A strong team of 11 athletes from all across the country have arrived in France today to compete in the World University Rowing Championships. The athletes will compete in six boats at the Championships, which are being held in Gravelines in Northern France, from Friday to Sunday this weekend.
The athletes performed their last training session at the National Rowing Centre on Monday last, 8th September, before beginning their journey to the Championship location.
Team Ireland is being managed by Andrew Coleman of Dublin University Ladies Boat Club.
The teams are as follows:
- Men’s Lightweight Single Scull (LM1x) Chris Beck – Queens University Belfast Boat Club
- Men’s Lightweight Double Scull (LM2x) Shane O’Driscoll & Gary O’Donovan – Cork Institute of Technology
- Men’s Single Scull (M1x) Turlough Hughes – University College Dublin Boat Club
- Women’s Lightweight Single Scull (LW1x) Sinead Dolan – Dublin University Ladies Boat Club
- Women’s Lightweight Double Scull (LW2x) Orla Hayes – University of London Boat Club & Ruth Morris – Dublin University Ladies Boat Club
- Women’s Four, Coxless (W4-) Shelly Dineen – Dublin City University Boat Club, Orla Finnegan – University College Dublin Boat Club, Grace Collins – University College Dublin Boat Club & Natalie Long – University of London Boat Club
Team Ireland has performed quite well over the last number of years at the World University Rowing Championships, most notably Claire Lambe finishing second in the Women’s Lightweight Single Scull in 2012. It is hoped that the 11 rowers can bring even more success home with them this time around.
Team Ireland is supported by Student Sport Ireland and we want to thank them for their on-going support.
Everyone here at Rowing Ireland wishes Andrew and the team the best of luck for the coming days.