A packed four days Belfast, Galway, Cork and Dublin. 130 participants. 1200km !

Our sport has come such a long way. But we can go further. We have gender equality on the water and we are progressing  on the bank and in the launch.

Women and men, juniors, seniors and masters turned out to hear twice Olympic medalist and three times Olympic coach Laryssa Biesenthal talk about her experiences, her hurdles, her obstacles and her great success.

The feedback has been very positive:

I just wanted to thank you all for a great night at Belfast Rowing Club last night.  I really enjoyed hearing from Laryssa. I have been rowing since 1982 in the North and various clubs abroad before coming home to row.  I have deliberated on and off about coaching, but didn’t think I would be capable….but  who knows?! Having been totally inspired last night, I want to start.  There is such a lack of coaches in our club, resulting in the fact that we cannot have newbies starting“.  Belfast participant

Today I attended the Rowing Ireland, Women in Coaching Workshop by Laryssa Biesenthal, Canadian Olympic Medalist and Olympic coach. My J14 girls crew found it to be really inspiring and thought provoking. For the juniors it was an opportunity to meet a great women who has activated all that she aspired to. For me it was very validating to hear a top flight coach acknowledge the value of the emotional intelligence that women coaches bring to rowing. More like this please.” Ann, (Dublin Club).

A huge thanks to Laryssa Biesenthal and Michelle Carpenter for organising the Women in Coaching workshop today. Neptune coaches and oarswomen who attended found the session both inspiring and informative. The Juniors were in awe and got to get close to Laryssa’s 2 Olympic medals.” Neptune Rowing Club

We will come back shortly with our actions from a Rowing Ireland perspective.

We hope that you have also embraced and committed to your positive actions.