Sanita Puspure’s ambitions curtailed by lack of funding
Despite winning a World Rowing Cup silver medal in Belgrade last week, Sanita Puspure will not be racing in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria for World Cup 2. The regatta, being held on June 22-24, is a test event for the 2019 World Rowing Championships and is expected to attract over 800 entries from 50 nations.
With entries closing yesterday it looks as if only Paul and Gary O’Donovan, who took bronze last weekend behind the Polish and Belgian crews, will be representing Ireland. The Irish Times are reporting that the O’Donovans will be there on a self-funding basis.
Puspure overcame controversy at the beginning of the season and a five-week injury layoff in the spring, spending most of the pre-season getting fit on a bike. “I cried a good few times on that bike,” she told the Irish Times, “but it worked.” Puspure had been set an intensive program by high-performance director Antonio Maurogiovanni, and coach David McGowan. “That programme made a big difference,” she said.
Her next race will be at the final World Rowing Cup in July in Lucerne followed by the European Championships in August in Glasgow and the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria in September. “It is ridiculous that we are trying to find someone to fund the team at the Europeans. We’re one of the top Olympic sports in Ireland” she said. Despite a recent round of funding, Irish rowers will have to rely on friends and family if they are to gain international experience.