Rowing Ireland would like to congratulate Sanita Puspure and Claire Lambe on their nominations for the OFI Athletes’ Commission.

Claire and Sanita have both represented Ireland in Rowing at the Olympics. Claire competed in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Sanita competed at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympics in the Women’s Single Sculls.

The recruitment process opened for the 2022-2024 term before Christmas and Olympians from any of the last four Olympic cycles, winter, or summer, were invited to apply for a position on the commission that acts as the athlete’s voice for Irish Olympic athletes.  Voting opened on 11th of January and will close at 1pm on the 16th of January 2022.

Seven people will be elected from the list of candidates, with Shane O’Connor deemed selected to the Athletes’ Commission, being an automatic selection as the sole nomination from the winter sports.

Both genders will be represented in line with the OFI’s gender balance policy of 40%.

The successful members will be elected to the OFI Athletes’ Commission and will remain in office until late 2024.

Full List of Nominees

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Please see an update from Joe Cantillon regarding the IIRC 2022

Hi Folks,

Happy New Year to you all.

After much thought, it was decided to cancel the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships this year due to the rising Covid-19 numbers

There is too much uncertainty and risk for Staff, Volunteers, Competitors and Spectators.

I am particularly glad we showcased how the event could be run under restrictions in November with the PROVINCES IRC which went off without a hitch. Suffice to say, with vastly increased numbers I didn’t want to push our luck.

See you all again next year. Stay safe and see you on the rowing circuit(s).

Joe C.


World and European Rowing has announced the list of umpires for the 2022 International events which saw three Irish appointments.

Rowing Ireland would like to congratulate Lisa O’Callaghan, Kieran Kerr and Seamus Scully on their selections as umpires for the 2022 season.

Lisa will be an umpire at the World Rowing Cup II in Poznan which takes place on the 17th – 18th June. Lisa will also umpire at the European Rowing Under 19 Championships in Sabaudia on the 21st and 22nd of May.

Kieran has been selected to the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Saundersfoot which will take place on the 7th – 9th October.

Kieran’s second appointment will be at the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals in Saundersfoot (GBR) which will take place the following week from the 14th – 16th October.

Seamus has been selected at the European Rowing Under 23 Championships in Hazewinkel on the 3rd and 4th of September.

Congratulations to Lisa, Kieran and Seamus on their appointments for 2022.


Due to the uncertainty about holding in-person exams this year, and with the large number of renewals that were extended until the end of 2021 last year, it has been decided to hold two online exams for renewals in January this year.

The suggested format is as follows:

  • One hour seminar via Zoom starting at 7.00pm on Wednesday 19th January (Leinster & Ulster) & Wednesday 26th January (Munster & Connaught)
  • All umpires register with an email before the exam at, closing date Wednesday 12th January
  • The seminar lasts one hour, at 7.45pm we email the exam questions and an answer sheet, which is part of the exam paper, that we need to have emailed back to us by 10.00pm that night. 

Any new candidates wishing to do Umpire Exams this year will have to register before the end of January at 

Once we know our numbers, we can set up exam venues when conditions allow.


T J Ryan

Chair Umpires Committee.