Jenny Egan-Simmons and her husband Jon Simmons completed the gruelling 29-kilometre race on the island of Madeira, Portugal with the race starting in Funchal and finishing in Caletha.
Egan from Lucan, who is a multiple World Cup medallist, multiple World Championship medallist and European Championship medallist in sprint and marathon canoeing for Ireland, competed in her first ICF Ocean Racing World Cup with her husband Jon Simmons in the SS2 Mixed Double category on the 7th October.
As this is a new discipline for Egan and Simmons to compete in internationally they didn’t know what to expect in terms of the result they could achieve, as it requires a very different skill set to sprint and marathon racing. However, they knew that their endurance was of a very high standard.
The conditions in the Atlantic Ocean were very challenging with a max elevation of 6 metre swell recorded and strong winds during their race, with the air temperature being 31 degrees, with high humidity.
They were ecstatic to cross the finish line winning the Gold medal and creating history being the first gold medallist for Ireland in an ICF Ocean Racing World Cup.
Egan and Simmons are both proud members of Salmon Leap Canoe Club. Simmons is the Canoeing Ireland Canoe Sprint Coach and also the Development Coach for Salmon Leap Canoe Club. Simmons originally from the UK is also a Marathon World Cup medallist for Great Britain before making the move to Ireland.
Jenny Egan-Simmons and her husband Jon Simmons completed the gruelling 29-kilometre race on the island of Madeira
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