Our clubs and members are the backbone of our sport and organisation.

We want to celebrate that with your help. So we are delighted to launch our inaugural Rowing Ireland annual awards.

These awards will recognise and honour the fantastic work and the outstanding accomplishments of our rowers, coaches and volunteers throughout the year. 

We want you our clubs and members to tell us who you think should be nominated for these well-deserved awards. So we are encouraging all our incredible clubs to vote for those most deserving of these awards. You can choose someone in your club or outside of your club.

The presentation will take place at the Rowing Ireland AGM on Sunday, 20th of November 2022, at Sport Ireland, Dublin.

We will announce next week who will be on the judging panel tasked with a challenging role in selecting the final awardees.

We look forward to seeing you all there on the day to help us celebrate the past year’s successes. These unique awards that the Rowing Ireland crew has commissioned are being handmade by Kenny McDonald.


Coach of the Year *
Up and Coming Rower of the Year **
Senior Rower of the Year *
High Performance Rower of the Year *
Club of the Year **
Umpire of the Year **
Volunteer of the Year **
Women in Sport Advocate **
Highest achievement Award of the Year **
Rowability Award of the Year

* public chooses winner

** judging panel chooses winner

Please consider the following criteria;


  • All nominees must have been members of Rowing Ireland and a paid member of an affiliated club during the 2021/22 Season (October 2021– August 2022).
  • The nomination must be based on accomplishments between 01/09/21 and 31/08/2022 Accomplishments outside of this timeframe will be disregarded.
  • Nominations for Awards must be submitted by a member of an affiliated Rowing Ireland Club/Member. Clubs may nominate other clubs and other Rowing Ireland members outside of their club. Clubs may also nominate their own club and club members.
  • Clubs may only submit one nomination in each category.


  • A fully completed nomination form (below). Nominations can be up to 200 words.
  • Written outline of your nominees’ accomplishments. Please give a detailed reason as to why your nominee deserves the award.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday 11th of November 2022

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Following today’s Sport Ireland launch of the Tokyo review and release of High Performance (HP) funding, Rowing Ireland welcomed the investment into the Sport following a very successful Olympic campaign.

Rowing Ireland received an increase from €620,000 to €1,093,333 which represents an overall increase of 75% in funding for the year. As a result of the Tokyo review, Rowing Ireland will use this model to grow its programme and models, to continue on its trajectory toward the Paris 2024 games.

Following the announcement, Rowing Ireland’s HP Director Antonio Maurogiovanni said, “This significant increase in funding from Sport Ireland will add value to the overall resources of Rowing Ireland’s programme with a view of ensuring positive outcomes for the next Olympic campaign in 2024 and beyond. This extra funding is a result of the hard work done by athletes, coaches, and management in the last five years. Now is the time to put the medals into the draw and go back to what has made the Rowing Program a successful Olympic Sport, implementing the necessary and identified strategies.”

Rowing Ireland is based at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Woods, just outside Cork city near Ballincollig, and runs a High-Performance centre at this venue where the athletes are located and train for their Olympic journey.

The programme has grown in several years with the organisation focusing on a clear pathway from Rowing Irelands, Get Going…Get Rowing programme to it’s affiliated clubs and from there to a succinct High-Performance pathway at Junior and U23 levels.

Rowing Ireland continues to work with several Irish Universities also and has an MOU in place with Queen’s University Belfast and University Galway to ensure that an athlete’s pathway is complete, including education and career progression during their journey. Rowing Ireland continue to work with other Universities around the country to support this pathway and athlete progression on and off the water.

The Chair of the HP Committee Garth Young commented, “As the NGB of a minority sport, Rowing Ireland relies on the support of Sport Ireland to implement a world-class high-performance strategy. The success of our athletes at the World Championship and Olympic level, which brings attention to sport on the island of Ireland simply wouldn’t be possible without the strong partnership and support of Sport Ireland.”

Today the review of Tokyo was also launched and welcomed by Rowing Ireland. The review clearly identified the success of the programme which led to rowing becoming one of Ireland’s top sports with a medal haul of four bronze medals and two gold medals for the team as well notable results among other crews that will continue on the journey for Paris.

Chairman of the committee for the Tokyo cycle, Neville Maxwell commented, “The Tokyo Olympic cycle was one of the most unprecedented Olympic cycles for many of us. How Sport Ireland worked with the Rowing Ireland HP pathway programme was a positive one and allowed us to prepare our largest ever Olympic team with six crews from our male and female squads. The success we achieved from Junior to Olympic level by our athletes, coaches, and support staff was facilitated by this strong working partnership and we all look forward to continuing this into Paris and beyond”.

CEO of Rowing Ireland Michelle Carpenter added, “We would like to very much thank Sport Ireland for their continued commitment to Rowing in Ireland on all facets of our journey. We have worked hand in hand with Sport Ireland to ensure that we are resourced and supported for the upcoming Olympic cycle and have reflected on what we need to do differently from our journey to Tokyo. We welcome the Tokyo review and in particular the acknowledgement of the resources needed to run our HP programme. We will continue to work with the team in Sport Ireland and the Irish Sports Institute, together with our partnerships with Sport NI and Irish Universities along with our loyal sponsors, as we head into a very short but very exciting cycle for Paris. We will ensure that our sport is resourced and in the best place both on and off the water to achieve all that we have set out to do.”

Sport Ireland HP Funding Media Release