Cork rower Niamh Hayes makes a splash in Hong Kong

Cork rower Niamh Hayes makes a splash in Hong Kong
Niamh Hayes, Galley Flash, competing in the Ocean to City race last summer. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

LEESIDER Niamh Hayes is celebrating following her appearance in the Coastal Rowing World Championships in Hong Kong.

The Galley Flash RC rower is now ranked 14th in the World in the Elite Women’s solo category.

This is Hayes’ second world Championships having previously rowed for Ireland in The World Championships in Geneva in 2017.

On that occasion, she was part of the team that came first in the B Final in a Quad.

This is her first year racing in the women’s elite solo.

Galley Flash rowing club ace Niamh Hayes after her excellent display in Hong Kong.
Galley Flash rowing club ace Niamh Hayes after her excellent display in Hong Kong.

Hayes, aged 29, from Rathbarry which is between Rosscarbery and Clonakilty in west Cork, headed to Hong Kong last week and spent the week training and preparing for the heat on Friday where she qualified for the final on Sunday.

She was racing among full-time elite athletes, many of whom will be at the Olympics next year.

Niamh Hayes (Galley Flash) being presented a medal from Oscar Ó hEilidhe, at the Middle Harbour Races in Passage West.
Niamh Hayes (Galley Flash) being presented a medal from Oscar Ó hEilidhe, at the Middle Harbour Races in Passage West.

Not content with finishing fourth in the Women’s Elite solo, Niamh also helped the Quad to qualify for the A Final eventually finishing 15th.

Making it all the more impressive, her trip to Hong Kong was self-funded.

The Corkonian juggles her extensive training regime with her researcher role on Today in RTÉ Cork.

The Galley Flash RC veteran ladies crew Roni Hawe, Rachel O'Donovan, Niamh Hayes, Ellen Ahern and Mary Rose Keating who finished second at the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships. Picture: Denis Minihane.
The Galley Flash RC veteran ladies crew Roni Hawe, Rachel O'Donovan, Niamh Hayes, Ellen Ahern and Mary Rose Keating who finished second at the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships. Picture: Denis Minihane.

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