Published on July 29th, 2021 | by sligoadmin


SligoSligoNews Rowing Analysis

Local man, Paddy Smith, rang the office this morning to provide SligoSligoNews with an in-depth analysis of Ireland’s gold medal triumph at the Tokyo Olympics. 

We put the call out earlier this week as we don’t have a rowing expert on the team and Paddy gladly answered the call. He’s had a lifelong interest in the sport – “It began when I was a young fella,” said the affable Cliffoney native, now resident in the heart of Sligo. Although never having competed, Paddy assured us he knew the sport “like the back of my hand, both inside and out.” His analysis certainly got us thinking. “I’ve been watching the rowing at the limpics for a while now on the telly,” he confirmed.

As for the race itself he says, “I was a little bit worried that things could have slipped away from the Cork boys. There was a slight incline near the finishing line but they coped well with it and held the German team off to claim the gold for Ireland.”  When we asked about his actual experience of the sport he told us that he’d been on a rowboat a few times on Lough Gill and once in Lough Key Forest Park.

Later his wife Mary confirmed that he had been “rowing with her, on and off for years.”

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