Paul O’Donovan starts medical school at University College Cork
Olympic silver medalist Paul O’Donovan, now 24, started his first day at medical school yesterday. The Skibbereen rower, who recently obtained an honours degree in Physiotherapy, was awarded a Quercus Sport’s Scholarship from University College Cork, Ireland.
Gary and Paul O’Donovan rowing in the double scull for Skibbereen at Henley Royal Regatta in July 2018
O’Donovan will just have had time to claim his college locker before he flies to Bulgaria today for the World Rowing Championships which start in Plovdiv on September 9. “UCC and the Quercus Programme have been extremely accommodating and my absence has been planned for well in advance, O’Donovan said. “I am lucky that UCC recognises my love of rowing and my passion for medicine and will support me in balancing both”.
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The O’Donovan’s, who were beaten at Henley by heavyweights Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont, will be facing Great Britain’s lightweight crew of Jamie Copus and Zak Lee-Green in Bulgaria. Both crews will face stiff competition from Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli of Norway who will be one of the favourites to win the LM2x along with Niels Van Zandweghe and Tim Brys of Belgium.