Rowing

Rowing has been part of the Summer Olympic programme since its inauguration however, the event was cancelled in 1896 due to a stormy sea.

Women’s events have been included in the programme since the 1976 Games in Montreal.

The races are divided into sculling and sweep oar. Sculling events use two oars, whilst in sweep the rower holds one. The eight-person crews have a coxswain, who steers the boat and directs the crew, but in all other boats one rower steers by controlling a small rudder with a foot pedal.

Lightweight events were introduced in Atlanta in 1976 and the current programme include the following events:

COXLESS PAIR – MEN & WOMEN

DOUBLE SCULLS - MEN & WOMEN

EIGHT WITH COXSWAIN - MEN & WOMEN

LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE SCULLS – MEN & WOMEN

SINGLE SCULLS – MEN & WOMEN

QUADRUPLE SCULLS WITHOUT COXSWAIN – MEN & WOMEN

FOUR WITHOUT COXSWAIN - MEN

Ireland first participated at the 1948 Olympics when a men's eight represented Ireland. The 2016 Games in Rio games were the most successful with three crews participating and Gary O'Donovan and Paul O'Donovan winning Ireland’s first Olympic rowing medal - silver in the LM2x. Claire Lambe and Sinead Jennings became the first women's crew to make an Olympic final where they finished in sixth position.

National Federation: Rowing Ireland

International Federation: World Rowing

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