They are teaching the nation to eat more eggs and inspiring a generation to pull like dogs and get bitten by the rowing bug.
Gary and Paul O’Donovan were the kind of Olympic medallists that most sports, in most nations, could only dream of. The impact they are having on the future popularity of their sport is already taking a very clear shape.
Rowing Ireland hosted the second annual Schools indoor rowing Blitz at Trinity College this week and the sports facility was full to bursting point with over 600 students getting into the groove on their machines.
Get Going.. Get Rowing is a campaign targeted at secondary schools and which brings equipment to them so that kids can get actively involved.
“The campaign has been a massive success this year in the wake of the O’Donovan and our other Irish rowers’ success in Rio,” said Rowing Ireland Chief Executive Hamish Adams.
“We have already transitioned 100 students on to the water in Leinster alone and the demand for rowing is greater than ever before.”
“We are expanding the number of blitzes and have a popular transition year programme where students can complete an introductory indoor rowing coaching course.”
Indoor rowing is a great opportunity to get fitness and friendly competition into schools and workplaces.
Rio has given the sport a massive boost in the same manner as boxing achieved from Beijing and London. It is open for sponsorship and is likely to be one of the big winners in sport throughout the next year.