Liffey Descent 2008 For Immediate Release

In this year's Liffey Descent, two time Olympian, Gary Mawer showed that experience triumphs over youth as he took Gold in the K1 Racing Class. Eoin Rheinisch fresh from 4th in Beijing chased a podium place in the doubles event with clubmate Barry Watkins, but the physical distance took its toll and they could only manage 8th in a highly competitive field.

The South African crew, brothers - Ryan & Greg Louw took first in K2 Racing Class while the Irish dominated the other classes with Jim Morrisey (Galway) winning the Wild Water Racing Class, Maire Diggin taking Gold in Womens General Purpose, and Mark Redmond Gold in Mens General Purpose

Quotes from ICU President Eamon Devoy:
“It was fantastic to see our two potential 2012 paddlers, Eoin Rheinisch and Barry Watkins, from sprint and slalom, teaming up in the doubles event. Eoin did this event as a junior and it obviously inspired him to greater things.”
“The race had the three main ingredients for a classic - sunshine, whitewater and competition, with over 800 paddlers participating. They represented 103 clubs and athletes came from the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and a large contingent from South Africa.”

Quotes from Gary Mawer, two-time Olympian and Winner of the K1 Racing Class:

"I may have won the race many times before but the Liffey is unpredictable - I nearly fell in at Straffan, and as it turns out I cracked my paddle there but didn’t notice it till after the race. The River Gods were certainly with me today."
"This race is a great warm up for next weekend's Marathon Racing World Championships (in Hungary) where seniors - Neil Fleming, Jason Briody, Jenny Egan, and juniors - Daragh Fleming and Fintan Mitchell, represent Ireland. I took Silver there 12 years ago and this generation represents our best chance of getting back on the podium."
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