2020 has been a brilliant year for Irish rowing as the Irish women lit up the stage at every opportunity.
Unsurprisingly they dominated their categories at the Irish National Indoors, then during the first lockdown Sanita Puspure and Aifric Keogh went on to set Half Marathon World Records in their respective age categories.
Once the boats hit the water in September, the Irish were impressive.
First up was the U23 European Championships which saw gold for Clíodhna Nolan and Lydia Heaphy in the lightweight pair, silver for Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey in the lightweight double, bronze for Tara Hanlon and Emily Hegarty in the open double and fourth place for Claire Feerick in the open single scull.
The team then headed to the Senior European Championships for more medals!
The women’s four of Fiona Murtagh, Aileen Crowley, Eimear Lambe and Aifric Keogh claimed bronze in a nail biting race, as they finished less than a second behind the Italians. Sanita Puspure defended her European title and yet again, claimed another gold medal in the single scull.
Lydia Heaphy stepped up to the plate competing at the Senior Europeans in the lightweight single scull, while the U23 pair of Tara Hanlon and Emily Hegarty also raced.
Irish rowing is bursting with young talent, with high hopes for the future.