The ongoing shortage, travel restrictions, and impending lockdowns have seen the sport of rowing shifting to virtual rowing.
Ireland Rowing hosted the ROWfit Virtual Indoor Championships which was aimed at developing home and club-based virtually Indoor racing. ROWfit events comprise rowing machine racing on an internet platform, where competitors race each other LIVE in Real-time.
Peterhouse Boat Club member Danielle Kaschula who recently qualified for the 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships took part in the Irish Indoor Championships. Kaschula participated in two events U14 500m and U15 1000m scooping gold medals in both events.
Danielle dominated in all two events leading from start to finish. In the U14 500m Kaschula, comfortable smashed the record clocking the 500m race in 01:37.6 with an impressive 32.0 stroke per minute.
The 14-year-old continued to break the record this time around, she was racing against U16 in the 1000m event. Her namesake Danielle Winter had been tipped to win the race but Kaschula gave her no chance. It was Astrid Peel who had proved to be a strong competitor but Kaschula experience saw her smashing yet another record. At 03:33:7 she had reached the 1000m mark smashing at a rate of 29.9 strokes per minute.