Lydia Heaphy has been competing for Ireland for a number of years but 2020 was her best year yet. Competing at both the U23 and Senior Europeans the Skibbereen/UCC athlete showed her versatility as she raced in both sweep and sculling events.
Heaphy made Ireland proud this year when she won gold at the U23 Rowing Championships in the lightweight pair alongside her partner Clíodhna Nolan. This win was the best result of Heaphy’s career to date as they also set a new U23 World Record.
Soon after the gold medal win, Heaphy competed at the European Championships, where she competed at the Senior Europeans in the lightweight single scull. She won the B Final, beating crews from Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, showing she is a force to be reckoned with.
Her talent and those of her lightweight teammates bodes well for Irish rowing as they continue to make their mark. The lightweight rowing events have been confirmed for the Olympics in Paris 2024, events in which Ireland are historically strong – watch this space!