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Rowing at Coleraine Grammar School

Rowing is offered to both girls and boys throughout the year from Year 9.

It is a very successful support with a multitude of medals being won at Ulster and Irish level.  The club include over 100 members and events have been won this year on the Bann, in Belfast, in Castlewellan, in Dublin and also in Cork.

Irish Championships Report

Recently the elite of Irish rowing gathered in Cork to compete at the Irish Rowing Championships 2018. What this CGS team of 21 rowers achieved was outstanding.

Our year 12 lady sculler won a Championship of Ireland pennant last achieved by CAI rowers in 1990.

Our year 14 boy got through to the J18 single scull semi final just missing out on the final and achieved a 7th place overall, later he joined his year 13 rowing partner and through nerve jangling heats and semi finals they fought the best in Ireland ultimately finishing 5th.

Our year 11 girl won gold in the J15 single. The girls and boys sixteen eights became the fourth and fifth fastest sixteen eights in Ireland with the boys storming to a final, winning the semifinal in thrilling fashion.

Our year 9 boy and girl single scullers both narrowly missed out on gold, finishing in silver medal positions.

All represented the school and their families with maturity beyond their years both when dealing with success and what they considered disappointment as they had such high expectations. It was tremendous to see so many travelling supporters and family members. All that remains is to thank all the assistant coaches volunteers who made this weekend possible.

Mr Johnston.


Download Coleraine Grammar School Rowing Club Membership Form

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Legacy of Successful Rowers



Richard began rowing at the age of 14, at Coleraine Academical Institution Boat Club, under the coaching of Bobby Platt, MBE, where he was part of the
CAIBC Junior 16 8+ which won the Ulster Championships in 2001.

He later left CAI and joined Bann Rowing Club and went on to represent Ireland in the junior pair at the 2003 Home Internationals in Cork with fellow CAIBC
Old Boy Stephen Feeney.

He attended Oxford Brookes University reading Construction Management and rowed for the university boat club. It was there that he progressed into the
Great Britain Rowing team where he has won medals at 6 World Rowing Championships and also won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Richard is a member of the Coleraine Alumni Rowing Association and often returns to the school boat club to offer support and guidance to the
rowers and coaches.

Olympic Games

2012 – London Olympics – Silver Medal – LM4-

2008 – Beijing Olympics – 5th – LM4-

World Rowing Championships

2015 – France – Silver – LM2x

2014 – Netherlands – Bronze – LM4-

2013 – South Korea – Bronze – LM2x

2011 – Slovenia – Bronze – LM4-

2010 – New Zealand – Gold – LM4-

2007 – Germany – Gold – LM4-

2006 – England – 6th – LM2-


Alan began rowing at Coleraine Inst at the age of 14 under the supervision of coach Bobby Platt, MBE. In 1999, Alan won gold in the Junior 16 Single Sculls
at the Irish Rowing Championships in Cork. Alan moved to London where he rowed at Tideway Scullers, making his breakthrough into the GB Rowing Team.

Alan has represented GB at three Olympic Games and won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He has also won numberous World Championship medals
and has won the Diamond Sculls event at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta an incredible three times.

Alan regularly returns to Coleraine to offer support and guidance to the school rowing club.

Olympic Games

2012 – London Olympics – Bronze – M1x

2008 – Beijing Olympics – 5th – M1x

2004 – Athens Olympics – 12th – M4x

World Rowing Championships

2015 – France – 8th – M1x

2013 – South Korea – 4th – M1x

2011 – Slovenia – Bronze – M1x

2010 – New Zealand – Bronze – M1x

2009 – Poland – Silver – M1x

2007 – Germany – 4th – M1x

2006 – England – 6th – M1x

2005 – Japan – 7th – M4x


Richard began rowing at Coleraine Academical Institution Boat Club under the coaching of Sid Grey and Bobby Platt MBE and in 1996 was a member of the historic
first eight which won silver at the Irish Senior Rowing Championships and competed at Henley Royal Regatta.

Richard read Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast where he continued his rowing career and won numerous titles at the Irish Rowing Championships.

Richard was selected to row for Ireland in 2000 and went on to represent Ireland at International Level for 8 years, including 2 Olympic Games and silver
and bronze medals at the World Rowing Championships.

After retiring from rowing in 2008 Richard served as a Director of COBRA, the Coleraine Alumni Rowing Association and continues to offer coaching and guidance
to the school boat club.

Olympic Games

2008 – Beijing Olympics – 10th – LM4-

2004 – Athens Olympics – 6th – LM4-

World Rowing Championships

2007 – Germany – 12th – LM4-

2006 – England – Bronze – LM4-

2005 – Japan – Silver – LM4-

2003 – Italy – 6th – LM4-

2002 – Spain – 7th – LM4-


Coleraine Alumni Rowing Association

CGS rowers are very grateful for and benefit immensely from the continued involvement of the Coleraine Alumni Rowing Association.  Their role is as

Supporting CGS Boat Club

• Fundraising and purchasing new equipment for the club

• Provide consultative advice to C.G.S.

• Whilst not a coaching organisation, continue to provide coaching and organisational assistance to the school club when necessary.

Supporting CAIBC/CGSBC Alumni

• Encouraging recent school leavers to contribute to the future success of C.G.S. Boat Club

• Arranging social events

• Keeping members informed of the activities of the school club, as well as its alumni who are still competing domestically or internationally

• Challenging the school’s top crews to an annual race for the Hamburg Trophy

Coleraine Alumni Rowing Association

Supporting Coleraine Rowers – past, present and future

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