Steven nominated for Rowing Ireland award

Katie O’Brien and Steven McGowan in action during this year’s World Rowing Championships. Pic: Benedict Tufnell/World Rowing

Paralympic rower Steven McGowan from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, has been nominated for the Rowability Award of the Year in this year’s Rowing Ireland Awards.

Steven and his rowing partner Katie O’Brien from Clarinbridge in Co. Galway qualified for Paris 2024 during the World Championships in Serbia in September.

The Roscommon man was involved in a life-changing single-vehicle crash in Fairymount in September 2017 which left him with a severe spinal injury.

After a long period of rehabilitation, he took up rowing less than two years ago to join Katie in the mixed double in the hope of qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics.

The winners will be announced at the Rowing Ireland Awards on Saturday, November 18th in Portlaoise.