Rowing Ireland was delighted to accept the invitation from Senator Padraig O’Ceidigh and the Committee of Transport, Tourism and Sport to present on the topic of Challenges Facing Minority Sport in Ireland on Wednesday 25th of September in Dáil Éireann. Rowing Ireland has been growing as a National Governing Body both, internationally, and domestically and was grateful to receive this opportunity to discuss the recent successes and growth and discuss the challenges that Rowing Ireland face in the current environment.
Rowing Ireland’s delegation included Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Carpenter and presentations from Rowing Ireland’s President Eamonn Colclough, High-Performance Chair, Neville Maxwell, and a discussion with High-Performance Athletes, Sanita Puspure, Phil Doyle, and Fintan McCarthy.
Rowing Ireland has increased its membership by 25% over three disciplines and to over one hundred affiliated clubs this year. There are currently over 4,500 registered members nationwide, and this number continues to grow. Rowing Ireland’s membership demographics now stand at 56% male to 44% female. Our Get Going…Get Rowing programme has engaged over 30,000 participants in schools nationwide and this figure continues to grow each year.
In September, Rowing Ireland qualified four boats for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and won four medals. The medal winners were, Sanita Puspure, Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan (Gold), Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle (Silver), and Katie O’Brien (Bronze). The four confirmed Irish boats are now the highest number of Irish boats participating in any Olympic Games. There is an additional opportunity to qualify another boat next year.
Rowing is growing both domestically and internationally and its our goal is to expand both our participation numbers nationwide and medals internationally. The aim is to inspire the nation and the next generation of Ireland’s Olympic Athletes.
Video: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/committees/32/transport-tourism-and-sport/ Rowing Ireland’s presentation starts at 1:57:00