Rowing Ireland are delighted to announce that Claire Lambe will join the Rowing Ireland team as Women in Sport officer. Claire will bring her experience and dedication to the new role which will focus on working with clubs to encourage and mentor women involved in our sport to coach and officiate as an objective of the Sport Ireland Women in Sport strategy that was launched recently.
Claire has been actively involved in the sport for over 15 years. She began her rowing career at a summer camp in Municipal rowing club, going on to join Commercial RC where she developed her passion for rowing as a junior athlete. In 2008, she went to University College Dublin to study engineering and joined the UCDLBC. While completing her studies, Claire made her senior international debut in 2010 in the lightweight women’s double sculls. Claire continued to compete in this boat class for Ireland up until the pinnacle of her sporting career when, alongside her double partner, Sinead Lynch, reached the final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Following the 2016 Olympic Games, Claire completed a masters in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University. Claire got the unique experience of winning the women’s Oxford Cambridge Boat Race on the Thames in 2017. Upon completion of her masters, Claire returned to Cork to join an engineering consultancy. In this role, Claire gained experience in energy and sustainability engineering projects, but her passion for sport was always in the back of her mind.
Now after two years, Claire is taking on a new venture with Rowing Ireland. “I’m very excited to take on this role as Women in Sport officer with Rowing Ireland. I’m looking forward to the challenge of trying to support and encourage more women into our sport, particularly from a coaching perspective. I believe we can tap into a great resource if we can encourage more women to take up roles in coaching and also in the governance of our clubs. Our sport has made great strides in increasing the participation of girls, but prolonging involvement beyond a junior level is essential for the sustainability of our clubs and the sport.‘
“We are delighted to welcome Claire to our small team at Rowing Ireland. The Women in Sport programme has always been a pillar of our organisation, firstly with the Get Going…Get Rowing programme and now moving the focus to supporting clubs in actively involving women in coaching and officiating. Supporting clubs on this key initiative will assist clubs in sustaining membership as our sport continues to grow. It will be of huge benefit to us all to have Claire working on this programme both with her knowledge of clubs around the country and her dedication and commitment to the sport” CEO of Rowing Ireland, Michelle Carpenter.