Students triumph at Rowing Championships

James Scott with his silver medal

Two Heriot-Watt students have picked up medals as the British University Rowing Championships, featuring over 2,000 students from across the United Kingdom, came to a conclusion at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.

Iain Docwra with his gold medal21-year-old Sports Science student, Iain Docwra, collected a bronze medal in the Men's Championship Lightweight Single Scull, coping well in the gusty conditions which included winds of up to 50 miles per hour.

This continues an impressive season for Docwra, as he has recently returned from Belgium where he was competing in the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials. The Helensburgh rower, looking to put his name in the mix with London 2012 on the horizon, enjoyed some consistent results to progress to the C final placing him amongst the top lightweight oarsmen in the country.

Also picking up a silver medal in Nottingham was fresher James Scott from Killearn, Glasgow. The 18-year-old who is studying Structural Engineering with Architectural Design, only took up the sport in September, and added to the British record (half marathon) he set last month on the Indoor Rowing machine, with a silver medal in the Beginner's Single Scull.

As well as Docwra and Scott, the Women's Intermediate Coxed Four of Gillian Stewart, Emily Bowie, Katherine Lorrimer, Renske Herrema, coxed by Nuala Black, put in a number of strong performances to reach the semi-final stage before narrowly missing out on a place in the final.

Both the Men's Intermediate Coxless Pair and the Men's Beginner Coxed Four advanced through tricky time trials to qualify to the main regatta before losing out in their heats.