Maurogiovanni , a former Italian Olympic rower and Motor Science graduate, replaced Morten Espersen earlier in the year. He competed at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Games, and has been involved in seven Olympic Games in total, either competing or coaching. Maurogiovanni was the Australian under-23 coach in 2015 and 2016. From 2001 to 2009 he was head coach at the Western Australia Institute of Sport. He has also coached in the Netherlands and in Italy.
Antonio Maurogiovanni of Rowing Ireland
“I want to have everyone on more or less the same page,” he told the Irish Times this weekend. “There are good people in Ireland with an unbelievable dedication to rowing, but the structures leave a “big opportunity” for improvement”.
Last weekend’s Ireland trial at the National Rowing Centre confirmed that lightweight oarsmen Paul and Gary O’Donovan are in good form and will travel with the high-performance director’s blessing to New Zealand and Australia in the New Year for an extended stay. They will be accompanied Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan, who did not trial. One of the big challenges for Irish rowing is that the lightweight class is down to just one men’s and one women’s boat for Tokyo 2020.
The top two women’s crews at the trial on Sunday were a four of Aifric Keogh, Aileen Crowley, Emily Hegarty and Tara Hanlon and a heavyweight double of Monika Dukarska and Claire Lambe. However not all of the Irish trials results were as promising as the squad headliners.
“This was the very first assessment for me. It is very hard for me to make an objective assessment. I think the next one will be the one [at which] I can see the competition on the water.” That trial has been reset for December 23, with an ergometer test the week before.