It was such a pleasure to meet with Galway woman Katie O’Brien won gold in the Para women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic.  Katie is simply inspirational.

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Galway woman Katie O’Brien has won gold in the Para women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic.

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The 26 year-old put in a dominant performance to claim the top prize in the village of Racice.

She made a strong start to the 2000m race, and never looked like forfeiting her lead in a phenomenal display.

Katie O’Brien on her way to winning a gold medal.
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O’Brien clocked a time of 9:25.23 to finish a convincing 10 seconds ahead of second-place Australian Kathryn Ross with Anna Aisanova of Ukraine completed the top three.

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Katie took up rowing eight years ago when she was 16 and has already achieved incredible heights, including a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships and a gold at the world famous Henley regatta.

Her dream is to win an Paralympic medal in Paris in 2024.

I have massive aspirations. I’m getting a medal in Paris!

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