A BEARSDEN rower was only a paddle stroke away from securing gold at the recent Scottish Rowing Championships.
Kathleen Castell won silver along with partner Helena Davison, both 14, in the double scull junior 14 category at Strathclyde Park in a time of four minutes 1.7 seconds - just .6 of a second behind the winners Ellie Brown and Isla Ferguson from Edinburgh. Kathleen and Helena Windrow for Glasgow Rowing Club.
The silver medal is all the more impressive considering that the Boclair Academy pupil only took up rowing last October.
She said: “We really wanted to do well in this race. There is a bit of rivaly between us so we were a bit nervous. I like to think we were a match for them, but they had the edge because of their experience.”
Kathleen became interested in rowing after seeing it at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and now trains three times a week.
She added: “I’m hoping to one day get into the GB squad.”
Coach Alistair Browne said: “Kathleen is quite a natural rower she seems to pick it up very quickly and is very determined. She is also very intelligent for her age.
“The crew that beat her narrowly were very good.
“The standard was higher than expected in this category and the girls’ level of performance was very good for their age and level of experience.
“Rowing is a physically demanding sport but also requires tactics.
“I would say that Kathleen and Helena are the best crew I have had the opportunity to coach so far.