Rowing: Don McLachlan is new Irish Rowing Lead Coach

Irish Rowing’s new Lead coach will be Don McLachlan, a New Zealander, is coming to Ireland from the role of Head of Rowing, Imperial College Boat Club, one of the premier University clubs in the UK and a designated Great Britain High Performance centre.

Since 2005 he has coached British medal winning crews at the World
Championships, the European Championships and the U23 World championships.

As a rower, McLachlan was a member of the New Zealand U23 national squad, the Olympic Development squad and was many times a New Zealand national champion.

Commenting on McLachlan’s appointment, Morten Espersen, Rowing Ireland High Performance Director said:

“Don comes to Irish Rowing with an excellent track record as a coach at the highest

level of  British club rowing and with the experience of coaching successful World

Championship crews at senior and U23 levels.


“I believe that he will provide excellent leadership to

our High Performance coaching team and will work well with both elite athletes and key coaches in

Irish rowing. His appointment will ensure that our international athletes will be provided with every opportunity to realise their full potential during his tenure”.

McLachlan said: “I am delighted to be joining the Irish Rowing High Performance team and am excited by the prospect of working with Morten and the squad of up and coming Irish elite rowers.


I look forward to getting to know the athletes and to working with them to help Irish rowing achieve its full potential on the International stage”.

McLachlan will be based in the National Rowing Centre in Cork. The appointment means that Rowing Ireland will now have New Zealanders in the posts of lead coach and chief executive as  Hamish Adams began work as chief executive of the organisation earlier this week.Adams took over from Acting CEO Frank Coghlan and will also be based in the National Rowing Centre at Farran Wood, Ovens, Cork.

Adams was previously  with the Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA) .

He has worked primarily in rugby with the New Zealand and Irish Rugby Union’s and was tasked with the establishment of the Munster Academy in 2004 and then the development of the professional players welfare programme in 2008 with IRUPA.

Adams said: “I am honoured to be appointed to the role of CEO with Rowing Ireland. Rowing in Ireland has a proud history of both performance and participation and we certainly want to create an on-going legacy for our members.”

“Rowing is a fantastic community sport that is very accessible to all and it is certainly our priority to grow the sport through innovation going forward.”

Rowing Ireland President Anthony Dooley added: “This is a great appointment for Rowing Ireland.

We have conducted an extensive recruitment process and believe that Hamish will be a valuable

addition to our team. He has vast experience in sports administration and I was delighted when he agreed to take on the role.”

Adams  will work closely with Morten Espersen who was also recently appointed to the role of

High Performance Director at Rowing Ireland, as well as with Don McLachlan.

Espersen who hails from  Denmark has a rich history of Olympic
success and will be looking to the next generation of rowers for Rio in 2016.

Rowing Ireland is the governing body for the 80 affiliated clubs on the island of Ireland and is supported by both the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland.


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