Wednesday 26 June 2019

New Ross rowers shine at biggest ever championships

J14 4x+ winners Aoibhinn Slater, Ella O’Hanlon, Jane Sutton (cox), Amy Barrett and To Mai Slevin
J14 4x+ winners Aoibhinn Slater, Ella O’Hanlon, Jane Sutton (cox), Amy Barrett and To Mai Slevin

David Looby

Rowers from the New Ross area were among the winners at the biggest ever Irish Rowing Championships which took place at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, Cork.

1,600 athletes from more than 60 clubs from all four provinces raced down the championship course on Inniscarra Lake where the standard of competition was impressively high throughout with New Ross Boat club yet again making its mark.

The first day saw success for the women's junior double of Laura Brown and Shona Tierney, both of whom have been selected to represent their country at international regattas. The girls had a comfortable win in their heat securing a middle lane for the final. They battled well against a very strong double from Workmans and Kilorglin with the girls crossing the finish line in third place, topping a fantastic season.

Luke Sutton competed in the J18 single scull made up of 26 of the top junior scullers in the country. He raced his way to the final and came home in fourth place, an amazing achievement for Luke who has competed for Ireland in the meantime.

Two womens J15 quads took to the water and both finished in third place in their respected finals. While the club's mens J14 quad of Ronan Gibbon, Sam Furlong, Justin Kossel, Adam Cullen raced a great final finishing in second place.

Day two saw more success for the Juniors with both Ronan Gibbon and Sam Furlong winning their respective J14 single scull finals in spectacular fashion. Laura Brown and Shona Tierney competed in the womens J18 single sculls. This category was contested between 18 of the country's top female scullers. Both girls came out of their heats making it to the final where Laura finished in fourth place and Shona finished in sixth.

The final day saw more crews for New Ross take to the water. Luke Sutton competed in the mens lightweight single scull making it to the final where he produced a season best time and finished in second place to the strong sculler Burns from Skibbereen.

The last race of the day for the club saw the womens Jr14 quad of Aoibhinn Slater, Ella O Hanlon, Amy Barrett, Mai Slevin, Cox Jane Sutton take first position in a tough battle to the line against Castleconnell.

The club had 37 athletes in total who competed over the three day championships with each rower producing great performances which the club is very proud of.

In the following competition New Ross Boat Club hosted the Irish junior womens sculling squad who were selected to represent Ireland at this year's Home international regatta. This regatta is in its 56 year which sees Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales compete at both Senior and Junior level in a one day regatta which will be hosted by Ireland this year at the National Rowing Centre, Cork. New Ross Coach Janet Walsh was selected to coach the squad which was made up of Shona Tierney, New Ross, Clara O Brien and Niamh Kiely, Castleconnell Boat Club, Marie Kidney and Aoife Lynch, Lee rowing club, Sadhbh Scully, Carlow Rowing club and Katie Dolan, Commercial Rowing Club. The girls put in some tough sessions on the water in preparation for the regatta as well as some recovery sessions in the Brandon House Hotel leisure centre and Farrell Fitness. The club has taken a break for a few weeks and will be back open for its summer camp which takes place from August 13 to August 15 for children aged between 12 and 18. To book your child's place text Louise on 086 3862403.

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