With support from the Irish Sports Council and Irish Institute of Sport, Paralympics Ireland develops annual performance plans with our member organisations. These cover all aspects of preparation for the Irish Paralympic team.
We secure investment from state agencies and commercial partners to ensure that Irish Paralympic athletes train and compete at the highest level. Such support is invaluable and played a key part in Irish success at London 2012.
We recruit and support top-class coaches to guide Irish athletes to competitive success. From our full-time Swimming and Athletics Managers, Dave Malone and James Nolan, through to all of our valued part-time coaches, we aim to provide the best possible coaching programme to aspiring athletes.
In addition to managing Irish team participation in European/World Championships in IPC governed sports, we prepare and send Irish athletes to Paralympic qualifying competitions around the world. In 2011 alone, Irish Paralympic athletes have competed in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, New Zealand and Slovenia.
We coordinate a series of multisport training camps in the lead up to each Paralympic Games, with the aim of pulling individual athletes and support staff into a cohesive unit.
A multi-disciplinary sports science and medical team provide key performance-enhancing support to Irish Paralympic athletes. This includes medicine, performance analysis, physiotherapy, massage, psychology, nutrition, physiology, strength and conditioning.
In the increasingly competitive environment of elite sport, this comprehensive approach gives unparalled support to Irish Paralympic athletes.