Tokyo 2020: Team Ireland profiles - Women’s Four (Rowing)

Emily Hegarty, Fiona Murtagh, Eimear Lambe and Aifric Keogh make up the women’s four

 Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

 

Emily Hegarty

Age: 23

Event: Women’s Four

Titles: World U23 Championships 2019 silver

Club: UCC Rowing Club

Another from the prolific Skibbereen school, she was raised on a farm in Moonagh, Aughadown in Co Cork. She said she couldn’t catch or kick a ball so started rowing in 2009 on the now famous Ilen River, where the rowing club is situated. Currently a student studying Biological Sciences in UCC, highlights include winning silver medal at the 2019 World U23 Rowing Championships.

Fiona Murtagh

Age: 25

Event: Women’s Four

Titles: European silver 2021, European bronze 2020

Club: NUIG

The 6’1’’ athlete started rowing in 2009 and after school in the Dominican College, Galway studied Science in NUIG for one year before transferring to Fordham University in New York. As well as the European medals, highlights include winning the Head of Charles (a prestigious rowing regatta on the Charles River in Boston) two years in a row.

Eimear Lambe

Age: 23

Event: Women’s Four

Titles: European silver 2021, European bronze 2020

Club: Old Collegians Boat Club

From Cabra in Dublin, she started rowing in 2012 and studied Commerce (International) with German in UCD. Early promise was evident and she represented Ireland in the Youth Olympics in China. Before success at U-23 level with a world silver medal in 2019. More recently silver and bronze senior European medals came her way.

Aifric Keogh

Age: 28

Event: Women’s Four

Titles: European silver 2021, European bronze 2020

Club: UCC Rowing Club

The most experienced of the crew, she started rowing in 2006 and has been a member of the High-Performance team for several years. Hometown is Na Forbacha, Co Galway but studied Food Microbiology in UCC. Illness caused her to miss most of 2019 but made it back for the World Championships and it has been an upward curve since then.

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