Rowing Ireland would like to congratulate the athletes selected for the Olympic Team representing Ireland in Tokyo this Summer. We are proud of our athletes, who are brilliant role models in the sport and have continued to go above and beyond in their athletic careers.
All of the athletes and coaches selected today have come on a journey, following a pathway supported by our rowing family and our Rowing Ireland clubs. We want to congratulate everyone who has supported and helped to develop the athletes throughout that journey.
Every Rowing Ireland club has played a part in today’s exciting announcement. Many of our clubs have athletes on the pathway at U23 or Junior pathway level. Clubs have organised regattas that our coaches and athletes have competed at throughout their journey or have facilitated athlete development through many other areas of support. Together, as we finally head into regatta season, we celebrate this.
From the moment that each rower picked up their first oar to winning medals at senior international regattas, their clubs, coaches, and families have acted as the foundations for their success. Without this support, the athletes and the sport itself would not have reached the levels seen today.
Congratulations must also go to our team of dedicated and passionate High-Performance coaches and support staff. They prepare, fine-tune, select, and support our athletes to perform at the peak of their athletic abilities, just at the right time to succeed at the highest level.
Six boats, comprising thirteen athletes, together with four key substitute athletes, will represent Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. This is the largest Irish rowing team to ever compete at the Olympic Games.
Rowing Ireland CEO Michelle Carpenter said: “Today is a proud day for Rowing Ireland, to see so many of our rowers competing in the largest sporting event in the world, and to see them represent us in the sport we all love. I want to thank everyone at Rowing Ireland and the friends, family and supporters of Rowing Ireland and our clubs.
This journey has always been a team effort, and today is a day to acknowledge this. From the members of our Board to the people who make coffee in the clubhouses around the country, today is a day to celebrate our athletes, coaches, administrators, and every single person involved in making this possible.”
Official Selection for Tokyo
Lightweight Men’s Double Scull (LM2x)
- Fintan McCarthy (Skibbereen Rowing Club)
- Paul O’Donovan (UCC Rowing Club/Skibbereen Rowing Club)
- Gary O’Donovan (Skibbereen Rowing Club) – Reserve
Women’s Single (W1x)
- Sanita Pušpure (Old Collegians Boat Club)
Men’s Double Scull (M2x)
- Ronan Byrne (UCC Rowing Club/Shandon Boat Club)
- Philip Doyle (Belfast Boat Club/Queen’s University Belfast Boat Club)
- Daire Lynch (Clonmel Rowing Club) – Reserve
Women’s Four (W4-)
- Emily Hegarty (UCC Rowing Club/Skibbereen Rowing Club)
- Fiona Murtagh (National University of Ireland Boat Club/Galway Rowing Club)
- Eimear Lambe (Old Collegians Boat Club/Commercial Rowing Club)
- Aifric Keogh (UCC Rowing Club/Colaiste Iognaid Rowing Club)
- Tara Hanlon (UCC Rowing Club/Cork Boat Club) – Reserve
Women’s Pair (W2-)
- Monika Dukarska (Killorglin Rowing Club)
- Aileen Crowley (Old Collegians Boat Club/Killorglin Rowing Club)
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (LW2x)
- Aoife Casey (UCC Rowing Club/Skibbereen Rowing Club)
- Margaret Cremen (UCC Rowing Club/Lee Rowing Club)
- Lydia Heaphy (UCC Rowing Club/Skibbereen Rowing Club) – Reserve
- Antonio Maurogiovanni – High-Performance Director
- Fran Keane (Athlone Boat Club/Pres Rowing Club) – Coach
- Dominic Casey (Skibbereen Rowing Club) – Coach
- Giuseppe DeVita (UCD Boat Club)- Coach
- Ciro Prisco (NUIG Boat Club)- Coach
- Sinead Murphy – Physiotherapist
- Feargal O’Callaghan (Shannon Rowing Club)- Team Manager