Rowing is one of the few sports in which the use of body and mind in complete unison with others is key to success
University rowing is mainly in 8 and 4 man boats where the importance of teamwork is greatest. The Ladies and Men’s Boat Clubs are amongst the strongest, most vibrant rowing clubs in Ireland. Both clubs place a great deal of emphasis on novices. Although the sport requires a high level of fitness and technical ability, beginners build their strength, stamina and technical proficiency very quickly under expert coaches. The development of rowers with previous experience is also important to the clubs. Experienced rowers benefit from the first rate coaching, mentoring and access to superb facilities.
A wide programme of competitive activities is a feature of ladies and men’s rowing including Heads of the River and all national regattas, as well as visits to overseas regattas. Members have also represented Ireland at World Cups and Olympic Games. ‘Land’ training takes place during the week in UCD Sport with river activities at weekends.