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The man behind Ireland's success has been shortlisted for World Rowing Coach of the Year

Ireland coach Dominic Casey has overseen another great year.

Mark O'Donovan, Paul O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll at the World Rowing Championships.
Mark O'Donovan, Paul O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll at the World Rowing Championships.
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IRELAND COACH DOMINIC Casey has been shortlisted for 2017 World Rowing Coach of the Year.

The man who coached Paul and Gary O’Donovan to a silver medal in Rio last summer oversaw more glittering success on the water this year and has been rewarded for his efforts with two finalist nominations for the 2017 World Rowing Awards.

As well as Coach of the Year, Casey also features on the list of finalists for the 2017 World Rowing Distinguished Services to International Rowing accolade.

Involved with Skibbereen Rowing club since 1979, the O’Donovan brothers, Mark O’Donovan, Shane O’Driscoll and Denise Walsh are some of the big names he’s guided to glory of late.

Ireland’s rowers continue to excel against the best in the world, and this year saw them pocket three gold medals at the World Rowing championships.

casey Dominic Casey. Source: RTE Sport.

Paul O’Donovan defended his lightweight single sculls title, while Skibbereen duo Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll were crowned lightweight men’s pair champions.

Earlier in the year, O’Donovan and O’Driscoll won gold at the European Rowing Championships, while the O’Donovan brothers and Walsh returned home with silver medals.

Denmark’s Morton Espersen – the former high performance director of Rowing Ireland who led the team in Rio — has also made the shortlist of finalists for 2017 World Rowing Distinguished Services to International Rowing.

The award winners will be announced on Friday, 8 December 2017.  The winners will be honoured that same day at a gala dinner in London.

Finalists for 2017 Coach of the Year

  • Alexis Besancon, France
  • Dominic Casey, Ireland
  • Francesco Cattaneo, Italy
  • Josy Verdonkschot, Netherlands
  • Antonio Colamonici, Romania

Finalists for 2017 World Rowing Distinguished Services to International Rowing

  • John Boultbee, Australia
  • Morten Espersen, Denmark
  • Juergen Grobler, Great Britain
  • Dominic Casey, Ireland
  • Nicholas Ee, Singapore

The full list of finalists for each category can be found here.

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