Dave Malone announced as Paralympic Performance Director

Dave, previously Performance Manager and Head of Paralympic Swimming at Paralympics Ireland since 2009, takes up the role after previous Performance Director Nancy Chillingworth left the organisation earlier this year. The Paralympic Performance Director leads the organisation’s sports department and is responsible for the strategic development and success of the High Performance Programme on the world stage and to put systems in place to ensure its sustainability.

Dave is widely recognised as one of Ireland’s most successful Paralympians having competed in four consecutive Paralympic Games; Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, the highlight winning a gold in the 100m Backstroke at Sydney where he also set a new world record that stood for over ten years. Dave also won silver in the same event in Atlanta and Athens and retired from competitive swimming after Beijing 2008.

2015 Rio & Uberlandia Recce

This weekend our Chef de Mission Denis Toomey, Performance Director Dave Malone & Acting Performance Assistant Hayley Burke will be travelling to our pre Games training base in Uberlandia, Brazil, and also Rio to compete a further recce.

We will be holding a familiarisation camp for a number of athletes across various sports in Uberlandia in August this year to road test our sports science and medicine systems and the pre-Games training facilities. The trio travel there to finalise all arrangements for that camp this week, and will then fly back to Rio for a site visit hosted by the Games Organising Committee.

British Para-Swimming International Meet Report

A team of eight Irish swimmers, led by team manager Hayley Burke and national coach Jim Laverty, flew out to Glasgow at the end of March to compete in their first major International meet this year. The event was one of the largest open competitions for Para Swimming and attracts many international teams.

2014 European Double Bronze medallist James Scully was joined by London Paralympic medallist Darragh McDonald, 2013 World Bronze medallists Ellen Keane and Laurence McGivern and fellow London Paralympian Jonathan McGrath.These five senior athletes were joined by emerging talents Ailbhe Kelly, Nicole Turner and Patrick Flanagan.

The four day meet was taking place take place in Tollcross; the same venue as the 2015 IPC World Championships which are set to run from 13th – 19th July, so it gave the swimmers who have qualified for those Worlds, and those still hoping to, a chance to compete there before the main event.

Some of the highlight performances over the course of the weekend for the Irish included two personal best swims from Ailbhe Kelly in the 50m Freestyle and 100m backstroke. Jonathan McGrath, who trains out of Limerick High Performance Centre in UL swam his second fastest time ever in his main event; the 400m freestyle.

The stand out performances of the weekend came from the youngest member of the team, in what was essentially her first major international for Ireland; thirteen year old Nicole Turner. The Laois Marlins swimmer recorded personal bests (PBs) in five out of her six swims over the weekend, and secured a qualifying standard for the World Championships in the 50m Butterfly and went on to win a youth silver medal in the final of the same event.

The next competition on the horizon for these swimmers is the Long Course National Championships in the National Aquatic Centre at the beginning of May. After that the team selected for the IPC World Championships will travel to their warm weather training camp in Fuerteventura for ten days in June.

Irish Team, British International Swim Meet
Ellen Keane (National Aquatic Centre-NAC) S9 100m Butterfly,100m, 400m Freestyle, SM9 200m Individual Medley, SB8 100m Breaststroke
James Scully (National Aquatic Centre-NAC) S5 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle
Jonathan McGrath (UL High Performance Centre) S8 400mFreestyle, 100m Backstroke
Laurence McGivern (Invictus) S9 100m Backstroke
Darragh McDonald (UCD) S6 50m, 100m & 400m Freestyle
Ailbhe Kelly (National Aquatic Centre-NAC) S8 100m Backstroke, 50m, 100m, 400m Freestyle
Nicole Turner (Laois Marlins) SB5 100m Breaststroke, SM6 200m Individual Medley, S6 50m Butterfly, S6 400m Freestyle
Patrick Flanagan (Longford) S8 400m Freestyle, S8 100m Backstroke, S8 50m Freestyle, SB7 100m Breaststroke

Staff
Hayley Burke, Team Manager
Jim Laverty, National Head Coach
Mary Seery, Support Staff
Jon Faulkner, Physiotherapist
Ciara Sinnott O’Connor, Physiologist
Stephen McIvor, Sports Psychologist
James Divilly, Performance Analysist

Successful weekend for Irish at UCI Paracycling Track Worlds

A gold medal on the final day from Galway’s Eoghan Clifford was the highlight of a super weekend of racing at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships from March 26th – 29th 2015.

Clifford, who was competing in his debut Track World Championships having joined the Irish team last year, impressed hugely in the Scratch race on the final day emerging on top after the sixty lap test. Team mate

Colin Lynch who was also competing in the C1-3 Scratch race unluckily suffered a puncture on the closing laps so was unable to finish.

The world title won by Clifford was in addition to the bronze medal he won on the second day of the Championships in the Individual Pursuit.

The female tandem of Katie George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal also took Individual Pursuit bronze on the third day of the Championships beating the British tandem in the ride off on the line by .101 of a second.

Colin Lynch finished fourth in the C2 Individual Pursuit having made the bronze medal ride-off. In the men’s tandem new pairing of Peter Ryan and pilot Damien Shaw finished eighth in the Individual Pursuit.

All four Irish bikes also competed in 1km time trial events on the opening day of the Championships with the women’s tandem the best of the four finishing eighth.

The team, led by Irish coach Neill Delahaye, will now shift their focus to the roads with the UCI World Cup series in Italy, Switzerland and Germany next on the horizon, ahead of the UCI Road World Championships which are set for Switzerland ffrom July 28th – August 2nd.

20 Paralympic Athletics supported by ISC International Carding Scheme


The Irish Sports Council yesterday announced details of the 2015 International Carding Scheme. A total of €1.57million was announced in direct athlete funding.

Twenty Paralympic athletes feature on the funding list in addition to the pilot riders on the tandem bikes. Eleven of those athletes are funded at the highest ‘podium’ level.


The direct financial assistance is complemented by the access the athletes have to sports science, medicine and lifestyle services through the Irish Institute of Sport.


Welcoming the investment on behalf of the Paralympic athletes supported, Paralympics Ireland CEO Liam Harbison said; “We welcome the continued support of the ISC and it’s particularly good to see the ongoing top class medal performance of Paralympic athletes reflected in the fact that over half of the podium awards are for Paralympic athletes.  This support is vital as the athletes seek to secure qualification for Rio 2016 this year”.

Name

Sport

Category

Award

Patrick O’Leary

Canoeing

World Class

€20,000

Colin Lynch

Cycling

Podium

€40,000

Mark Rohan

Cycling

Podium

€40,000

Katie-George Dunlevy

Cycling

Podium

€30,000

Eoghan Clifford

Cycling

Podium

€20,000

Enda Smyth

Cycling

International

€3,000

Tandem Pilot Athletes

Cycling

 

€30,000

Michael McKillop

Athletics

Podium

€40,000

Jason Smyth

Athletics

Podium

€40,000

Orla Barry

Athletics

Podium

€40,000

Deirdre Mongan

Athletics

International

€6,000

John McCarthy

Athletics

International

€12,000

Lorraine Regan

Athletics

International

€12,000

Ellen Keane

Swimming

Podium

€40,000

Darragh McDonald

Swimming

Podium

€40,000

Laurence McGivern

Swimming

Podium

€40,000

James Scully

Swimming

Podium

€40,000

Helen Kearney

Equestrian

International

€12,000

John Twomey

Sailing

International

€12,000

Ian Costelloe

Sailing

International

€12,000

Austin O’Carroll

Sailing

International

€12,000

Rena McCarron Rooney

Table Tennis

International

€12,000

 

 

 

TOTAL €553,000

 

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