Buchan hoping for home cheers at Glasgow 2018
Scottish rower Cameron Buchan hopes that being part of Great Britain’s team for the 2017 World Championships Rowing Championships can help him towards a place at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – and finally give his friends and family the chance to see him compete on Scottish water.
The 24-year old from Denny, Falkirk was named as part of a 64-person GB squad that will travel to Florida at the end of September to compete at the World Championships, alongside Olympic Gold medallists such as Moe Sbihi, Katherine Copeland and Will Satch.
Buchan has been named as a reserve but hopes the overall experience will stand him in good stead as he looks to force his way into contention for place at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and – closer to home – the 2018 European Rowing Championships which will take place in Strathclyde Loch in North Lanarkshire as part of the first-ever multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
For Cameron, Glasgow 2018 could finally be the chance for many of his friends and family to come and see him compete on home water.
He said: “I get messaged from my friends at school and my family saying ‘When are you racing close by?’ and I have to tell them I’m competing in the USA or Poland. So racing at Strathclyde Loch would be a completely different experience for me, racing in front of people I know. It’s usually just my parents who are able to come and support.
“I know the course well too I rowed there during the Commonwealth Regatta in 2014 so it’ll be great.
“You saw the Olympics in 2012 and how big an impact that had on rowing, not just in London but across the UK. Hopefully Glasgow 2018 can have an equally good effect on youngsters just get into the sport, spectators looking forward to watching the event at Strathclyde Park or on TV and future generations.”
But first on the agenda for the Scottish prospect is the World Championships which will be held from September 24 to October 1 in Sarasota, Florida.
With big names such as Katherine Grainger and Alex Gregory choosing to step away from the boat following Rio 2016, this year’s World Championships squad sees a number of exciting youngsters breaking into the British senior ranks.
It’s an exciting time for Cameron as he looks to continue a great year which has already seen him clinch his first senior silver medal, in the men’s eight at the opening World Cup of the 2017 season.
He added: “It’s the beginning of the Olympic cycle and there are only a handful of guys coming back from Rio (2016 Olympic Games).
“It’s really exciting to be part of that a big group of younger rowers coming through. When only a few come in it can be hard to have an impact on the wider team, because the culture is already set. But having such a big group of younger guys coming in, we’re actually outnumbering the senior members of the squad so we have that ability to call on their experience but also make our own identity on the team rather than just moulding into what’s already there.”
“There’s so much experience within this team and just being part of it, I can draw on how the older guys operate and hopefully use that as I make progress towards Glasgow 2018 and the 2020 Olympic Games.
“Watching everybody race – whether it’s Great Britain or the other countries, can only help me going forward. This is my first year and some of the guys have been going closer to 10 years so it’ll be interesting to watch and see how that experience helps during a major championship. It’ll be a big benefit to me.”
The European Rowing Championships will be held at Strathclyde Loch between Thursday 2 August and Sunday 5 August with ticket prices ranging from £10 to £30 for adults and £5 to £15 for concessions. This is your chance to see around 600 of Europe’s best rowers compete over 17 different medal events – buy your tickets here.
Fans can buy tickets for 84 thrilling sessions across six sports at Glasgow 2018 starting at just £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and over 60s. Tickets for all events can be purchased from www.glasgow2018.com/tickets and will be sold on a first come first served basis, with fans encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.