Girls pull together to put Ireland on top of the world
FOUR young rowers all from the same club will represent their country at international events this summer.
It's the goal of most rowing clubs to come away with medals from the National Rowing Championships which are taking place in Inniscara, Co Cork, next weekend.
But the country's oldest club, Muckross Rowing Club in Co Kerry, has gone one step further and is gearing up for the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Spain and the Home Internationals in Cardiff on July 21.
Aileen Crowley (18) and Aoife Cooper (17), both from Killarney, have been selected for the European team to compete at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Spain.
Their club mates, Katherine Cremin (16) and Kara O'Connor (15) are also training hard for the Home Internationals Regatta in Wales.
All four train at least 10 times a week for a couple of hours each time to be fit for competition.
"It does take up a lot of the time but it is a great sport and it has a good social side as well," said Kara.