The European Rowing U23 Championships kick-off tomorrow, on Saturday September 5th. A record number of 650 competitors have been entered from 32 different nations.
Ireland will be represented in Germany by seven women who will compete in four different events.
Cliodhna Nolan (NUIG), Lydia Heaphy (UCC), Claire Feerick (Neptune), Tara Hanlon (UCC), Emily Hegarty (UCC), Aoife Casey (UCC) and Margaret Cremen (UCC) have all travelled for Rowing Ireland.
Last July, there was a lot of huge success at Under 23 level as Tara Hanlon, Emily Hegarty, Eimear Lamb and Claire Feerick won a Silver Medal in the Women’s Four in Florida.
Their achievement was historic as they became the first Ireland women’s crew in a sweep event to take a medal at a World Championships.
Aoife Casey and Cliodhna Nolan finished 4th in the A Final, narrowly missing out on the Bronze.
There is plenty of experience in the squad that has travelled as Lydia Heaphy, Aoife Case, Claire Feerick, Tara Hanlon and Emily Hegarty have all previously competed at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz.
The athletes have all been training hard at the Kinetica National Rowing Centre in Cork and there has been a positive atmosphere among the entire team.
Rowing Ireland’s High-Performance Director, Antonio Maurogiovanni said, “We are delighted that the first International Regatta of this year is going ahead as planned. It has been a very tough year for everybody and we are excited to get the team back on the water and compete at the U23 European Championships.
There will be live video streaming available on World Rowing’s YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/WorldRowingFISA.
Keep track of results on http://www.worldrowing.com/events/2020-european-rowing-under-23-championships/event-information
Lightweight Women’s Pair (BLW2-) –
Cliodhna Nolan (NUIG)
Lydia Heaphy (UCC)
Competing in Heat 2 at 08:45 Saturday
Women’s Single Scull (BW1x)
Claire Feerick (Neptune)
Competing in Heat 1 at 09:15 Saturday
Women’s Pair (BW2-)
Tara Hanlon (UCC)
Emily Hegarty (UCC)
Competing in Heat 2 at 09:55 Saturday
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (BLW2x)
Aoife Casey (UCC)
Margaret Cremen (UCC)
Competing in Preilmary 11:10 Saturday