Sligo Indoor Rowing Success

Posted on : March 21, 2023

Sligo Grammar School hosted the Sligo Schools Indoor Rowing Competition this year, the first ‘in person’ competition since Covid. Ten secondary schools from around county Sligo attended, making it a huge event, with 180 students taking part, split evenly between girls and boys. SGS Rowing Club submitted their largest entry ever, with 30 students entered in the individual races plus seven crews for the team events. The individual event consisted of each rower racing for 5 minutes on the rowing machine to see what distance they could achieve, whereas the team event was a single distance of 2000 meters with team members jumping on and off to cover the distance in as short a time as possible.   In the junior men’s race an outstanding performance by Adam Foley  (2nd year) earned him the win with a distance of 1,398 meters for his 5 minute piece. This was a new personal best for Adam and puts him in the same ball park as the intermediate men’s races. Adam then went on to join his team mates Sree-Hari Nair, Callum Scott, Trevor Horan and James Park to win the junior boys team event. An exceptional result from this young crew.   In the intermediate men’s race the overall winner was Jack Kennedy (TY) who scored 1,492 meters for his 5 minute time trial. Another personal best for Jack and an outstanding result, considering he just took up the sport in recent months. Jack was also involved in a team event along with Finn Reid, Pauls Zarums, Liam McNamee-Mas and Ronan Mullan and they went on to win the senior boys event with the fastest time on the day of 6 minutes 7 seconds.   On the ladies side an exceptional performance from Tiara Smet-Guerra (TY) earned her a fourth place finish out of a field of 28 rowers in her category. Tiara completed a distance of 1,237 for her 5 minutes of rowing. In the afternoon session Tiara teamed up with Zoe McNamee-Mas, Emily McGuinty, Freya O’Connor and Carys Griffiths to race the intermediate women’s event finishing mid table in a time of 8 minutes 2 seconds. Thanks to Ronan Ivers for all his coaching and for working with sligo rowing Club to organise the event. 

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