LIMERICK is to play host to the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships this week, an event that is expected to bring over 400 competitors and supporters into the city.
UL is hosting the rowing meet this Sunday which is to provide an economic boost by bringing over 100 international competitors - mostly from Germany - to Limerick.
A further 300 national participants, including members of the rowing community, gym goers and general enthusiasts alike, are expected to flock to the city for the event, a fact that has pleased Joe Cantillon, event organiser and director of Limerick based company Rowfit Ltd.
“In the run up to the event, we made a big push to contact gyms, rugby clubs and other fitness fans to promote the event along with support from Limerick City Council,” he explained.
“We’re delighted to welcome so many international and national participants to the event and hope to continue to grow and host the championships here in Limerick in the years ahead,” he added.
Former light weight world rowing champion Sinead Jennings, who is based in Limerick, joined Mr Cantillon to promote the event along the picturesque Limerick riverside, while Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin has also heralded the event and its potential impact on the city.
“Limerick is delighted to welcome so many visitors this weekend as part of the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships,” he said.
“This is a fantastic initiative from the event organisers. This superb event along with Ospreys visiting Thomond Park will ensure a busy and fantastic sporting weekend in the city.”
Registration is open to the public although pre-registration is essential. Supporters are welcome and admission is free, while racing begins at 9am and runs until 6pm.
See www.iirc.ie for more.