Row­ing sea­son back up and run­ning

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

SLIGO Row­ing Club’s sea­son be­gan earnest on the 28th of Septem­ber when Glenn Pat­ter­son, Brian Colsh and their coach Tommy Colsh trav­elled to the Na­tional Row­ing cen­tre in Cork to com­pete in the sea­son open­ing Re­gatta held on the six Lane, 2000m course on In­nis­carra Lake.

This re­gatta also dou­bled as part of the na­tional team se­lec­tion process.

Pat­ter­son raced in the men’s open sin­gles sculls cat­e­gory and Colsh raced in the men’s ju­nior sin­gle scull cat­e­gory. Both scullers raced very well but un­for­tu­nately nei­ther made it to their re­spec­tive fi­nals. From a field of of 59 ath­letes Colsh failed to make the fi­nal by less than one sec­ond and is hope­ful of get­ting a call back for fur­ther na­tional trials at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Four ath­letes from the club trav­elled to Of­faly on the 6th of Oc­to­ber to com­pete in the an­nual Tul­lam­ore time trial race. Glenn Pat­ter­son again raced in the men’s open cat­e­gory while Brian Colsh and Kil­lian Carty raced in the men’s ju­nior 16 cat­e­gories.

Also com­pet­ing for the club in the men’s masters cat­e­gory was Molua Donoghue.

All scullers raced well in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories with Brian Colsh fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place, just 0.1 sec­onds be­hind the even­tual win­ner, An­drew Carol from Athlone Boat Club.

The per­for­mance of the day un­doubt­edly went to Glenn Pat­ter­son who won the men’s open cat­e­gory and recorded the fastest time of the day.

This was an in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance by Pat­ter­son and all of the ath­letes com­pet­ing from Sligo Row­ing Club, and a great start to what hope­fully will be a great sea­son ahead.

Glenn Pat­ter­son.

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