Letterkenny rower Sinead Jennings is finally going to realise her Olympic dream and is on her way to Rio in August, for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The 39 year old doctor and mother of three was named on Friday on the four person Irish Rowing team for this Summer’s Games by the Olympic Council of Ireland.
The former World Single Lightweight champion will finally realise a long held dream of competing at the Olympics and becoming an Olympic athlete.
Sinead Jennings Lynch is married to rower Sam Lynch and along with her partner Clare Lambe will compete in the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull.
The pair qualified at for Rio at the World Rowing Championships, in Aiguebelette, France, last September, but had to wait until last week to finally have her selection approved by the Irish Olympic Council last week.
Paul and Gary O’Donovan, in the Lightweight Men’s Double Scull are the other two rowers named in the team for the Games.
The Donegal woman won her World Gold medal in Lucerne in Switzerland, in 2001. She also won a World bronze medal n the Single Scull, in Zagreb, in 2000 and World silver in Linz, in 2008.
However, as the single scull was not an Olympic event she had to wait until now to realise the dream.
Sinead is the second member of her family to qualify for the Olympics, her sister Caitriona competed in the marathon in London in 2001, and finished last after she was troubled by serious injury in the lead up to the event.