to celebrate recently. Not only have they been named University of Dundee Sports Union Club of the Year for two consecutive years, the club has also been awarded Club of the Year by Scottish Rowing.

Aaron Duff, President of the University of Dundee Boat Club for 2017/18 said;

“The award from Scottish Rowing signifies the sheer hard work from everyone in the club over the past several years. A formal plan from our coaches, key targets for development from our committee and utter commitment from every club member we have had has raised the club to new heights both for our recreational rowers and competitively. Its been fantastic to see this development happen, and its clear that current members have this drive to continue it on!”

“The award from Scottish Rowing signifies the sheer hard work from everyone in the club over the past several years”

Volunteer of the Year

Matthew Taylor, a fourth year student studying financial economics at the University of St Andrews has been awarded Volunteer of the Year by Scottish Rowing for his clear and innovative vision to improve his club.

Matt has been President of the University of St Andrews Boat Club for the last two years. During this time he has helped secure the financial future of the club as well as work tirelessly to secure a boathouse. In September of 2017, it was Matt’s hard work and vision that created Saint’s first Regatta. A fantastic event which is now an annual event in the rowing calendar.

Matt has dedicated his entire university career towards the running of the club and its performance, and the development of USABC over the past few years owes much to Matt’s tireless efforts.

The University of St Andrews Boat Club have said;

“Matt is such an integral part of this club and losing him at the end of this year will have huge consequences felt by the entire club. I know that Matt’s hard work to set up the club for the future will be felt for the coming years. “


Coach of the Year

Lewis McCue, Head Coach for University Rowing Aberdeen (URA) and Robert Gordon University Alumni was awarded Coach of the Year by Lee Boucher, Head of Performance Pathway at Scottish Rowing.

Lewis has spent his two years as Head Coach at URA working closely with the student clubs and committees involved in the partnership to create a student-athlete centred approach which is the core value of the programme.

Coach of the Year, Lewis has said;

My transition from performance athlete to Head Coach of URA wouldn’t have been possible without the support and backing of the student clubs & committees, Lee Boucher of Scottish Rowing, Hannah Leslie of RGU:Sport and Fraser Lovie of University of Aberdeen. I would like to thank them for their continuing support of both myself and the University Rowing Aberdeen programme.”

Other notable achievements for Lewis are that he was selected as lead coach for the Scotland senior men’s team whilst one of the URA assistant coaches, who Lewis mentors, was also selected as part of the coaching team.

University of Edinburgh Women make history at the BUCS Regatta

History has been made as the women of the University of Edinburgh Boat Club are the first Scottish University to win the Victor Ludorum as the top performing female rowing programme at the championships. Huge congratulations to the students, volunteers and coaches for this incredible achievement.