Margaret Cremen and Cathal Cummins come out on top at UL indoors

As December arrives, winter training of weights, circuits and hours on the rowing machine is now becoming the norm for rowers across the country. 

With this in mind, the Irish Provincial Indoor Rowing Championships took place last weekend in University of Limerick. A smaller provincial event also took place in Garda Rowing Club, Islandbridge in Dublin.

This Limerick event has proven to be a great success in recent years with the day bridging a gap for the long winter months spent on the ergometer. Many recruits from the Rowing Ireland ‘Get Going…Get Rowing’ programme topped the junior U13 and U15 age groups, with students having transitioned to Carlow Rowing Club.

In the junior 18 category, Margaret Cremen of Lee Rowing Club who won a bronze medal in this year’s Coupe de la Jeunesse in Poznan topped the group with a time of 7:15.2 ahead of Aine Rice from Cork Boat club and Aoife Casey from Skibbereen Rowing Club.

In the men’s junior class, Cathal Cummins of Lee Valley, Rowing Club hit a time of 6.20.5 with another of last year’s Coupe crew Barry O’Flynn coming in second place with 6.28.8.

Last week Rowing Ireland High Performance Director Morten Espersen laid down the gauntlet for many aspiring oars men and women with a scholarship on offer to attend the Crash B, which are the International Indoor championships in Boston.

At the Leinster event, German national Ben Behr who rows presently for Neptune Rowing Club came close to this hitting 2,000m in less than six minutes.

The weekend sees one of the first heads of the season taking place at the National Rowing Centre in Cork. Although Muckross Rowing Club are based in Killarney, the club uses the fantastic facilities at the National Rowing Centre to hold this 3km time trial.

With a large entry it will prove to be a great day out for those returning to another season of rowing, together with a large junior 14 and 15 category.

Undoubtedly those relatively new to the sport will look forward to getting on the water and racing on the famous national course at Farran.

Meanwhile in the High Performance camp, Gary and Paul O’Donovan will be attending and speaking at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce Christmas luncheon. The O’Donovan Brothers also have been nominated as Sports Person of the year, a top category in the People of the Year award.

It looks like they will have a busy Christmas in store as they have also been announced as guests on Graham Norton New Year’s Eve show together with actor Michael Fassbender in what promises to be an all-Munster affair.

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