â€śSince 2009, Paralympics Ireland has helped me access some of the worldâ€™s best coaching, sports-science, medical and psychologist support. This was a key factor behind my two gold medals at London 2012 and towards the teamâ€™s overall success. As an Irish athlete, Iâ€™m extremely proud and grateful for the helpâ€ť Mark Rohan, Double Paralympic HC1 Handcycling Champion, London 2012 We believe that Irish Paralympic athletes should be well supported in their quest to excel on the world stage.Â Irish Paralympic sport is partially state-funded but corporate and charitable giving helps us to provide our full range of programmes: International Competition The next Summer Paralympic Games take place in Rio 2016 but Irish athletes are preparing for a busy competitive schedule. In 2013, Paralympics Ireland will lead teams to IPC World Championships in Athletics and Swimming (France and Canada respectively). Athlete Support and Equipment We recruit the best coaches, sports-science and medical staff to guide Irish Paralympic athletes to their highest performance. This is expensive but ensures that Ireland outperforms many greater-resourced countries. Talent Development We work closely with our member organisations to develop â€śpathwaysâ€ť for elite athletes. We also aim to encourage more people with a disability to participate in grassroots parasport â€“ every Irish person should be able to enjoy a sport of their choice. How you can help:Â High-performance sport is expensive, so weâ€™d be thrilled if our supporters could raise additional funds on our behalf. Many of our followers ran in the Womenâ€™s Mini Marathon and Dublin Marathon in the run-up to London 2012.Â If youâ€™re keen to raise funds for Paralympics Ireland, you can create your online fundraising page for these events and many other local and national eventsÂ taking place in 2013. You can also donate on a regular or one-off basis here. Charity of the Year If you wish to be a corporate donor of Paralympics Ireland, we can provide fundraising tips, ideas and support to ensure you get the most out of the partnership. Choosing Paralympics Ireland as your â€śOfficial Charityâ€ť could be a great way to engage your workforce and build morale. For more information on supporting Paralympics Ireland, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.