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O'Neill Honoured in New Zealand

18th November 2010
O'Neill Honoured in New Zealand

Rowing vet Sean O’Neill from Limerick has been honoured in New Zealand. The Limerickman was this week named the Marlborough Express/Blenheim Round Table Sportsperson of the Year. O’Neill’s father, Tom, attended the ceremony in Marlborough. The 30-year-old came out on top in a contest which featured 32 other nominees.

Sean O’Neill rowed with Ireland at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, but he has long been resident in New Zealand, and began rowing there after travelling out to study and  play rugby in Wellington. He is now established in the the New Zealand rowing squad and rowed in the six seat in the New Zealand senior eight which competed in the A Final on home waters at the recent World Championships on Lake Karapiro. His achievements this season also include a bronze medal in the four at the World Cup in Lucerne and being part of the eight which reached the final of the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

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Liam Gorman

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Liam Gorman is a writer and reporter. He is the co-author of Little Lady, One Man, Big Ocean, published in the United States and Canada as Crossing the Swell. He is the rowing correspondent of the Irish Times.  

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