Sport & Exercise


A Winning Weekend for Edinburgh Rowers

University of Edinburgh athletes claim multiple victories at the U23 World Championships and the Home International Regatta

U23 World Rowing Championships

A total of 5 athletes and 2 coaches from Edinburgh set off to Sarasota, Florida for the U23 World Championships, selected to represent Team GB. This four day event saw nearly 700 athletes take to the water for an exciting and heated end to the competitive season.

The first success for Edinburgh came when Josh Armstrong, as part of the men’s quadruple sculls, stormed through the heats and successfully defended their Championship title. His victory was closely followed by Lucy Glover in the women’s quadruple sculls where she, and her crew, took top honours in a thrilling final race.

The final day of racing was just as exciting for our Edinburgh athletes with Lydia Currie and Alex Rankin, both of the Women’s four, delivering another gold medal winning performance for Great Britain. This win was made all the better as their boat is coached by our Depute Head of Rowing, John Higson.

Completing the final day of racing, Gavin Horsburgh, coached by our Performance Rowing Coach Matt Evans, fought a tough battle through the heats and semi-finals to finish in first place in the B final.

Overall this was an extraordinary weekend for our athletes and their fellow competitors representing Team GB on the World stage.

Home International Regatta

Back across the pond, Edinburgh had 12 athletes and 2 coaches selected to represent Scotland at the annual Home International Regatta, this year held at Strathclyde Park, Glasgow.

An exciting weekend of racing and some excellent performances from our athletes contributed significantly to Scotland lifting both the Senior Men’s and Women’s trophies.


The success of our athletes is testament to the dedication and talent of the individuals as well as the support and guidance provided by our programme, under the leadership of Head of Rowing, Colin Williamson.