Gearoid Towey

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Gearoid Towey
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Ireland
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Lucerne LM2-
Bronze medal – third place 1999 St. Catharines LM4x
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Milan LM2x
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Eton LM4-
U23 World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Hazewinkel BLM1x

Gearoid Towey (born 26 March 1977 in Fermoy, Republic of Ireland[1]) is an Irish Olympic Athlete and former World Rowing Champion, and Trans-Atlantic rower. He competed at three Olympics – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 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".[2]

He currently lives in Sydney Australia and is the founder of Crossing the Line Sport – an organisation dedicated to athlete mental health and transition out of sport. He is a regular speaker on the topic of transition, especially the transition from elite athlete to the next phase of life.


  1. ^ "Gearóid Towey". Sports-reference. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Irish oarsmen rescued from mid-Atlantic liferaft". Daily Times (Pakistan). 10 January 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2010.[permanent dead link]

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