Going from tug of war to rowing gold

Going from tug of war to rowing gold
Renowned more for their tug of war exploits, a group of 10 St Pat’s members travelled to Limerick recently to take part in the Irish National Indoor Rowing Championships.

Renowned more for their tug of war exploits, a group of 10 St Pat’s members travelled to Limerick recently to take part in the Irish National Indoor Rowing Championships.

Having won numerous tug of war world titles in places like Scotland, Spain and Italy, the club have recently branched out and have been encouraging people to take up indoor rowing.

Most of the participants who went to Limerick had only a maximum of six months experience under their belts. They also faced competition from national rowing clubs from America, Canada and Europe. Therefore the mindset was very much ‘just do your best, leave it all on the machine’.

This was a remarkable achievement for a small, but ever expanding, amateur group who do their training in a ‘shed’ in Courtbane.

It is testament to the commitment of all the rowers, to the training they do, and to the time put in by trainer Hugh MacConmidhe.

However, the group of ten rowers: Michelle McMahon, Mary Francis McNamee, Orla Donaldson, Aveen Donaldson, Marianne Savage, 
Janette Carberry, Oliver Short, Garett Rooney, Pearse McKeever and Tomas McGee excelled, winning lots of events and 
achieving a number of 
personal bests.

Results are as follows: Ladies Open 500m - 1st: Michelle McMahon; 2nd: Aveen Donaldson; 5th: Marianne Savage; Ladies Open LWT 500m - 2nd: Orla Donaldson; 3rd: Mary-Francis Mc Namee; 5th: Janette Carberry. Men’s 2000m 50-59yrs - 3rd: Oliver Short. Ladies Open Relay - 3rd team. Men’s Open Relay - 4th team.

They group were accompanied by the support team of coach Hugh MacConmidhe, team photographer Nicola NicConmidhe, team entertainer/motivator Sean MacConmidhe and team masseuse Marie Luckie.