Sinead Lynch

Rower, Sinéad Lynch (nee Jennings) became a first time Olympian at the age of 39 at the Rio 2016 Games. Sinead and her light weight doubles partner Claire Lambe went onto to made history at the Games becoming the first ever Irish female crew to make an Olympic final. After Rio she has taken some time away from rowing and refocused on a new activity finishing third in her first every IRONMAN 70.3 in Dublin in August 2018. Sinead is also a three-time World medallist having the full set of medals, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Sinead is a qualified pharmacist and medical doctor. She is currently finishing her training in GP and has a special interest in women’s health and sports medicine. Originally from Letterkenny, Donegal, she is now living in Limerick with her husband and three young girls, Clodagh, Molly & Hannah.

Key Achievements

  • Olympic Finalist, 2016, Light Weight Doubles with Claire Lambe
  • World Silver Medal 2008 Light Weight Singles
  • World Rowing Champion 2001 Light Weight Singles
  • World Bronze Medal, 2000 Light Weight Singles
  • 2017 IRONMAN Dublin 70.3 Third Place
  • Former International Track Cyclist
  • Former Junior International Triathlete


The Resilience needed to Succeed: On Sinéad’s 16-year journey to realise her childhood dream of becoming an Olympian, she experienced the highs of becoming World Rowing Champion and the devastating lows of failing to qualify for the Olympics, in not just one sport but two. Along the way there was the decision to change her career from pharmacy to medicine, the birth of her three daughters and a marriage to Olympic Rower, Sam Lynch. And only after defying the odds – and, indeed, the age barrier – did the childhood dream become a reality in 2016 at the age of 39. By sharing her personal story, Sinead can offer insights, real tips and advice on how to build resilience, so you too can make your goals a reality.

Striking a Balance: As a mum to three girls, a practicing doctor and an elite athlete Sinéad knows all about the pressures of striking a balance in life. Through Sinéad’s personal and professional experience in sport and medicine, she can share her proven strategies to help find balance in life which will empower you to achieve improved health while fulfilling your professional and personal goals. Her unique blend of personal experience, energy, and stories makes her speaking engaging and inspiring.

Worked With

Dell, Mercer, 30% Club, Abbvie

“An outstanding story, a true example of resilience and determination which is truly inspiring. The reaction to Sinead from all present has been incredible and so positive.”

Carmel Jordan, Mercer, European Chief Operating Officer