The 2016 Home International Regatta takes place this weekend, Saturday 23rd July in Cardiff Bay, Wales. The event is now in its 54th year. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will compete to win the Victor Ludorum – Latin for ‘the winner of the games’- in four categories: Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men and Junior Women (under 18). Last year in Strathclyde, Scotland won the title for senior men and Ireland the Junior Men, while England claimed both the Senior Women and Junior Women’s titles.
The Home International has been, for some, the pinnacle of their rowing career; for others a first step on the road to World and Olympic Championships. Racing is always very hard fought, but after the race crews get together and many friendships are made. It also offers the unique opportunity to watch and engage with top level athletes just weeks before the eyes of the world descend on Rio for the Olympic Games this year.
The course runs from the Penarth end of Barrage to finish at Mermaid Quay, and the open viewing and easy access for spectators means the Home International Regatta at Cardiff Bay is one of the best for showcasing the sport of rowing. Check out the Wales HIR website for more info on the event.
The Irish Teams selected for the Regatta can be found below. Following the Irish Rowing Championships last weekend, the following athletes have also been added to the Home International Team:
Junior Women’s Sculling:
Georgia O’Brien – Kenmare RC
Alana O’Donovan – Bann RC
Junior Men’s Sweep:
Jack Stacey and Edward Meehan, both from Commercial RC
Congratulations to all who have been selected and best of luck to you as you represent yourselves, your clubs and Rowing Ireland at this year’s Home International Regatta. Here’s hoping for plenty more medals this year!