Three in a row for boat ace Kathleen

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A ROWING starlet has won three of her five races to give herself the best possible start to the new season.

Kathleen Castell (15) from Bearsden, who has only been rowing competitively for a year and a half, won her gold medals at the Strathclyde Park Regatta last weekend.

The Boclair Academy pupil had victories in the junior women’s under 15-year-old double sculls with Laura McDonald from Castle Semple Rowing Club and then with Helena Davison in the under 16-year-old category, on Saturday.

On the following day she picked up her third gold - this time rowing in the junior Women’s coxless quads with Helena, Laura and Helena’s sister Olivia.

The young sportswoman said: “This is the best possible start to the season.

“I was quite nervous beforehand because the wind was making the water quite rough. There were a few boats actually capsized, but I managed to stay dry.”

Asked what her toughest race was she replied: “They were all quite hard because of the wind, but I would say the weather was worse on Sunday so the quads were difficult.”

The rower also picked up a silver in the single scull under 15 category on Saturday and a bronze on the Sunday in same event at under 16 level.

She said: “I prefer to compete with someone else.

“There is a team spirit and you both help each other to share the burden.”

At the same event last year last year competing with Helena, the pair just missed out on a first place by a boat’s length in the doubles 14-year-old age category and she said that all the hard work and determination in training seems to have paid off this year.

The rower is now gearing herself up for the Clydesdale Regatta in two weeks time.