Ireland had three crews competing in the 2021 World Rowing Junior Championships this week in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
In the first race of the day, Ronan Gibbon, Fergus Bryce, Donagh Claffey and David Foley raced in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls A Final, finishing sixth with a time of 06:11.00. The crew faced five other quads, from Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
In the Women’s Double Sculls A Final, Holly Davis and Rachel Bradley finished third to take the bronze medal. The duo finished with a final time of 07:15.62, after achieving the fastest time of all crews in the W2x Semi-Finals. Holly and Rachel faced crews from Greece, France, Slovenia, Italy and The Netherlands.
In the final race of the day, Oisin Boyle and Martin O’Grady finished fifth in the Men’s Double Sculls A Final, with a time of 06:36.52. Oisin and Martin faced crews from Greece, Italy, Poland and Germany.
Speaking after the race, Rowing Ireland’s High-Performance Director Antonio Maurogiovanni said: “I would like to congratulate all of the athletes and coaches on their performances and results in the World Rowing Junior Championships this weekend. This was the last event of the year and overall, it was a very successful weekend for our athletes and coaches.
“The Rowing Ireland National Rowing Centre has once again delivered a fantastic performance, after the six crews qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics winning two medals, and the U23 crews racing at the u23 World Championships, also taking home two medals.
“Congratulations to Holly, Rachel and their coaches on winning the bronze medal in the women’s double. For all three crews to reach A Finals is a great accomplishment and continues to show how successful the high-performance program is.
“Thank you to their coaches Ciro, Janet, Nicolo and Leah for their hard work and dedication in preparing and coaching the crews over the last number of weeks at the National Rowing Centre. I also want to thank the athlete’s and coaches clubs and their families for their continued support. The experience that these athletes gained from this challenging competition will be beneficial for their future development and i look forward to seeing their progression in the coming years.
We are on the right direction, but more work needs to be done in order to support our young rowers for the future; for Paris 2024 and beyond.”
- M4x (Ronan Gibbon, Fergus Bryce, Donagh Claffey and David Foley) – Sixth place
- W2x (Holly Davis and Rachel Bradley) – Third place 🥉
- M2x (Oisin Boyle and Martin O’Grady) – Fifth place
- Antonio Maurogiovanni – High-Performance Director
- Ciro Prisco – Coach
- Janet Walsh – Coach
- Nicolo Maurogiovanni – Coach
- Leah O’Regan – Coach