Irish Rower and Olympic Gold Medallist
Irish Rower and Olympic Gold Medallist Paul O’Donovan is one of the world’s most well-known rowers. Paul comes from Skibbereen and has been rowing since 2001 with his brother Gary. Currently, Paul is studying Medicine at UCC and rows for UCC Rowing Club.
Paul won Silver, alongside his brother Gary, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Since, Paul has won four consecutive gold medals at the World Rowing Championships. Additionally, Paul and Gary won gold at the 2017 European Championships in the Lightweight Double.
Paul won Gold alongside Fintan McCarthy at the 2021 European Rowing Championships in Varese. In the 2021 Rowing World Cup II, Paul won a gold medal with Fintan McCarthy in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls in Lucerne, Switzerland.
At the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the Skibbereen native made history when he and Fintan McCarthy won Ireland’s first ever rowing gold medal, winning the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls A Final. The pair set a world’s best time of 6:05:33.
Paul has a calm and humorous personality with a unique and entertaining speaking strategy making him a great option for speaking engagements.