Dedicated Sinéad Jennings sends out a message to her rivals

Former world champion aiming to compete in 2016 Olympic Games

Sinead Jennings  celebrates winning the silver medal in the Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls at the 2008 Rowing World Cup. Photo:  Inpho

Sinead Jennings celebrates winning the silver medal in the Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls at the 2008 Rowing World Cup. Photo: Inpho

 
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“I wanted to come back with a bit of a bang,” said the Donegal woman, a world champion in the lightweight single scull in 2001.

Tomorrow, the Limerick-based oarswoman will compete in the Castleconnell Head of the River. In a typical week she trains 10 times, at least five of those sessions on this stretch of river Shannon, usually 21-kilometre rows.

Her ultimate aim is to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in the lightweight double scull – the one slot available for lightweight women. But if she is to start out seriously on that road she knows that she must first be prepared to relocate with her family to County Cork, where the National Rowing Centre is sited.

“At the moment I will train on my own. Hannah is very young, just three months. I had hoped to stay around here till Christmas anyway and then travel up and down every weekend. Then next year we will probably have to look at relocating to Cork.”

“We” in this case is Jennings and her husband Sam Lynch along with the three children. Lynch is a medical doctor, but also a double world champion in the lightweight single scull.

A cull

“Boats should be formed by Christmas, with final testing in February,” McLachlan said. The final Ireland trial is scheduled for March.

Rowing Ireland’s new new Connacht Development Officer will be Jen Cunningham. The post, which will encourage rowing in secondary schools, has been created as a joint venture between NUIG and Rowing Ireland. Cunningham’s background is in hockey but she took up rowing as a mature student in NUIG in 2006 an dis currently captain of Gráinne Mhaol, the ‘old boys’ club of the college.

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