Boat race tar­get for Alex

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

A PERTH stu­dent with an am­bi­tion to join the Royal Air Force has his sights firmly set not on the sky but on the wa­ter.

Alex Ral­ston, 20, hopes to rep­re­sent the Uni­ver­sity of Aberdeen in the 22nd an­nual Aberdeen Boat Race next month. If cho­sen, cox Alex and his fel­low row­ers in the mixed eight crew will com­pete in the 3.5km race on the River Dee.

Alex (above), who’s study­ing ge­ol­ogy and pe­tro­leum ge­ol­ogy at Aberdeen, said: “Fly­ing a plane is one of the best feel­ings in the world. My grand­fa­ther was in the air force, so it’s been a life­long am­bi­tion of mine to be­come a pi­lot.

“There are sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween be­ing out on the wa­ter and up in the air. There’s a real em­pha­sis on team­work in both dis­ci­plines.”

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