Students set their sights on boat race

the boat race is huge in grampian
the boat race is huge in grampian

Three students at Robert Gordon University are hoping to compete in Scotland’s equivalent of the Oxford/Cambridge boat race.

Christie Duff (19), Iona Riley (21) and Lewis McCue (18) are all eager to be a part of the 19th Aberdeen Asset Management Universities’ Boat Race.

It will see the University of Aberdeen go head to head with Robert Gordon University on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Despite all having career ambitions outside of sport, the three hopefuls would all love to take their rowing careers to the next level. In 2013, the trio attended the World Championships and even trialled for the Great British rowing team.

Christie, who studies architecture, said: “2013 was a fantastic year for me. Being able to witness such significant UK rowing events will stay with me for many years to come.

“My proudest achievement in rowing so far is winning at the Henley Royal Regatta, and I would love to be selected to compete in the 2014 Boat Race team.”

Applied Sport & Exercise Science student Iona also began with another sport, netball, before turning her hand to rowing.

A Silver Medal winner at the World Under 23 Rowing Championships, she said: “When I was in primary seven, my teacher took the class down to the river to try rowing. I was hooked from there and have been on the water ever since.’’

Sports Science student Lewis has a history of rowing in his family: “My grandfather rowed for Oxford in the Boat Race, so it would be fantastic to carry on the family tradition.’’

The final crews will be selected in early 2014 by each team president – Robert Gordon University Boat Club’s (RGUBC) Gillian Paterson and Aberdeen University Boat Club’s (AUBC) Lauren Cammaert.