#Rower of the Month: Sanita Puspure is the Afloat Rower of the Month for May. The Old Collegians sculler had struggled with injury early in the year, but come the Ireland trial at the National Rowing Centre, she was one of the top performers. She would carry that form into the first World Cup Regatta in Belgrade, where she took silver behind world champion Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland and ahead of world bronze medallist Magdalena Lobnig of Austria and Britain’s Victoria Thornley, the silver medallist at last year’s World Championships.
May was also an excellent month for Irish juniors. Castleconnell were honoured as the best junior club at the Ghent International Regatta. Enniskillen, Workmen’s, Bann and Fermoy also shone at the British National Schools Regatta on Dorney Lake. Fermoy’s Gill McGirr and Eliza O’Reilly won gold in the Championship Pair.
Rower of the Month awards: The judging panel is made up of Liam Gorman, rowing correspondent of The Irish Times and David O'Brien, Editor of Afloat magazine. Monthly awards for achievements during the year will appear on afloat.ie. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2018 champions list grow.