Sergeant Damien Kelly has been selected by Rowing Ireland to represent Ireland at the Home International Regatta due to take place at Cardiff Bay, Wales on 23rd July 2016. He will line up along with the rest of the Irish squad to race against the best that England, Scotland and Wales can provide.
Damien joined the Garda Boat Club in 2003 and has been elected Club Captain for the past three years running. Over the years Damien has had many notable wins in the sport. In 2015 Damien secured a National Championship in the Men’s Intermediate Double Sculls along with Garda Ronan Allen. He also secured an overseas win at the London Metropolitan last year in the Intermediate Sculls. In November 2015 Sergeant Kelly was awarded a Garda Sports Star Award for his achievements in the sport.
During the long winter season this year Damien dedicated his free time to land based morning and evening training sessions on the ergomoters at the Garda Boat Club gym. In January of 2016 he travelled to Seville for a high intensity training camp in preparation for the Home International trial in June and the National Championships due to take place in July. The rest of the season will see Damien concentrating on water work at Islandbridge and also when possible, at Blessington Lakes. Damien’s drive for rowing has been instilled in him by his coach, retired Chief Superintendent and former Olympian Willie Ryan. In advance of the Home International Regatta, Damien will be representing the Garda Boat Club at the National Championships in July where he will be hoping to secure more silverware.
On the 23rd July he will travel to Cardiff with the rest of the Irish Team where he will compete in the Mens Senior Single Scull. Damien has also been selected to compete alongside Tom Dillon (NUIG BC), Alan Prendergast (Shandon BC) and Dan Begley (Shandon BC) in the Mens Senior Quadruple Scull.