Sanita’s Olympic bid – a special appeal for your assistance

Sanita Puspure – Ireland’s only rowing competitor in London 2012

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Please take a moment to read this…

Born in Riga in Lativa, Sanita and her husband Kaspar came to Ireland in 2006, when Kaspar took up work as a technician with CR Technics in Dublin Airport.

Sanita had already excelled as a oarswoman in Latvia, among other things winning a bronze medal in the single scull event in the U23 World Championships.

Sanita competing for Old Collegians 

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As readers may be aware, since its formation in 1936, aside from it’s status as an alumni club, it has been a core aim of Old Collegians to support the growth of rowing at all levels in Ireland. So we were delighted to welcome Sanita to Old Collegians, which at the time was home to a group of elite women scullers who were competing at the highest level, nationally and internationally.

Under Phil O’Keeffe’s guidance as coach, Sanita went on to win multiple national championships in both single and double sculls, as well as winning in 2x and 4x in Henley.

These years also saw Sanita and Kaspar settle down and make Ireland their home. Sanita’s application for Irish citizenship was approved and with their two lovely children, Patrick (5) and Daniela (4), they moved to Iniscarra in Cork to be near the National Rowing Centre.

‘go mammy!’ – Sanita & family in Lucerne after Olympic qualification

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Sanita and Kaspar have sacrificed a lot to reach this moment, and Kaspar has effectively put his career on hold, to prioritise Sanita’s training regieme. In this final few weeks running into the event, they could really do with our help. While Sanita’s needs as an athlete are being taken care of by the Rowing Union, we can significantly help Sanita to focus on her performance by supporting her family in time running up to her competing.

On behalf of Old Collegians, could I ask that you consider giving what you can to Sanita and her family, and could as ask that you do this as soon as possible, as we are keen to get funds to them as soon as we can. Needless to say, every cent we get will be passed on.

With many thanks for your consideration,

James Kelly
Captain, OCBC


the simplest way to pay is via PayPal;


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To assist by cheque, please make cheques out to ‘Old Collegians Boat Club No. 1 Current Account’ and posted to:

Sanita Appeal
The Treasurer – Old Collegians Boat Club
36 Adair
Sandymount Avenue
Dublin 4

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If you would like to make bank transfer, please email Barry Smith the Treasurer at treasurer (at) , and he’ll inform you of account details.

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