Three Cas­tles are mak­ing waves

Bray People - - SPORT -

BLESS­ING­TON’S Three Cas­tles Row­ing Club are be­gin­ning to make a splash in the Ir­ish row­ing scene and peo­ple are be­gin­ning to take no­tice.

After the club’s in­cred­i­ble suc­cess at the na­tional cham­pi­onships, Row­ing Ire­land iden­ti­fied the tal­ent emerg­ing from the new Wick­low club.

Three out of four of their J18 athletes were se­lected for the J18 Ir­ish team. Rory Quin, Oisin Clune and Tadgh McKnight where se­lected to row for the Ir­ish team trav­el­ling to Scot­land to com­plete in the Home Coun­tries In­ter­na­tional Re­gatta.

All three athletes put in ex­cel­lent per­for­mances, rac­ing against some very tough op­po­si­tion. Oisin and Rory in the dou­ble scull lost their fi­nal by 2L to an ex­cep­tional English crew from Le­an­der (Le­an­der is one of the most suc­cess­ful row­ing clubs in the world and over 200 years n the mak­ing and has 125 Olympic medals).

Tagdh put in a strong per­for- mance in the quad but they were beaten by Eng­land.

The young Ir­ish athletes learned im­por­tant lessons in their first event in the green jersey.

Three Cas­tles Row­ing Club op­er­ates on a shoe­string on the Bless­ing­ton lakes. It has no club­house yet but it rents a bay in the Dublin metro boathouse on the lake.

De­spite the bud­get op­er­a­tion, they have achieved what many would re­gard as im­pos­si­ble.

They are pro­duc­ing top young athletes that are com­pet­ing with the very best of clubs and their ju­niors have a promis­ing fu­ture.

The club are now re­cruit­ing ath­letic boys born in 2005 and 2003 and girls born in 2003. Lim­ited places.

Con­tact 3crow­ing@gmail.com for de­tails.

The Three Cas­tles Row­ing Club mem­bers after com­pet­ing for Ire­land.

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