County Limerick Teen Takes Home Two Golds at International Rowing Championship, Hungary
Eoghan Whittle, a sixth year student won 2 gold medals in the prestigious Coup de laJeunesse competition which was held in Szeged, Hungary this Summer.
The 17 year old is no stranger to the podium, having won numerous national indoor and outdoor championship events both as a single sculler and as part of a crew. Eoghan is the youngest rower in the Irish crew of four that won not one, but two gold medals in Hungary, beating national crews from all over Europe.
Whittle began rowing at Castleconnell Boat Club at the age of 12, and for a number of years managed to keep up a dedicated Gaelic passion with Monaleen Club beforecommitting fully to the rowing at the age of 15.
Castleconnell club is fortunate enough to have some excellent coaches and members, and two noteworthy scouts were on hand to observe Eoghan’s first time on the water. Joe Cunningham from Nenagh is noted for his commitment to developing an adaptive rowing programme at Castleconnell. Limerick’s James Mangan is currently the Irish Heavyweight Men’s sculling coach, having coached at Olympic level in the US and overseas, and it was these two who first observed and encouraged Whittle’s aptitude for the sport.
Castleconnell President Francis Moloney commended the young man’s achievement, noting that he has represented his club, his community and his country with the utmost of commitment and focus. He said “To have achieved gold at an event of this standard is remarkable, and to do it in both 2014 and 2015 is quite simply outstanding. The future is bright for this young athlete.”