Volunteers in our sport play a vital role in the enjoyment, participation and safe organisation of our sport. We wish to recognise the significant part played by our legion of volunteers, by each month highlighting the efforts of the individuals and awarding them with the ‘Volunteer of the Month’ Award.

Whether it’s in your club or at committee or board level, being a volunteer can be immensely rewarding. And although it can seem that the altruistic intent puts the focus on helping others, volunteering also provides the volunteer with lots of benefits. Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills or try out a new activity. Recent research also shows that helping others can be a deeply fulfilling experience that’s positive for your wellbeing.

The following definition comes from Volunteer Ireland; What is volunteering? To put it simply, volunteering is doing more than you have to, because you want to, because you care.

We in rowing have an abundance of enthusiastic, experienced and motivated Volunteers. We would like your help to give formal recognition to those that go above and beyond to support our clubs and our sport.

Each month in 2023 we will award one volunteer with the title of ‘Volunteer of the Month’.


  • All nominees must be members of Rowing Ireland and a paid member of an affiliated Club.
  • Nominations must be submitted by a member of an affiliated Rowing Ireland Club.
  • Must be an active volunteer in the sport.

December Volunteer of the Month

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The Offshore and Coastal ADM will be held on Sunday 10th December at 10.00 am in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise.

A new Committee will be elected by the member clubs and any proposals that were received by the deadline date will be discussed and voted on by the clubs. The clubs will also decide on the Host Club and venue for the 2024 Coastal Championships.

Unfortunately, we have to postpone the Event Roadshow meetings scheduled for this month due to operational issues. These meetings will be rescheduled to dates in January and will be released shortly. The aim of these meetings is to get feedback and ideas from our members, clubs and event organisers on how to develop the flatwater calendar for 2025 and beyond, and we hope to have as many people involved as possible in the New Year.

We would like to thank everyone who has expressed their interest so far in the roadshow and the discussion topics.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for further updates

We are delighted to announce that Mark Butler of Carrick Rowing Club is November’s Volunteer of the Month.

Mark is the head coach, trustee, and committee member of Carrick Rowing Club. He was heavily involved in the refurbishment of the club’s changing rooms and plays a significant role in the organisation of the Head of the Shannon and University Championships each year. Along with this, he frequently gives up his time to umpire at regattas.

Mark ensures the smooth running of Carrick Rowing Club and is a ey player in the day-to-day operations of the club and the events that take place throughout the year.

Congratulations, Mark!

We are running this module as a stand alone day’s training on Saturday, December 16th at the UCD High Performance gym in Belfield, Dublin. 

Course topics include:

  • Fundamental Strength Training Principles.
  • Understanding the Biomechanics of Human Strength.
  • Effective Warm-Up and Cool-Down Strategies.
  • Proper Stretching Techniques
  • Injury Prevention Strategies

The course is an opportunity for individuals who may have missed this segment in their Level One course to fulfil the requirements.

The course is an opportunity for coaches who have not yet taken their Level One course to become more proficient in this area.

The cost for this full day course is €60. 

Please register your interest HERE and we will be in touch.

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