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Rowing Ireland are delighted to announce Cork County Council as an official event partner for the 2024 Irish Rowing Championships. The partnership is a significant development for the Championships and reflects the Council’s commitment to supporting sport and community engagement in Cork.

As the highlight in the domestic rowing calendar, the Championships will bring clubs, athletes, and spectators together at the National Rowing Centre for three days of exciting racing and with Cork County Council’s support, the 2024 Championships is shaping up to be a fantastic event for the entire community.   

Looking for something to do before or after the Championships – check out the official tourism website for Cork  https://www.purecork.ie/

Rowing Ireland, in collaboration Move2Be, Triathlon Ireland, and Cycling Ireland are offering a leadership programme to empower young female athletes aged 17-21, focusing on leadership development. The programme itself is a six-week programme that will run from mid September to October with one workshop each week, lasting 1h30. The objectives of the leadership programme are as follows:

  • Develop leadership experience: Focusing on sound judgement, interpersonal and organisational skills that contribute to the overall success of an event/organisation/team.
  • Expand insight, vision and strategic thinking: Developing the ability to identify and articulate challenges within sport, develop ideas and strategies to overcome them.
  • Foster motivation and inspiration: Expanding intrinsic motivation to achieve the best not only for themselves but for their teammates and club, fostering a positive and supportive environment.
  • Improve communication: Growing the skills to effectively communicate ideas, instructions and feedback to peers, teammates, club members and coaches.  

The programme will focus on practical takeaways and real-life examples. This course is for athletes of levels with an interest in leadership and we encourage all those who think they might be interested to apply by completing this application form

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The second Grand League Regatta took place this week in Lough Rinn, Leitrim. The event was a fantastic success, with favorable weather conditions making the day all the more enjoyable for the almost 300 crews that raced throughout the day. Highlights from the weekend included the Methodist MJ18A, and Enniskillen WJ18 A crews taking the win in the Div 1 8+’s races.

After the Lough Rinn regatta, Neptune RC stands at the top of the Grand League table with 1028 points, followed by St. Michaels RC in second place. The full table can be found below. Up next is the Dublin Metropolitan Regatta, which will take place at Blessington Lake on May 25th. Entries will close at 7 pm on Wednesday.

Eight Rowing Ireland clubs made the trip to Belgium for the 2024 Ghent International Regatta, which also took place this weekend. Castleconnell BC picked up the ‘Best Junior Club’ award at this year’s regatta after picking up a number of wins throughout the weekend, including gold in the WU19 8+ and silver in the MU19 8+.

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In this Women in Coaching spotlight series we will showcase the female contributors to rowing in Ireland.

This month we are putting the Women in Coaching Spotlight on Amy Johnson of the Get Going Get Rowing Programme.

How did you get involved with rowing?

Two years after we moved here to Ireland, my then-11-year-old son found his sport and his tribe after doing a summer camp at our local club. When they asked for volunteers I went down to see what it was all about. I remember being petrified to touch the boats, given how expensive they were! I’m also not a huge fan of water, if I’m honest. I ended up helping on the slip for three seasons, getting the youngest rowers into and out of boats safely and efficiently. It took a year or so, but I finally got into a boat and started rowing myself, and of course I love it. I’ve met some of the nicest people through this sport, and even turned it into my full-time job. I’m all-in, so to speak!

How long you have been coaching?

About 4 years now.

What’s your favourite part about coaching?

There is nothing quite like that feeling when you see a kid from our schools programme or summer camps rowing in their first regatta in their club one-piece, having joined because of Get Rowing. But my every-day favorite part of coaching—and the kind I do is quite unique compared to most other rowing coaches—is seeing every kid progress as they are coached in our programme. Over 6 weeks time, the vast majority of them realize that they can do that bit better, that they are that bit faster or stronger at the end of the programme than they were when they started. I always point that out to them, and I hope they take that achievement away with them. Because you never know when that seed will take root and grow into something meaningful for that young person. They might stay in our sport or explore another sport, based on having demonstrated to themselves that they have an athletic achievement to be proud of.

The Cork International Hotel is the official hotel partner of the 2024 Irish Rowing Championships and are offering discounted bed and breakfast rates to anyone attending the Championships. 

Part of the Trigon Hotel Group, the 4-star Cork International Hotel is located just over 20mins from the National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods where the Championships will take place on July 12th, 13th and 14th

The hotel is also perfectly located at what is affectionately known as the gateway to West Cork. Situated only 20 minutes from Kinsale and 10 minutes from Cork city centre, The Cork International Hotel has easy access to and from the M8 motorway making it an ideal location for family breaks, couples escapes, international tourists and locals.  Its close proximity to Cork Airport is also ideal for people travelling on early or late flights or those who want to extend their breaks.

As part of the partnership, the Cork International Hotel are offering discounted bed and breakfast rates to anyone attending the Irish Rowing Championships. To avail of these discounted rates please contact the hotel directly at groups@trigonhotels.com or call 021 4549800, ask for groups and quote the Irish Rowing Championships.

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