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#Rowing: The awards season is proving a fruitful one for rowers. Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll were honoured at the Canon Hayes Centre awards and fellow Skibbereen man Paul O’Donovan has been nominated for the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year award. All three won gold medals at the 2017 World Championships.
Ireland coach Dominic Casey was also nominated for the World Rowing Coach of the Year at the World Rowing Awards. Casey and Morten Espersen, the former Ireland high peformance director, were also nominated for Distinguished Service to International Rowing.
On the night, the France coach Alexis Besancon was chosen as Coach of the Year. John Boultbee of Australia won the Distinguished Service to International Rowing.
The Male Crew of the Year were the German eight, Female Crew of the Year was single sculler Jeannine Gmelin and World Para Crew of the Year went to Birgit Skarstein of Norway.
#ROWING: Two of the top executives of the Olympic Council of Ireland have visited the National Rowing Centre in Cork and complimented the rowers and mentors on the professionalism of their programme.
Stephen Martin, the chief executive of the OCI, and Kevin Kilty, the chef de mission for the Ireland team at the Olympic Games in 2016, visited the National Rowing Centre on Friday. They were hosted by Morten Espersen, the Ireland high performance director, and Rowing Ireland chief executive Hamish Adams.
Martin and Kilty viewed the world-class facilities at the NRC and dropped in on a training session for the high performance rowers overseen by coaches Don and Mary McLachlan. The athletes train 14 to 16 times every week. The Olympic Council executives spoke to the athletes and answered questions about the OCI’s preparations for Rio 2016.
“I was delighted to take Morten up on his offer to see his athletes train here at the National Rowing Centre,” Kilty said. “The dedication of the athletes and coaches is inspiring and I must commend the work of Rowing Ireland and that of Morten and Hamish.”
He said he was certain rowers would feature strongly in Team Ireland’s performance in Rio 2016.
Martin added: “The work of Rowing Ireland here at the National Rowing Centre is exceptional and we at the OCI are working closely with the coaches and Morten to assist their work in delivering qualification for and ultimately success in Rio. I am extremely impressed by the dedication and commitment of the athletes that Kevin and I have met here today and we will support their endeavours to achieve qualification and success in Rio.”
#ROWING: The annual general meeting of Rowing Ireland at Garda Boat Club today was told my Morten Espersen, the High Performance Director, that he expected to send at least three women’s boats to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The two motions before the meeting were passed by assent: Just Sport Ireland will be adopted as the final arbitrator in grievance procedures and the agm may be called at any time through the year.
The meeting was concluded in an hour.
Connacht: Mike McCrohan, Tribesmen
Leinster: Niall O’Toole, Commercial
Ulster: Gordon Reid, Lagan Scullers’
Munster: Mary Bonner, Tralee
President’s Prize: Dominic Casey, Skibbereen
# ROWING: The Irish Universities' Championships will be detached from the Irish Schools’ Championships and moved to a new date in June as part of the 2014 rowing calendar accepted by delegates at the Rowing Ireland agm in Dublin yesterday. The change has been prompted by Ireland Performance Director Morten Espersen, who also hopes to have the university athletes involved in a set programme of heads of the river and indoor rowing events.
Rowing Ireland Calendar 2014 (as approved by agm)
January 11th: Kerry Head of the River; 25th: Sligo Head.
February 1st: St Michael’s Head; 8th: Head of the Shannon, Carrick-on-Shannon; 15th: Lagan Head, Belfast; 22nd/23rd: Newry Trials.
March 1st: Erne Head, Enniskillen; 8th: Lagan Scullers’ Head, Belfast; 15th: Galway Head; 16th: Fermoy Head; 22nd: Dublin Head; 28th-30th: National Trials.
April 5th: Neptune Regatta, Islandbridge; 12th/13th: Skibbereen Regatta, National Rowing Centre; 19th: Trinity Regatta, Islandbridge; 26th: Limerick Regatta; 27th Schools’ Regatta, O’Brien’s Bridge.
May 3rd: Portadown Regatta; 10th: Bantry Regatta and Lough Rynn Regatta; 11th: Sligo Regatta; 17th: Queen’s Regatta, Castlewellan; 24th: Lee Regatta, Marina, Cork; 24th: Belfast Sprint Regatta.
June 1st: Carlow Regatta; 7th: Irish University Championships, Blessington; 8th: Dublin Metropolitan Regatta, Blessington; 14th: Athlone Regatta; 15th: Galway Regatta; 22nd: Castleconnell Sprint Regatta; 28th: Cork Regatta, NRC; 29th: Fermoy Sprints.
July 11th-13th: Irish Rowing Championships, NRC.
August: 3rd: Carrick-on-Shannon Sprints; 23rd: Belfast Summer Sprints.
September 13th: Interprovincial Sprints, Limerick; 20th: New Ross-Barrow Challenge. 27th/28th: National Trials, NRC.
October 4th: Tullamore Time Trial; 18th: Skibbereen Head, NRC.
November 1st: Castleconnell Head; 8th: Neptune Head, Blessington; 15th: Bann Head, Coleraine; 22nd/23rd: Regional Indoor Rowing Championships, Provincial Venues.
December 6th: Muckross Head, NRC. 13th: Irish Indoor Rowing Championships.
|CALENDAR 2014 - proposal for discussion / approval at 2013 AGM|
|2014||DATE||EVENTS JAN - DEC 2014||TYPE OF EVENT||STATUS||LENGTH||LANES||VENUE||PROVINCE|
|Sat||25-Jan||Sligo HOR||Head||4000||Garavogue River Sligo||Connaught|
|Sat||01-Feb||St Michaels HOR||Rolling Head||3500||O'Briens Bridge||Munster|
|Sat||08-Feb||Head of the Shannon||Head||5000||Carrick on Shannon||Connaught|
|Sat||15-Feb||Lagan HOR||Head 1 Head 2||2800 4200||River Lagan Belfast||Ulster|
|Sat||15-Feb||Cork HOR||Head||4000||Marina Cork||Munster|
|Sat||22-Feb||Newry Trials||Trials||5000||Newry Canal||Ulster|
|Sun||23-Feb||Newry Trials||Trials||5000||Newry Canal||Ulster|
|Sat||08-Mar||Lagan Scullers HOR||Head||2800||River Lagan Belfast||Ulster|
|Sun||16-Mar||Fermoy HOR||Head||4000||River Blackwater||Munster|
|Fri||28-Mar||Trials - Juniors / U23 / Seniors||Trials||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sat||29-Mar||Trials - Juniors / U23 / Seniors||Trials||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sun||30-Mar||Trials - Juniors / U23 / Seniors||Trials||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sat||05-Apr||Neptune Regatta||Regatta - Grow the Sport||SEMI||1400||2||Islandbridge Dublin||Leinster|
|Sat||12-Apr||Skibbereen Regatta||Regatta - Grand League||FULL||2000||8||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sun||13-Apr||Skibbereen Regatta||Regatta -Grand League||FULL||2000||8||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sat||19-Apr||Trinity Regatta||Regatta - Grow the Sport||SEMI||1800||2||Islandbridge Dublin||Leinster|
|Sat||26-Apr||Limerick Regatta||Regatta - Multi-lane||FULL||1500||4||O'Briens Bridge||Munster|
|Sun||27-Apr||Schools Regatta||Non||1500||4||O'Briens Bridge||Munster|
|Sat||03-May||Portadown Regatta||Regatta - Grow the Sport||SEMI||1000||2||Portadown||Ulster|
|Sat||10-May||Bantry Regatta/Lough Rynn||Regatta - Grow the Sport /ML||NON/FULL||500/2000||3||Bantry||Munster/Connaught|
|Sun||11-May||Sligo Regatta||Regatta - Multi-lane||SEMI||1000||Sligo||Connaught|
|Sat||17-May||Queen's Regatta||Regatta - Grand League||FULL||1500||6||Castlewellan||Ulster|
|Sat||24-May||Lee Regatta||Regatta - Grow the Sport||NON||500||6||Marina Cork||Munster|
|Sat||24-May||Belfast Sprint Regatta||Regatta - Grow the Sport||NON||500||2||River Lagan Belfast||Ulster|
|Sun||01-Jun||Carlow Regatta||Regatta - Grow the Sport||SEMI||1000||2||Carlow||Leinster|
|Sat||07-Jun||UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS / ( NON Championship)||Regatta - Multi-lane||NON||2000||6||Blessington||Munster|
|Sun||08-Jun||Dublin Metropolitan Regatta||Regatta - Grand League||FULL||2000||6||Blessington||Leinster|
|Sat||14-Jun||Athlone Regatta||Regatta - Multi-lane||FULL||1800||5||Coosan Point Athlone||Connaught|
|Sun||15-Jun||Galway Regatta||Regatta - Grow the Sport||SEMI||700||3||Galway||Connaught|
|Sun||22-Jun||Castleconnell Sprint Regatta||Regatta - Grow the Sport||NON||500||5||Castleconnell||Munster|
|Sat||28-Jun||Cork Regatta||Regatta - Grand League||FULL||2000||6||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sun||29-Jun||Fermoy Sprints||Regatta - Grow the Sport||NON||500||3||Fermoy||Munster|
|Fri||11-Jul||Irish Rowing Championships||Championships||FULL||2000||6||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sat||12-Jul||Irish Rowing Championships||Championships||FULL||2000||6||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sun||13-Jul||Irish Rowing Championships||Championships||FULL||2000||6||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sun||03-Aug||Carrick-on-Shannon Sprints||Regatta - Grow the Sport||NON||420||3||Carrick on Shannon||Connaught|
|Sat||23-Aug||Belfast Summer Sprints||Regatta - Grow the Sport||NON||300||2||River Lagan Belfast||Ulster|
|Sat||20-Sep||New Ross - Barrow Challenge||Head||18000||River Barrow||Leinster|
|Sat||27-Sep||Trials - Juniors / U23 / Seniors||Trials||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sun||28-Sep||Trials - Juniors / U23 / Seniors||Trials||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sat||04-Oct||Tullamore Time Trial||Head||2250||Canal Offaly||Leinster|
|Sat||18-Oct||Skibbereen HOR||Head||3000||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sat||15-Nov||Bann HOR||Head||3000||River Bann Coleraine||Ulster|
|Sat||22-Nov||Regional Indoor Rowing||2k||Provincial Venues||each Province|
|Sun||23-Nov||Championships||2k||to be confirmed||each Province|
|Sat||06-Dec||Muckross HOR||Head||3000||National Rowing Centre Cork||Munster|
|Sat||13-Dec||Irish Indoor Rowing Championships|
|Sun||14-Dec||Irish Indoor Rowing Championships|
# ROWING: Morten Espersen was an interested spectator for a fine day of rowing at the Erne Head of the River at Enniskillen today. The Ireland HPD saw a composite from Galway come home fastest of a strong field of men’s senior eights. The crews, which featured the experience of Grainne Mhaol along with NUIG and St Joseph’s, had three seconds to spare over UCD. The Dublin college had good reason to be pleased as they started third but were faster than Queen’s, who started ahead of them. Neptune’s junior 18 eight had a good ninth placing.
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