First 5 GB Coastal Sculling Academies launched
The Academies have been created jointly by British Rowing, Welsh Rowing and Scottish Rowing following the recent inclusion of Beach Sprint rowing in the LA 2028 Olympic Games
The aim is to provide a network of locations around Great Britain that provide suitable environments for people to try the Beach Sprint format and wider coastal sculling, and to train and develop the skills these require. The GB Coastal Sculling Academies will focus on introducing rowers to the format and on supporting those who aspire for future international representation for GB and/or Commonwealth Home Nations teams.
The first wave of locations to be confirmed as GB Coastal Sculling Academies are:
- University of St Andrews, supported by Scottish Rowing – contact Iain Docwra firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tynemouth RC, supported by British Rowing – contact Mark Hyson email@example.com
- Fishguard and Goodwick Jemima RC, supported by Welsh Rowing – contact Martha Owen firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mumbles RC, supported by Welsh Rowing – contact James Walker email@example.com
- Knoll Beach, Studland, supported by British Rowing – contact Lucy Hart firstname.lastname@example.org
Having a network of locations will be very important as we continue to develop competitive Beach Sprint teams at World, Commonwealth and now Olympic level. We’re currently working with a number of other clubs and organisations that we hope to add to the list of GB Coastal Sculling Academies over the coming season. Further applications from clubs and organisations interested in becoming GB Coastal Sculling Academies are also welcome; find out more here.
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Recent news about Beach Sprints and coastal sculling
The International Olympic Committee has today announced that Beach Sprint Rowing will be added to the Olympic programme - in addition to classic rowing - for LA 2028
Summer Harlow and Leah Saunders dominated their event at the first Coupe de la Jeunesse Beach Sprints, staged in Donoratico, Italy from 22-24 September
Evelyn Pakule of Lea RC won the U19 Coastal Women's solo at the European Beach Sprint Championships in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France from 1-3 September
On a beautiful summer day in Saundersfoot, Wales, the hosts took home the Beach Sprint trophy for the first time at the second Home International Rowing Beach Sprints (HIRBS)
A full range of tidal conditions greeted competitors over two days of nail-biting, adrenaline-fueled racing in Exmouth, Devon from 29-30 July
Stormy conditions in Saundersfoot Harbour, Wales, saw Helen Glover take home a silver medal based on the Last 16, as treacherous weather cut short the women's solo finals at the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals