At European Championships Munich 2022 both canoe sprint and rowing will take place at the Munich Olympic Regatta Centre, offering a chance to watch both sports closely. McCarthy is looking forward to the event: “We love going to the Europeans every year.” But they don’t just want to tag along. “We won the European Champs last year, so we’ll have to try and defend that title.”
With the O’Donovans and Jake McCarthy concentrated on their respective studies the question who will compete in the men’s lightweight double sculls isn’t set in stone yet. This leaves a chance for Fintan to go single like at the European Championships in 2020. He has high standards though. “I only got a bronze medal there, so it would be nice to maybe place quite a few places higher.” Basically, meaning gold.
The continental strength in rowing varies, “but for us in the lightweight double Europe is really strong.” The Olympic final in Tokyo was almost exclusively filled with European athletes. McCarthy puts this in perspective: “We usually face kind of everyone, that we have our eye on, at the Europeans.”
Munich 2022 won’t be the Irishman’s first trip to the Bavarian capital. At around 12 years old he visited Munich on a school trip, but can’t remember much, other than his class being given caps, so they won’t get lost. This time around he hopes to see and remember a bit more. Including the other eight European championships set to take place in August. “Athletics and gymnastics would be cool, cause there’s a few Irish competitors, and it would be cool to watch them as well.”
“It’s a bit like the Olympics, everyone is going to be there at the same time.”