THE May bank holiday weekend Anthony Gannon of Offaly Rowing Club competed in the Sport Gent International May Regatta in Gent, Belguim, where he won the silver medal in the lightweight under 23 event.
While on Saturday, April 28, Offaly Rowing Club travelled to Castlewellan in Co Down to compete in Queen’s Regatta, which followed the Grand League format developed in the last three years.
Patrick Walsh competed in the mens junior 18 B single scull event and Anthony Gannon competed in the novice men single sculls event, both of which formed part of the Grand League Division 2 race.
In the Grand League crews are guaranteed two races. The first is in their own event category and against the clock. All the crews are then allocated to the second race in order of time. In this event, Patrick raced with the junior 18Bs in the first round and was placed in the D final. Anthony was placed in the C final.
When it came to the finals, the poor conditions led to some confusion at the start and Patrick was not able to race in his final. Anthony rowed strongly to win his final by a wide margin, coming second fastest in his event.
The women’s junior 16 quad scull, of Alison Mooney, Aine Murphy, Ellie Mulhall and Martha Ward, coxed by Patrick Walsh, were second in their heat and were placed in the B final. They raced well in the final, after a poor start and came fifth in their final. This placed them sixth in their event.
The following weekend, Anthony Gannon travelled to Gent in Belgium to race in the May International Regatta. Offaly has raced in Gent numerous times since the late 1980s and has had some success.
This regatta is well attended by crews from Belgium, Netherlands, Northern France, Western Germany, Southern England and Ireland, with some crews from farter fields. This year their were crews from South Africa, Israel and Belarus, including two time Olympic women’s single sculling champion Ekateriana Karsten.
Anthony Gannon raced in the lightweight single scull on Saturday and the under 23 lightweight single scull on Sunday.
On Saturday, Anthony did not qualify for the final, but on Sunday he qualified in the second fastest time, improving relative to some of the competitors from Saturday.
In the final he paced himself well and raced strongly over the full course. He was placed second to Thomas van de Wardt from Euros Enschede of the Netherlands. Anthony was followed in the final by Niall Murphy of Carlow Rowing Club.