Waterford’s Andrew Goff, second from right front row, with his team-mates and the Swiss and Austrians team on the podium at the World U-23 Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.
Waterford rower, Andrew Goff, who now rows for UCD, was a member of the Irish team that won a bronze medal last week at the U-23 World Rowing Championships at Plovdiv in Bulgaria.
Andrew competed in the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls with Shane O’Connell from UCD, Stephen O’Connor from UCC and Niall Beggan from Commercial. They won their heat comfortably on Wednesday beating last year’s gold medalist quad from Great Britain. Their semi-final on Friday was won by Austria in a new Championship record time as the Irish quad moved from fifth place to third place in the closing stages to secure a place in the final.
The Final was raced in 36 degrees of heat on Saturday and the Irish quad were always in the battle for a medal keeping pressure on the Austrians and the Swiss all the way to the finish to secure bronze. They finished 1.75 seconds behind the winning Swiss quad and 0.28 seconds behind the Austrians. They were comfortably ahead of the quads from Great Britain, Italy and France. The Irish quad was coached by Dominic Casey and Paul Thornton.
The Irish Lightweight Men’s Pair of David O’Malley and Shane Mulvaney, both from UCD, also won bronze at the Championships.
Andrew is a member of the Ad Astra Academy for Elite Athletes at UCD and competes for UCD but he still trains with Waterford Boat Club with Eoin Whelan, coach. He is a past pupil of Waterpark College.