Nat Champs success for Fraser

Fraser Malone and Jim Allan with their shiny, silver medals.

“I contacted the performance coach for Scottish Rowing, expressing my interest to row a junior pair at Scot Champs, so I could get considered for selection for the Scottish Junior team at the Home International Regatta. He set me up with Jim Allan, a rower from King’s College School rowing club on the Thames. Jim came up to Scotland the week before and we only managed to get 2 training sessions on the Clyde leading up to the weekend. Racing on the Sunday, we came first in our semi-final by a considerable lead, and had the fastest time overall. In the final, ourselves and ASRA separated from the rest of the field and we finished 2nd overall, gaining a silver medal. We were then selected as the junior pair to row at HIR, so agreed to race Nat Champs the week before as preparation. I trained with Jim on the Thames the week leading up to the British. At Nottingham, we finished first in our heat, after leading the entire race and went on to finish 2nd in another considerable lead over the rest of the crews in our final”