A reception was held by Michael D Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain to celebrate and commend the rowing achievements of Rowing Ireland and Skibbereen Rowing Club on Saturday 4th November 2017. We were delighted that the President commended our programme on its work during his speech. Get Going…Get Rowing was represented at the reception by Cork Community coaches Emily Dulohery and Denise Walsh.

“Elite athletes give rise not only to other elite athletes but also play a significant role in encouraging the participation of young people in sports. We know that participation in sport tends to decline in the teenage years, and that efforts must be made to ensure that children participate in sport from an early age, throughout their education and in their adult life.

I want to acknowledge, as President, the role your athletes, by their example and by their conduct, have played in inspiring young people to join not only rowing clubs, but also to participate in sport at all levels.

I also want to acknowledge and commend the innovative ‘Get Rowing… Get Going’ initiative being implemented by Rowing Ireland and Sports Ireland, which is integrating rowing into Physical Education classes in schools. I have no doubt that the continuing success of Sanita Puspure and Denise Walsh will encourage young women to participate in this programme.”

This week will be a big week week for the team with largest ever Get Rowing #Blitzit to be held in Trinity College, Dublin. The event which started only two years ago has doubled in size with nearly 900 students coming to compete in Trinity College Sports hall next Friday.

  • November 5th, 2017