Paul and Gary O’Donovan made Olympic history in August 2016 when they won silver in the lightweight men’s double sculls at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It was the first ever Olympic medal won by an Irish crew. This historic moment defined the sport and lifted a nation. Paul then went on to win gold at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He became the only rower to go from medalling in Rio to medalling in Rotterdam. It was his first World Champion title.
The brothers from Skibbereen in Co. Cork have come a long way since they began rowing in Irish junior teams in 2008. National Lottery funding, distributed to Sport Ireland by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, has supported them in their journey to Olympic Glory.
Speaking of the importance of National Lottery funding, Paul O’Donovan said,
“We are delighted that Rowing Ireland receives some valuable funding from the National Lottery, it has helped build the National Rowing Centre in Cork along with the purchase of boats and equipment. This has been vital to the success of all the Rowing Ireland team, not just ourselves, for countless years, and we hope it can contribute to a bright future for rowing in Ireland.”