Four Irish crews are ready to race at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.
More than 750 athletes, aged under 18, from 57 countries will take part in the World Championship event which began today (Wednesday August 8th) and will conclude on Sunday August 12th.
Germany and the United States are sending the largest teams, both with 14 crews – one for each boat class. They are followed by Italy with 13 crews while Ireland will be represented by 13 athletes from seven clubs – Carlow RC, Shandon BC, Castleconnell BC, Fermoy RC, Workmen’s RC and Bish RC. A large contingent of Irish supporters has travelled to Racice to cheer on the junior athletes who are the likely to be the international Irish rowing stars of the future.
The first Irish boat to compete tomorrow will be the hotly contested Junior Men’s Coxed Four with the crew of Eoin Finnegan (cox, St. Joseph’s RC), Conor Mulready (bow, Castleconnell), James O’Donovan (Castleconnell), Fintan O’Driscoll (Carlow) and Eoin Gaffney (stroke, Shandon). They race in heat one of their event at 8.10am (BST) against crews from Canada, Hungary, Russia and Croatia.
Next up for Ireland will be the Junior Women’s Pair of Ellie O’Reilly (stroke) and Gill McGirr (bow) both from Fermoy RC. They won gold at the 2017 Coupe de la Jeunesse and were last month named Irish Champions in the JW2- event at the 2018 Irish Rowing Championships on Inniscarra Lake. They will race in heat three of their event against crews from USA, Canada and GB at 8.35am (BST).
The Irish Junior Men’s quad of Jack Keating (stroke, Carlow), Jack Dorney (Shandon), Alex Byrne (Shandon), Luke Hayes-Nally (bow, Shandon) who won two gold medals at the 2017 Coupe de la Jeunesse, race against crews from New Zealand, Italy, Lithuania and Switzerland in heat one of the JM4x at 9.55am. This is a four-heat event and will see only the first and second placed boats progress directly to the A/B semi-finals while the remaining crews go through to repechage.
Ciara Moynihan (bow) and Ciara Browne (stroke) both of Workmen’s RC, who were winners of the Junior Women’s Double at the 2018 Irish Rowing Championships, will race against France, Greece, Estonia, Serbia and Lithuania in heat two of the JW2xat 10.20am where competition is also likely to be fierce to qualify directly for the A/B semi-final.
Last year, Romania dominated the Junior World Rowing Championships, winning six medals. They were followed by Great Britain and the Czech Republic who both won two gold medals.
The Irish Junior World Rowing Championship team coaches, Fran Keane and Ray Morrison are confident that their crews have prepared appropriately and are ready to face the international competition.
Race times for Irish crews Thursday August 9th, 2018:
(all times listed are BST / Irish time)
8:10 JM4+ Heat 1 – Eoin Finnegan (cox, Bish RC), Conor Mulready (bow, Castleconnell), James O’Donovan (Castleconnell), Fintan O’Driscoll (Carlow) and Eoin Gaffney (stroke, Shandon)
8:35 JW2- Heat 3 – Ellie O’Reilly (stroke) and Gill McGirr (bow) both Fermoy RC.
9:55 JM4x Heat 1 – Jack Keating (stroke, Carlow), Jack Dorney (Shandon), Alex Byrne (Shandon), Luke Hayes-Nally (bow, Shandon)
10:20 JW2x Heat 2 – Ciara Moynihan (bow) and Ciara Browne (stroke) both Workmen’s RC
For more information on how to follow the World Rowing Junior Championships visit: http://worldrowing.com/news/how-follow-2018-world-rowing-junior-championships
Live race tracker and live audio will be available for ALL races on www.worldrowing.com.
Live video streaming will be available on World Rowing’s main Facebook page and on the Junior Facebook page. The video streaming will start ten minutes before every race and will cover ALL races from 8 to 10 August.
The LIVE video will then move to the worldrowing.com on Saturday 11 August and will cover ALL races until the end of the regatta on Sunday 12 August.