2016 IPC ATHLETICS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, ITALY
Jun
10
Jun 16

2016 IPC ATHLETICS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, ITALY

The 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships, the last major opportunity for athletes to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, will be held in Grosseto, Italy. Featuring around 700 athletes from nearly 40 countries, the competition will be held at the Carlo Zecchini Olympic Stadium, a top-rated venue that has staged several IPC Athletics Grand Prix meetings in the past.


Event Schedule

(All times are local)

(All times are local)


Results

Day 1 - Saturday, June 11th

Ireland's Deirdre Mongan got the Irish squad's Europeans off to a great start when she secured bronze in the F53/54 Shot Put final early on Saturday morning. 

You can read the full report here.

Day 2 - Sunday, June 12th

Noelle Lenihan won gold for Ireland and set a new World Record in the F38 Discus final with a fantastic throw of 32.14m on her first attempt. 

Conor McIlveen finished 6th in the 1,500m final in a time of 4.45.89.

Heather Jameson received a NM (no mark) in the T37 Long Jump final after foul jumps. 

Full report on Day 2's action here

Day 3 - Monday, June 13th

Orla Barry wins gold for Ireland in the F57 Discus final with a fantastic Personal Best throw of 31.18m. 

Read the full report here

Day 4 - Tuesday, June 14th

Paul Keogan will not be competing for Ireland today. He has been withdrawn from his race due to medical reasons. 

Day 5 - Wednesday, June 15th

Niamh McCarthy has won silver for Ireland in the F40/41 Discus final. She threw an incredible Personal Best distance of 27.05m to set a new European record. 

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IPC EUROPEAN OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS, MADEIRA
May
1
May 7

IPC EUROPEAN OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS, MADEIRA

Featuring around 450 athletes from 50 countries, the event is organised locally by the Portuguese Swimming Federation. It will be the last major competition ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and is being run as an Open to give athletes as many opportunities as possible to qualify.


Event Schedule

Keep up to date with all of the heats and finals as they happen via our Twitter account here.  Daily schedule below: 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
50m Freestyle
Barry McClements
200m IM
Nicole Turner
200m Freestyle
James Scully
100m Fly
Jonathan McGrath
50m Freestyle
Nicole Turner
100m Backstroke
Barry McClements
400m Freestyle
Barry McClements
50m Freestyle
Ellen Keane
100m Backstroke
Barry McClements
100m Freestyle
Nicole Turner
200m IM
Barry McClements
50m Breaststroke
James Scully
100m Breaststroke
Jonathan McGrath
50m Fly
Nicole Turner
100m Freestyle
Jonathan McGrath
100m Backstroke
Ellen Keane
100m Fly
Barry McClements
200m IM
Ellen Keane
100m Backstroke
Jonathan McGrath
100m Breaststroke
Ellen Keane
50m Freestyle
Jonathan McGrath
100m Freestyle
Ailbhe Kelly
400m Freestyle
Jonathan McGrath
100m Fly
Ellen Keane
100m Breaststroke
Nicole Turner
100m Backstroke
Ailbhe Kelly
100m Freestyle
James Scully
50m Freestyle
Ailbhe Kelly
400m Freestyle
Ailbhe Kelly
200m IM
Jonathan McGrath
100m Freestyle
Barry McClements
400m Freestyle
Nicole Turner
50m Freestyle
James Scully
200m IM
Ailbhe Kelly

Summary/Results

Day 1

Barry McClements - 50m Freestyle S9 Heats: 30.07 (Personal Best)

Ellen Keane - 50m Freestyle S0 Heats: 31.24

Jonathan McGrath -  100m Freestyle S8 heat:  1.07.73 (Season Best)

Ailbhe Kelly -  100m Freestyle S8 heat: 1.19.03 (Personal Best - qualified for final)

Full summary here.

Day 2

Nicole Turner scooped a silver medal for Ireland today when she swam home in a PB time of 3.14.41 to claim the silver medal in the 200m IM SM6..

Unfortunately, there was disappointment for Ireland’s Jonathan McGrath who was hoping to achieve the Rio Qualifying time in the Men’s 400m Freestyle S8 Final, but missed out on the time when he finished in 4.54.56.

Read the full summary here

Day 3

Another strong day in the pool from Irish swimmers saw James Scully, Ellen Keane, Nicole Turner and Ailbhe Kelly all reach the finals of their respective events, with PBs from Turner and Kelly. 

You can read the full summary here

Day 4

Teen sensation Nicole Turner scooped her second silver medal of the week this evening in the 100m Breaststroke SB6 this evening, tipping home  in a fantastic Personal Best time of 1.46.29.

Also swimming in the finals this evening was Dubliner Ellen Keane, who featured in the 200m Individual Medley SM9, and tipped home in a time of 2.43.50 to secure sixth place in Europe.

You can read the full summary of the day here. 

Day 5

Three fantastic Personal Best times from Dubliner Ailbhe Kelly, 14-year-old Barry McClements and Laois swimmer Nicole Turner today have rounded off another hugely successful day for the Irish swim team. Turner – who has secured two silver European medals already this week – was first to hit the water for Ireland in the finals this evening, competing in the Women’s 50m Freestyle S6. and securing a Personal Best time of 36.27.

Ailbhe Kelly also emerged from the pool beaming this evening, after she swam a Personal Best time of 1.26.97 in the final of the Women’s 100m Backstroke S8. Also in the finals for Ireland this evening was Jonathan McGrath, who swam home in a time of 1.19.40 in the 100m Backstroke S8. Earlier on in the day, 14-year-old Barry McClements also secured a fantastic new Personal Best time in the Men’s 100m Freestyle S9 heat in a time of 1.03.70.

Read the full summary here.

Day 6 & 7

Full summary here.

 

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CP FOOTBALL PRE-PARALYMPIC TOURNAMENT, SPAIN
Apr
30
May 7

CP FOOTBALL PRE-PARALYMPIC TOURNAMENT, SPAIN

The IFCPF Pre-Paralympic Tournament is the last official test for the national teams who get qualication for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 

Ireland has been selected in Group B for the tournament alongside Brazil (World gold medallists 2015), Great Britain and the USA. 

Also competing at the competition are Group A teams: Argentina, the Netherlands and the Ukraine.


Event Schedule

Ireland 0 v Brazil 1 (Day 1, May 1st)

Ireland faced Brazil in the first game of the group stages on Sunday afternoon, May 1st. Brazil took control early on, driving into a 2-0 lead before the break. A strong display from Ireland in the second half kept Brazil's attacks to a minimum though but unfortunately, somewhat against the run of play, Brazil drilled home a third and final goal to win 3-0. You can read the full report here

Ireland 1 v Great Britain 3 (Day 2)

There was major disappointment for the Irish CP Football squad on Monday evening as the side suffered their second defeat of the CP Football Pre-Paralympic Games tournament in Salou at the hands of near-neighbours, Great Britain.

A decent first half saw the boys in green keep the GB attack at bay, and solid performances from Conor Tuite and Luke Evans kept Ireland in touch at the break as they went in trailing 1-0. However, the second half saw Great Britain step it up, and though Luke Evans scored a cracking goal for Ireland, Great Britain had the edge and drilled home two more goals to take the win on a final scoreline of 3-1. You can read the full report here

Ireland 5 v The USA 0

A hat trick from Ireland’s Dillon Sheridan in their third group game clash against the USA  sent the boys in green on the road to a comprehensive 5-0 victory this evening.

The talented footballer drilled home his first to the net just before half time to leave it 1-0 at the break, but a goal frenzy from the Irish team saw them net four more goals in the second half as Sheridan (2), Darragh Snell and Tom Badun all found the target to see them stroll to an easy win. The side will face Argentina on Thursday. You can read the full report here

Closing games

Ireland went on to defeat Argentina 3-0, before finishing with another game against the USA on Saturday, May 7th, which they won 4-1 to finish fifth overall (behind Ukraine, Brazil, the Netherlands and Great Britain).

A full summary of both games is available here and here. 

The official draw for Rio was also made, with Ireland drawn against Ukraine, Brazil and Great Britain in Group A. Read all about it here


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2016 PARACYCLING TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ITALY
Mar
17
Mar 20

2016 PARACYCLING TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ITALY

For the second time, the UCI Para-Cycling World Championships will take place in Italy. The Fassa Bortolo Velodrome in Montichiari will be the epicenter of the best athletes with visual and physical impairment competing for the World title. This will be the last track event that will award points for the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.


Event Schedule

The competition schedule will be updated each day during the event. 

Day One Summary

Silver and Bronze for Lynch and Clifford

Colin Lynch and Eoghan Clifford each secured medals on the first day of the Para-Cycling Track World Championships with two great performances on Thursday evening. 

Lynch won silver following a race-off against Canada's Tristen Chernove in the final, while Clifford secured bronze on the day. Full details here.

Day Two Summary

Irish tandem para-cyclists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal finished in fourth place this afternoon in the bronze medal ride-off in the WB 3km Pursuit at the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.

The pair went head-to-head with Great Britain in the race after securing a fourth fastest time of 3.35.924 in the qualifiers this morning and headed into the final with just 0.15 seconds between the bikes.

Earlier on, the new male tandem pairing of Peter Ryan and Sean Hahessy finished ninth overall in the MB 4km Pursuit qualifiers, putting in a fantastic performance to shave 10 seconds off their previous Personal Best. Their time of 4.21.359 is an Irish best time at sea level, and bodes well for the relatively new pairing in their first major championships together.

Day Three Summary

Women's tandem duo Eve McCrystal and Katie-George Dunlevy finished 10th in the TT today with a sea level PB of 1.12.778. Meanwhile, the men's tandem pairing of Peter Ryan and Sean Hahessy finished in 17th position with a time of 1.06.36, which was just outside the Irish record, in the MB 1km TT.

Day Four (final day) Summary

Earlier today, Ireland’s Eoghan Clifford secured fifth place in the MC1-2-3 Scratch Race. Clifford, who was the defending world champion, raced in the final of the event with team mate Colin Lynch who finished in 13th position. The pair qualified for the final on Friday.

Also in action today were the male tandem pairing of Peter Ryan and Sean Hahessy and the female tandem of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal, the latter breaking the national record in the qualifying 200m with a time of 12.259. This netted a 6th place finish for the women, with Ryan and Hahessy finishing in 17th overall. 

You can read more about the competition here, including quotes from the athletes. 


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IPC SHOOTING WORLD CUP, THAILAND
Mar
15
Mar 18

IPC SHOOTING WORLD CUP, THAILAND

This IPC Shooting World Cup in Thailand is the final stop on the Rio 2016 qualification calendar. Irish athlete Phillip Eaglesham will compete in Bangkok in the hopes of achieving an MQS. 

You can find more details on his events and how he performed below, while if you would like to get involved with Paralympic shooting, you can find out more information here.


Event Schedule

Date Athlete Event Heat/Final Result
14/03 Opening Ceremony
15/03 Phillip Eaglesham R4 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle Heat
Phillip Eaglesham R4 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle Final - if qualifies
18/03 Phillip Eaglesham R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone Heat
Phillip Eaglesham R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone Final - if qualifies
Closing Ceremony

Day One Summary

(March 15th: R4 Mixed 10m Air Rifle)

With a good training session put in on Monday afternoon, Phillip was geared up to kick off competition on Tuesday morning in the Mixed 10m Air Rifle event. He put in a great performance on the day, to secure a Personal Best in the competition and to finish in 14th place. 

This event has teed him up nicely for his main event on Friday, where he will compete in the R5 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed event. In the meantime, he will have a short rest period today, before heading back to the training ground to prepare for Friday. 

Day Two Summary

(March 18th: R5 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed Event)

There were big celebrations for Irish Paralympic shooter Phillip Eaglesham today as he put in a hugely successful performance at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Thailand to achieve his second Rio MQS in the R5 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed event.

Despite a tough opening ten shots, Phillip dug deep to put in the performance required for a MQS and finished strong to make it over the line comfortably. 

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