Sanita Puspure has left her troubles with Rowing Ireland behind her and is now focussing on the 2018 season
Sanita Puspure: looking ahead after Irish Indoor Rowing Championships win
Irish sculler, Sanita Puspure, won the Women’s 2k at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships (IIRC) this weekend. Winning by a comfortable margin of 12 seconds over club mate Aileen Crowley of the Old Collegians Boat Club, Puspure finished in 6:39:8, some four seconds off her best. For the men, Sam McKeown of Queen’s University Belfast Boat Club set a new Irish indoor record of 5:53:0.
Puspure told WEROW that the IIRC, which attracted 1,800 entries, was a great event and that she was impressed by the junior women coming through. “It’s great for Irish rowing. We had a good few crews under 7 minutes which would have been a challenge a couple of years back. We have more and more women putting in great performances at U23 and some of the J16 are beating me on time from when I was competing at J18 so it’s looking good”.
Puspure thinks that women’s rowing in Ireland is on the up and up but that the senior team will not see the results of what’s happening now for a few years. “I don’t think we are ever going to have a massive senior women’s team but we have some quality youngsters coming through. I have been around for ten years now and we’ve had a big team before but it didn’t last long as athletes left so if we get the quality up, the numbers will increase, I think. If young girls see there’s something happening rather then one single, one pair and a double then they will be more keen to get into the squad system”.
Sanita Puspurewith coach Dominic Casey at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships
The run-up to the event had not been smooth for Puspure who faced possible disciplinary proceedings from Rowing Ireland for tweeting about the removal of coach Sean Casey. However, Puspure told WEROW that she was happy enough with her performance. “I started training a month later than I did last year and there was a lot of distraction. Two weeks ago I was thinking I would have to leave because I wasn’t going to be able to stay in that environment. So now I am able put all that behind me and I can reset the focus for 2018. I want to pick up where I left off and do better than last year”.
Puspure finished fourth in the W1x at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, behind Jeannine Gmelin, Victoria Thornley and Magdalena Lobnig.