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Towey was born in Cork on March 26, 1977 and grew up in Kilworth village which is 5 km from Fermoy where he was schooled in St. Colmans College and became a member of Fermoy Rowing Club. He was introduced to rowing by his siblings and it quickly became his main sport having flirted with mixed success in athletics, karate, tennis and gaelic games
He quickly rose through the ranks of international olympic rowing, making two world junior championship finals, competing in a junior and senior world championship in the same year (1995) and became a permanent, popular and one of the most successful members of the Irish Rowing Team for the next 12 years until his retirement after the Beijing Olympics in 2008
Towey, along with Ciaran Lewis, attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 2005 in a 23 ft rowing boat. After 40 days at sea, having endured two tropical storms and a hurricane on the way, their boat was pitch poled by a 10 meter wave, leaving the men adrift 900 miles from landfall. They were rescued in the middle of a force 9 storm at night by the supertanker "Hispania Spirit".
Towey has also taken part in several "Raids", expedition adventure races covering extreme terrain over 5 or more days using kayaks, mountain bikes, trekking, climbing, swimming and inline skates.
After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Natural Science, and after retiring from rowing, Towey trained as an actor at the Bridge Theatre Company in London, making his stage debut as Polixenes, King of Bohemia at the Cockpit Theatre, London in March 2009.
He owns Irish sporting events company, Boldly Go, specialising in adventure races and endurance challenges.
He currently lives in Sydney Australia, working as Player Development Advisor for Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club and is a regular speaker on the topic of transition, especially the transition from elite athlete to the next phase of life.
- "Gearóid Towey". Sports-reference. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
- "Irish oarsmen rescued from mid-Atlantic liferaft". Daily Times (Pakistan). 10 January 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2010.