The positive impact of Olympic success will be clearly seen this weekend in Limerick as almost 500 crews from over 70 schools across the country will be taking part in the 12th Irish Schools Regatta.
The Schools Regatta started in 2006 with just 11 crews, as part of the University Championships which were held at UL at the time. The 2017 entry is at an all time high – a new record of 494 crews from all four provinces.
This large entry sees an increase of close to 100 crews from 2016, driven by the high profile Rio success of the O’Donovan Brothers and the seizing of that moment by the sport through to success of Rowing Ireland’s “Get Going…Get Rowing” programme.
The programme encompasses the development, co-ordination and delivery of indoor rowing in schools and, ultimately, linkage to local rowing clubs.
Over 100 rowers have already made this transition, moving from the machine to the water but with all the necessary skills to be a rower learned in advance.
The sport has also secured a title sponsor for the National Rowing Championships which take place in Cork in July. Local Supervalu owners Quish’s who run stores in Ballincollig and Tramore have come on board with financial support which will help in the running of the event and its promotion at national level.
“As a family business, we have always strived to support local causes and groups,” said Cormac Quish.
“The local community is crucial to a family run business, so it is always a pleasure to help support local talent and initiatives in the best way we possibly can.”
“Rowing Ireland’s base in Farran Wood is a hidden treasure and the training they do there is phenomenal. Their efforts couldn’t have been better proved with the O’Donovan brothers continuing success on national and international waters.”
“While we are based in Cork, the role of the Irish Championships in moulding international competitors and even world champions cannot be underestimated,” said Rowing Ireland CEO Hamish Adams.
“It is superb for Rowing Ireland to have such a dedicated sponsor on board.”
Sport for Business and Livewire will host Partners ’17 at the National Sports Campus on April 26th.
This showcase event for Irish Sport and Sponsorship will deliver insight and imagination in how sport and business can build partnerships away from the biggest teams and events.
Join Leinster Rugby star Rob Kearney and Olympian Thomas Barr discussing the world of sponsorship as it relates to them as athletes.
Hear from AIG, Nissan, Allianz and Electric Ireland on why they look to build partnerships with sport away from the brightest lights and get great insight from Livewire on what sponsorship means on Wednesday, April 26th.