Top FIVE reasons to go and experience the European Rowing Championships at Glasgow 2018

All to play for: 32 European Nations have won medals at the European Rowing Championships since 2007, while 12 countries won titles at this year’s competition (c) Oliver Quickert

The European Rowing Championships are coming to Scotland for the first time ever next August as part of the multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Around 600 of the best rowers from all over Europe will take to the water at Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire from 2 – 5 August 2018. 

Tickets for the 2018 European Rowing Championships are now on sale and start at just £20 for adults and £10 for concessions and children under 16. 

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We’ve picked out FIVE reasons why you should watch Rowing at Glasgow 2018:

BREATHTAKING FINISHES…

Rowing can lay claim to having some of the closest and most fiercely contested finishes in the world of sport. Crews will fight it out all the way to the finish line and photo-finishes are not uncommon. In three races at this year’s European Rowing Championships there was a gap of less than one second between Gold and Silver, including the Women’s single sculls which saw Great Britain’s Vicky Thornley win Gold by 0.68 of a second. 

Highlights from the Saturday at this year's World Rowing Championships in Florida (c) World Rowing

THERE’S A GREAT CHANCE OF A HOME WIN…

The GB Rowing Team has enjoyed plenty of success on the water in recent years, winning 7 Olympic titles, 19 World titles and 13 European titles since the turn of the decade. The rare opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd will give the home crews an added boost – bringing back memories of the 2012 London Olympics where GB won nine medals. Scottish rowers such as Olympic silver medallist Karen Bennett and former World Champion, Callum McBrierty are expected to impress the home crowds. 

THE SURROUNDINGS ARE PRETTY SPECIAL…

Iconic North Lanarkshire attraction, Strathclyde Country Park lies in the valley of the River Clyde just a 20 minute drive from the centre of Glasgow. Thousands of visitors flock to the park each year and the park offers a range of outdoor activities, including a renowned Watersports Centre. Strathclyde Country Park has a long track-record of hosting major events, most recently the 2007 U23 World Rowing Championships. Temporary grandstands will allow fans a prime view of the action as Europe’s best rowers compete for the chance to become the 2018 European Champions.

ONE OF THE MOST HISTORIC COMPETITIONS IN SPORT…

It’s not every day you get to experience an event that has a history spanning back 124 years! The first-ever European Rowing Championships took place on Lake Orta in Italy in 1893 and continued – minus two breaks due to World War 1 & 2 – until 1973 before its reintroduction in 2007. The long-standing history of the event and the strength of Europe’s rowers ensures the European Championships continues to be a highlight of the rowing calendar.

IT’S ALL TO PLAY FOR…

Since its reintroduction in 2007, 32 European Nations have won medals at the European Rowing Championships, while 12 countries won titles at this year’s event in the Czech Republic. In terms of total medals won, Germany is the most successful country followed by Italy, Great Britain and Poland. Greece has won the most gold medals with 20. In recent years many more countries have risen to the top of the sport – including the Republic of Ireland who have won five medals in the past two years.
 

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