Rowing success at Skibbereen Head of River
By Tara Hanlon
UCC Rowing Club is one of the oldest and most successful clubs in the University beginning in 1868. Since 2012 the club has been based out of the National Rowing Centre a 15km lake out in the Inniscarra Dam. This lake is complete with a 2000m rowing course which hosts the National Rowing Championships every year as well as the National trials.
Rowing at UCC encourages athletes to compete at local, National, and International regattas, become part of a great social scene here in Cork, make new friends and improve your fitness. UCCRC caters for all skill levels from the raw novice up to the experienced senior and prides itself on helping students to realise their potential on the water.
Recently the club competed in the Skibbereen Head of the River held on the Marina in Cork. Conditions were excellent on the River Lee that morning with only slight delays before the racing got underway. This was the first event for our club athletes of the coming 2019/20 season. UCC had huge success including 11 first place finishes as well as 4 second place rankings. Some of these results were; both Men’s and Women’s senior sculls along with Women’s senior 4- and Men’s and Women’s Intermediate double sculls. This now sets up our athletes for the rest of the season with Muckross Head taking place on the 7th of December out in the Inniscara Lake.
Our High-Performance athletes have also had a busy few weeks with 7 of them away on a two-week training camp from the 4th of November to the 17th. The lightweights went to Saville in Spain while the Heavyweights trained in Varese in Italy. Preparation is now in place for the upcoming 3rd set of National Irish Trials which will take place at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra on the 23rd and 24th of November.
We have recently appointed two new coaches to work alongside James Maroney, the men’s head coach, who is now in his 5th year with the club. Brian O’Keefe has been appointed the High-Performance coach along with Martin Kilbane as the Women’s head coach. With these additions UCC will be able to grow their squads and have the capacity to facilitate even more athletes getting out on the water and enjoying, excelling and mastering the sport of rowing.
Below are some pictures from the Skibbereen Head of the River which were captured by John O’Shaughnessy.