UCC Rowing Club is one of the oldest and most successful sports clubs in the University beginning life in 1868 on the Marina in Cork as the Queens College Cork Rowing Club. Since 1912 the club has won 21 National Championships in a variety of categories in men’s and women’s. The club has also been a strong competitor in the mid-season Grand League Regattas, which have been taking place nationwide since 2010. Among other notable events that UCC have performed well in are London Head of the River, London Metropolitan Regatta, and Henley Royal Regatta.
The club started life along the Marina, in Blackrock, Cork. The facilities of other clubs were used along the Marina, such as at Shandon BC and Cork BC, up until 2012 when UCCRC (UCC Rowing Club) had the opportunity to move out to the National Rowing Centre. This is an ideal location for the club as the 15km of lake with a 2000m rowing course and top of the range facilities on land enables training at the highest standard. We are now moving back to the Marina and looking forward to making this our home for many years to come.
Recent developments at UCCRC include the continued addition to the comprehensive fleet of modern racing boats and the organisation of programs for specific athletes which have been tailored to them by qualified, well-recognized coaches. The club’s performance programme has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with many Olympic rowers among the team and we had olympic medallists at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Rowing at UCC encourages members to compete at local, national, and international regattas, become part of a great social scene here in Cork, make new friends and improve your fitness. UCCRC caters for all skill levels from the raw novice up to the experienced senior and prides itself on helping students to realize their potential on the water.
Meet Our Olympians
2021 marked a special year for UCC Rowing as no fewer than seven members of team Ireland that made the trip to Tokyo.
|Name||Event||Studying at UCC|
|Ronan Byrne||Men’s Double Scull (M2X) with Philip Doyle||Nutritional Science|
|Paul O'Donovan||Lightweight Men’s Double Scull (LM2X) with Fintan McCarthy||Medicine|
|Emily Hegarty||Women’s Four with Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe and Fiona Murtagh||Biological Sciences|
|Aoife Casey||Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (LW2X) with Margaret Cremen||Medical & Health Sciences|
|Margaret Cremen||Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (LW2X) with Aoife Casey||Sports Studies & Physical Education|
|Tara Hanlon||Women’s Fours (reserve)||Commerce|
|Lydia Heaphy||Lightweight Women’s (reserve)||Law|
Meet our Coach
Olympian and World champion Puspure appointed UCC Head Rowing Coach
University College Cork is delighted to confirm the appointment of two-time world champion and three-time olympian Sanita Puspure as UCC Sport’s new head coach for rowing.
Ms Puspure - a world champion in the single skulls in 2018 and 2019 - is a level 3 qualified rowing coach and recently completed a degree in sport science and conditioning with Setanta College.
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