Kerry rower David off to World Championships

Pitting himself against seven to eight-metre Atlantic swells on the racing tide between Valentia's Bray Head and Portmagee, rower David Hussey is fairly well prepared for his next big challenge: the World Coastal Rowing Championships on Lake Geneva next month.

He is one of a number of Kerry powerhouses - including Killorglin's Monika Dukarska and Sneem's All Ireland champ John Casey -hitting out for the massive competition at Thonon Les Bains in France on October 13, 14 and 15 next.

Monika is, of course, there to defend her title and the name everyone in the women's category will be watching. Castlecove native and Portmagee Rowing Club member David is meanwhile putting in serious gym and water time at present ahead of the men's singles in a sport that's becoming increasingly more popular in Ireland at the moment, while still in its infancy.

Valerie O'Sullivan's photograph captures David up against the worst of the Atlantic within some margin of safety. "It was pretty wild alright, but really enjoyable with swells of between seven and eight metres out between Bray Head on Valentia and Portmagee. When you manage that you can manage anywhere!"

Lake Geneva is going to be a pussycat in comparison: "To be honest one of the main reasons I go out to the World Championship is to get a good understanding of the competition before I bring the young crews I train out in a few years. I'm getting on now but we've some briliant rowers coming up."

"The Sisa Singles is becoming extremely popular in Ireland now. The All-Ireland is running with three years and I really think it is a sport to watch for the future," David said ahead of his imminent departure for Lake Geneva.


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