Irish Trunk and Arms sculler Katie O’Brien made history this weekend by winning Women’s Henley in her single. The schoolgirl, from Tribesmen Rowing Club in Galway, secured an easily verdict against Lathan from Tees Rowing Club in the first round and then beat Connon, from Cantabrigian Rowing Club in Cambridge, by three lengths in the final. The TA event is run over a shortened course to bring it in line with international Para-rowing distance of one kilometre.
Katie demonstrated excellent sculling ability and a gutsy competitive attitude in her racing and dominated the event from start to finish. She had hoped to be at the World Cup competing in the TA mixed doubles sculls event but unfortunately does not currently have a partner to row with. Eligible athletes in this event would be prohibited from using a sliding seat from a condition such as a fused knee or a double above knee amputation. The search for a suitable doubles partner for Katie continues and she is aiming for the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.