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Arklow Rowing Club representation at the British Rowing Offshore Championships in Saundersfoot, Wales. Cormac Kelly, Síonna Healy, Mary Ann Kent, Andrea Kinsella, Xena Jordan and Tilly Jordan.

Arklow Rowing Club representation at the British Rowing Offshore Championships in Saundersfoot, Wales. Cormac Kelly, Síonna Healy, Mary Ann Kent, Andrea Kinsella, Xena Jordan and Tilly Jordan.

Andrea Kinsella and Mary Ann Kent with their gold medals at the medals presentation for the women’s double.

Andrea Kinsella and Mary Ann Kent with their gold medals at the medals presentation for the women’s double.

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Arklow Rowing Club representation at the British Rowing Offshore Championships in Saundersfoot, Wales. Cormac Kelly, Síonna Healy, Mary Ann Kent, Andrea Kinsella, Xena Jordan and Tilly Jordan.

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Five crews from Arklow Rowing Club travelled over to Saundersfoot, Wales, for the British Rowing Offshore Championships, which were being held from June 24 and 25, where the Arklow crews got the opportunity to compete against the top British crews as well as competitors from Italy and Sweden and battle it out for the top podium positions.

Saundersfoot will be the venue for the World Rowing Coastal Championships which will be held later on in the year in October.

The crews that travelled were: Síonna Healy and Xena Jordan in the women’s single event, Andrea Kinsella and Mary Ann Kent in the women’s double and the club formed two composite crews for the mixed double, Xena Jordan teamed up with Tom Stafford of Killurin Rowing Club while Síonna Healy partnered up with Kealan Mannix of UL/Rosscarbery Rowing Club.

The teams travelled over early on Thursday morning to get a chance to explore Saundersfoot and get an opportunity to get around the 4 and 6km courses that awaited them on competition day.

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Friday saw crews competing in 4km heats to determine whether they made it into the ‘A’ or ‘B’ finals on Saturday.

The first out were the two women’s singles who competed in two different heats.

Xena Jordan was first out the block for the club, taking a comfortable first in her heat, while Síonna Healy came second in the tougher of the two heats.

The final heats of the day were the mixed doubles where Síonna Healy and Kealan Mannix had a comfortable win in their heat. Xena Jordan and Tom Stafford came third in their heat, also making it into the ‘A’ final.

Finals day on Saturday started anxiously for the crews, with whispers of a potential cancellation due to bad weather.

Fortunately for our crews, it all went ahead, with a 4km course to look forward to instead of a 6km route, although conditions were still going to be tough and challenging, with strong winds forecasted throughout the day.

The women’s singles were the first race with club representation on the day. Síonna Healy and Xena Jordan both had strong starts and made their way around the course, coming in second and third respectively, with only 20 seconds separating first and third place.

Next up were the women’s doubles, comprising of Andrea Kinsella and Mary Ann Kent.

Due to no heats for this category the previous day, it was a long wait for the girls before it was their time to take to the water and show what they were made of.

After a great start off the beach, the crew established their lead early on, however, after a close finish, the girls hit the finish line in first position, proudly taking home the gold medal for Arklow.

The mixed double was the last event of the day. It was a tight race for the two Irish crews all the way to the finish, with the eventual result being fourth for Síonna and Kealan and fifth for Xena and Tom, with under four seconds between them.

Kealan Mannix also medaled in the men’s single event, finishing in second position in the ‘A’ final to take home silver.

The crews would like to thank Tilly Jordan and Cormac Kelly for travelling to support the crews and act as beach handlers.

They would also like to thank everyone who gave a helping hand across the two days, whether that was for boat handling or providing food and snacks for the athletes.

The athletes were also grateful for all the support from friends and family at home, sending good wishes and congratulations messages to the crews on their brilliant results.

The crews are back in action this weekend, where they have to make their way up to Donegal for the qualifying and ranking event to compete in this year’s World Rowing Coastal Championships in Saundersfoot.

To keep up with all the action at the rowing club, be sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages, which are regularly updated with all the goings on of the club.

If you would like a taste of the action, don’t hesitate to contact their Facebook page.


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