There's nothing easy about the sporting development of Aberdeen's Lewis McCue.
The 20-year-old RGU Applied Sport and Exercise Science student has to combine his studies with an intensive fitness regime which means that any late night parties are off limits.
Instead, he and his colleagues have the attitude that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Yet, the last few weeks have testified to the rowing prowess of the RGU brigade, with success on both the national and international stage.
But there's no resting on laurels from these hardy competitors.
Members of RGU’s Rowing Club took part in the Scottish University Championships at Strathclyde Park and the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Regatta in Nottingham.
The club won two gold, five silver and two bronze medals at the Scottish event.
One of the main highlights was McCue securing a gold medal.
He said: “It was great to win the Scottish University Championships and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the event.
“I’m aiming to win a medal at the U23 World Championships for Great Britain in July, so I am really working hard on my training and performances.”
This fellow McCue is a redoubtable character. He's not the tallest in the saddle, but once he is in a boat, he's a dynamic competitor.
He also took part in the Essen Regatta in Germany this month where he raced in the U23 male coxless fours.
The team was made up of students from Edinburgh, Newcastle and London universities and the Scot won a silver medal in their category final.
That was a terrific achievement, but McCue wants more. As he said: “Competing in Germany was a great experience and showed that I have got some speed to find.
"But both races there were another step in the right direction leading into a packed programme of summer racing.”
Events Management student and President of the Rowing Club, Erin Wyness, has been understandably delighted with these performances.
She said: “It was great that we were able to take so many people to the BUCS Regatta, especially around the busy exam period.
“One of the highlights of BUCS had to be when our Men’s Captain and GB trialist Lewis McCue and pairs partner Adam Luczak, both RGU Sport Scholars, claimed the bronze medal after an exciting and hard fought race against the best student rowers in the country.”
This club is going from strength to strength and Erin is optimistic for the future.
She said: “We’re aiming to remain competitive for the rest of the season at all levels and be the first choice university in Scotland for junior rowers to come to.”
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