UStABC Rower selected for GB at World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals

Alice Vine
Friday 23 September 2022

Fourth year ScotGEM student and rower Ryan Glymond has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals in Wales next month. Ryan will be the cox of the mixed coastal quadruple scull for Great Britain, the first time a rower from St Andrews has been selected for the national team at a senior level. 

Ryan’s talent in the Beach Sprints discipline of rowing was discovered just over a year ago when several club members travelled to the British Rowing Coastal Championships and excelled at it on their first attempt. Since then he has been a member of the GB Beach Sprints Development Squad and has become an invaluable character in the Beach Sprints racing scene across the country. For example he recently took on the role of Head of Safety at the recent Home International Rowing Beach Sprints Regatta in St Andrews, on top of his own selection process. Ryan has been a committed member of the Boat Club over his time here, and the club is delighted for him and this news.  

Director of Rowing Alan Sinclair says “Ryan’s selection for GB comes as no surprise to me- he’s shown nothing but commitment and determination throughout the trialling process. A GB vest at a home championships is an incredible achievement in itself and both the boat club and I will be cheering him on to success in October.” 

On this achievement, Ryan says “I’m so excited to be selected to represent Great Britain at the WRBSF. As the host nation, the pressure is on to deliver results and I’m confident that we can do that. I’m very proud to be racing for GB as a St Andrews student. I want to say a huge thank you to the Boat Club, Alan and Saints Sport for supporting me to get here.” 

Coastal Rowing is a huge new step for the University of St Andrews Boat Club, founded 60 years ago by John Browne and supported by our alumni network since. To have one of our athletes recognised in this way in these early stages is incredible, and shows the real potential for Coastal Rowing success in St Andrews. This potential has been supported by the investment in Coastal Rowing by Saints Sport, with a new fleet of coastal rowing boats and the hosting of two Beach Sprints events in St Andrews, of national and international levels, in the last few months.  

The 2022 World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals will take place in Saundersfoot, Wales from the 14th to 16th October.  

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