Last weekend a group of thirty six rowers along with their parents and coaches from Carrick Rowing Club travelled to Trafford Manchester to compete in the Trafford head of the river.
After a long journey overseas to Manchester the club met with the Trafford rowing club and went bowling for a bonding experience so that the rowers could get to know each other. The next morning it was an early start for the club where they headed down to the Trafford boat club.
@Carrickrc all packed and ready for trip on @Irish_Ferries to @traffordrowing for their head of the river tomorrow. Good luck to all competing @RowingIreland trials. #giveitloads pic.twitter.com/qp4TNOvnl4— Mark Butler (@mbuttsie) February 22, 2019
It proved to be a successful day of racing and medals were won by the women's J16 coxless quad raced by Aoife Lowe, Gwen O'Rourke, Patrycja Kaminska and Kate Lowe.
Fintan Earley and Ciaran Ryan also won in their J18 double. There were also wins from scullers Torin O'Donaile, Gwen O'Rourke and Shauna Murtagh and both J16 and J18 eights.
Overall it was a very successful day for the club and everyone rowed exceptionally well.
Later in the evening the club went out to dinner with Trafford rowing club where they had a lovely meal and again got a chance to talk to the Trafford rowers. The following morning the club returned back to Carrick-on-Shannon.
It was a very enjoyable weekend for everyone and a great experience for the rowers of Carrick to get the opportunity to see what rowing is like outside of Ireland, and of course would not have been possible without the great help from the coaches and parents of the rowers.
Carrick Rowing Club's main organizer was Orna Gilhooly and with her knowledge of Manchester city, she was able to plan the weekend brilliantly. Also Captain John Lowe had a big role to play with carrying the trailer on the journey and also for training the rowers along with Mark Butler, Barry Ryan and Mick O’Rourke and the club have expressed their gratitude to them all.