Sam is rowing towards success

Chungju, South Korea.  GBR LM2-, Bow, Sam SCRIMGEOUR and Mark ALDRED, move away from the start on the second day of the 2013 FISA World Rowing Championships, Tangeum Lake International Regatta Course. 03:38:05  Monday  26/08/2013 [Mandatory Credit. Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

Chungju, South Korea. GBR LM2-, Bow, Sam SCRIMGEOUR and Mark ALDRED, move away from the start on the second day of the 2013 FISA World Rowing Championships, Tangeum Lake International Regatta Course. 03:38:05 Monday 26/08/2013 [Mandatory Credit. Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

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Former Webster’s High School student Sam Scrimgeour has won a bronze medal in the lightweight men’s pair final at the World Championships in South Korea.

It was a tight finish as Sam and partner Mark Aldred pushed for silver, but they were narrowly beaten by the experienced Italian duo.

The Swiss hosts led for the entire race and finished strongly to take the gold.

Sam’s mother Sally was overjoyed with her son’s performance: “I’m still shaking. I’m not sure whether it’s easier to be there or watch it on the television. For a mother, watching is not easy.”

Despite the nail-biting experience of watching Sam compete, Sally is delighted with her son’s performance: “As parents we are extremely proud.

“Sam has worked exceedingly hard to achieve his medals.

“It takes absolute dedication.”

It is not the first taste of success that the duo has enjoyed. Sam and Mark have competed in two Rowing World Cup competitions this year.

The pair attended the World Cup event at Eton Dorney in June and won the gold medal in the lightweight men’s pair.

They have also attended the World Cup event in the Swiss city of Lucerne where they fended off their rivals to take the gold once again.

At last year’s European Rowing Championship in Italy, Sam was part of the lightweight men’s four team alongside Adam Freeman-Pask, Will Fletcher and Jono Clegg. The crew took silver in the event, finishing less than a second behind hosts Italy.

In 2010, Sam was part of the lightweight men’s four team who took bronze at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Belarus.

In 2009, he won a gold medal in the lightweight men’s four at the National Championships.

Sam is a graduate of Strathclyde University, gaining a Master’s degree in Aero Mechanical Engineering, including an exchange year which he spent at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

It was during his time at the university that he took up rowing, joining the Strathclyde University Boat Club. He went on to join Glasgow Rowing Club and it was there his talent really began to flourish.

On the rare occasions that Sam is able to return home he remains equally committed to his training.

He has regular sessions on his rowing machine, as well as spending a lot of time rowing his scull on the Den of Ogil reservoir.

Sam is lottery funded and hopes to be a part of the GB Olympic team. He is currently on holiday in the United States before returning to the UK for the GB trials.