Rio Olympian Claire Lambe Retires from International Rowing

Former Rowing Ireland high performance rower, Claire Lambe, has recently announced her decision to retire from international competition after a highly successful career at elite level.

From Dublin, Claire started rowing at the age of 15 and competed for Commercial RC, UCD BC and Old Collegians BC as well as Cambridge University BC who she helped defeat Oxford in the 72nd edition of the Women’s Boat Race along the Thames last year. The 27-year-old completed an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge, having studied mechanical engineering at UCD.

Claire’s first international rowing experience was competing for Ireland at the Home International Regatta at 16 years of age, and went on to claim numerous international and national honours over the course of her athletic career:

  • Silver medal at the World University Championships 2012
  • Fourth place at the U23 World Championship 2012 and fourth place at European Championship 2013 in the lightweight single scull
  • Champion of Ireland in the Women’s single scull 2013 and 2014
  • 9th place at the 2015 World Championships, qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games in the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull with Sinead Lynch
  • World Cup II 2016, 7th in Lightweight Double Scull
  • World Cup III 2016, 4th in Lightweight Double Scull
  • European Championships 2016, 9th in Lightweight Double Scull
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 6th overall. Claire and Sinead were the first female Irish crew to reach an Olympic A Final.
  • Champion of Ireland in the Women’s Senior 8+ and Women’s Senior double sculls 2017.

The accomplishment of racing in an Olympic final in particular has been incredibly inspiring to so many young athletes and it has been a privilege for all of us to share in Claire’s journey. We at Rowing Ireland wish Claire the very best in her retirement from international rowing and hope to see her on the domestic circuit for many seasons to come!


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