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

 

Solid opening day for Irish Paracyclists at Track Worlds


Day one of the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands saw all four Irish bikes in action, competing in the 1km Time Trial.

Solid riding against sprint specialists saw the Irish riders finish in the middle of the field, with the female tandem of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal in 8th place, Colin Lynch and Eoghan Clifford both finishing in 9th place, and the male tandem of Peter Ryan and Damien Shaw finishing in 12th place.

The focus event for the Irish riders is the Individual Pursuit, and tomorrow will see Lynch and Clifford setting their sights on top performances.


In the 1km Time Trial the pairing of Tipperary’s Ryan and Shaw was particularly impressive in the men’s tandem event, finishing in a personal best time of 1.06.323. Shaw previously piloted James Brown at the Paralympic Games to a bronze medal win in the Time Trial, and in 2013 first paired up with Ryan, a former GAA player, for the Road World Championships, before taking a break from Paracycling until this track season.

The female tandem finished with a time of 1.13.579, with 0.1 seconds separating 6th – 8th place. Lynch also rode strongly to finish in a time of 1.19.83. Galway based Clifford burst onto the scene in 2014 to win both the Road and Time Trial World Titles at the World Championships in Greenville, USA, finished 9th in a time of 1.15.448, and will be one to watch in the Individual Pursuit tomorrow.


Coach Neill Delahaye was happy with the first day of racing at the World Championships, and saw it as a good opener leading into the target individual pursuit events; “the pursuit is usually first up, so it was a good opportunity to get that out today as a practise run. Tomorrow is the big focus this week for the two lads, and the Saturday for the tandems. Today everyone performed well, Colin was technically smooth, Katie is just back from injury, and Peter and Damien knock a fair chunk off the time they did in Newport in February. Eoghan got a PB in his event, the kilo was always going to be a challenging event, but if you can hit a PB in a non-target event, it shows you are in good shape.”

This weekend is very important for picking up points for qualification for the Paralympic Games in Rio. Delahaye said “There are not a whole load of Para events, so the world championships are of big importance, and you can see that people are picking up their game for Rio.”


Tomorrow will see Lynch competing in the Men’s C2 3km Individual Pursuit and Clifford in the Men’s C3 3km Individual Pursuit, both will compete in the qualifiers in the morning, with the top four times contesting medals later in the day. Competition begins in the Apeldoorn Velodrome on Thursday 26th March and will continue until Sunday the 29th March, with all competitions taking place during the day.

PROVISIONAL Competition Schedule – Irish team at UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
(All times quoted are Irish time; approximate and schedule may be subject to change)

Day 1 – Thursday 26th March 2015 Results
10.15am Colin Lynch M C2 1km Time Trial  9 – 1.19.83
10.45am Eoghan Clifford M C3 1km Time Trial 9 – 1.15.448
4.40pm Dunlevy & McCrystal W B 1 km Time Trial 8 – 1.13.566
5.20pm  Ryan & Shaw M B 1km Time Trial 12 – 1.06.323
Day 2 – Friday 27th March 2015 
11.25am Colin Lynch M C2 3km Individual Pursuit Qualifiers 
12.25pm Eoghan Clifford M C3 3km Individual Pursuit Qualifiers 
4pm Colin Lynch M C2 3km Individual Pursuit Final 
4.20pm Eoghan Clifford 1. M C3 3km Individual Pursuit Final 
Day 3 – Saturday 28th March 2015 
8am Dunlevy & McCrystal W B 3km Individual Pursuit Qualifiers 
9am Ryan & Shaw M B 4km Individual Pursuit Qualifiers 
6.25pm Dunlevy & McCrystal W B 3km Individual Pursuit Finals 
7.00pm Ryan & Shaw M B 4km Individual Pursuit Finals 
Day 4 – Sunday 29th March 2015 
7.30am Colin Lynch
Eoghan Clifford M C1-2-3 Scratch Race Qualification 
3pm Colin Lynch
Eoghan Clifford M C1-2-3 Scratch Race Finals

 

 

 



 

All Irish Bikes in Action on Day One at Track Worlds

Racing kicks off with the 1km Time Trial events for the Irish Paracycling Team today (Thursday) at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

First on the track for Ireland will be Colin Lynch in the Men’s C2 1km TT, followed by Eoghan Clifford in the Men’s C3 1km race.  In the afternoon the two tandems will be in action, with Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal competing in the Women’s B 1km TT and the new pairing of Peter Ryan and Damien Shaw competing in the Men’s B 1km TT.

This year Ireland’s six person team will be a competitive one, competing in four bikes across ten events. The Championships run from Thursday 26th March until Sunday 29th March.


The 1km Time Trial is a race against the clock over 4 laps of the 250m track. There are no qualification rounds in this event, and the fastest three bikes in a category win the medals.

On Friday Lynch and Clifford will then compete in the Individual Pursuit, a focus event for all riders. For this there will be qualification rounds, with the fastest two contesting the gold medal in the finals, and the next fastest two contesting bronze.

Saturday will see the tandems compete in the Individual Pursuit, and on Sunday Lynch and Clifford will round up the World Championships competing in the Men’s C1-2-3 Scratch Race.


The Irish Para-cycling team is a progressive squad on the cycling scene, with new competitors breaking through each year, and competition to make the team for the major events tough.

Coach Neill Delahaye is looking forward to next week’s Championships saying “The team selection this year was more competitive than ever, a lot of hard work was put in during training camps since December and we are in a strong position now to deliver our best performance. Everyone has the work done and we are looking forward to the competition.”


Competition begins in the Apeldoorn Velodrome on Thursday 26th March and will continue until Sunday the 29th March, with all competitions taking place during the day.

Irish Team for 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships

Eoghan Clifford, MC3 Individual Pursuit, MC3 Kilo TT, MC1-3 Scratch Race, from Galway Bay CC, Co. Galway
Colin Lynch, MC2 Individual Pursuit, MC2 Kilo TT, MC1-3 Scratch Race, from Cheshire in England
Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal, WB Individual Pursuit, WB Kilo TT, Dunlevy from Maidenhead in England, McCrystal from Dundalk, Co. Louth
Peter Ryan & Damien Shaw, MB Individual Pursuit, MB Kilo TT, Ryan from Drombane, Co. Tipperary, Shaw from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Manager/Coach Neill Delahaye
Mechanic Gerry Beggs
Physio Johnny Loughrey
Team Manager Tommy McGowan

PROVISIONAL Competition Schedule – Irish team at UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships


(All times quoted are Irish time; approximate and schedule may be subject to change)

Day 1 – Thursday 26th March 2015 Results
10.15am Colin Lynch M C2 1km Time Trial  
10.45am Eoghan Clifford M C3 1km Time Trial 
4.40pm Dunlevy & McCrystal W B 1 km Time Trial 
5.20pm  Ryan & Shaw M B 1km Time Trial


Day 2 – Friday 27th March 2015 
11.25am Colin Lynch M C2 3km Individual Pursuit Qualifiers 
12.25pm Eoghan Clifford M C3 3km Individual Pursuit Qualifiers 
4pm Colin Lynch M C2 3km Individual Pursuit Final 
4.20pm Eoghan Clifford 1. M C3 3km Individual Pursuit Final


Day 3 – Saturday 28th March 2015 
8am Dunlevy & McCrystal W B 3km Individual Pursuit Qualifiers 
9am Ryan & Shaw M B 4km Individual Pursuit Qualifiers 
6.25pm Dunlevy & McCrystal W B 3km Individual Pursuit Finals 
7.00pm Ryan & Shaw M B 4km Individual Pursuit Finals


Day 4 – Sunday 29th March 2015 
7.30am Colin Lynch
Eoghan Clifford M C1-2-3 Scratch Race Qualification 
3pm Colin Lynch
Eoghan Clifford M C1-2-3 Scratch Race Finals

About Classification in Paralympic Sport: Classification is a unique and integral part of Paralympic sport. It provides the structure to separate athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups, or classes as they are commonly known, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another, and ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.

In para-cycling there are fourteen classifications based on functional disability type. B refers to the tandems, where the stoker is blind or visually impaired, and the pilot is sighted. H represents the handcycling events, and C refers to cyclists on regular, but adapted, solo bikes, who may have cerebral palsy, limb impairments and amputations. In these events the categories have numbers denoting the level of impairment, the lower numbers the more severe the impairments and the higher less so.

 

 

Irish team of eight to compete at British Para-Swimming International Meet


A team of eight Irish swimmers flew out to Glasgow this morning to compete in their first major International meet this year. The event is one of the largest open competitions for Para Swimming and attracts many international teams.


2014 European Double Bronze medallist James Scully is 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 are joined by emerging talents Ailbhe Kelly, Nicole Turner and Patrick Flanagan.


The four day meet is a key qualification meet for this year’s IPC World Championships, which will also take place in Tollcross from 13th – 19th July, so it gives the swimmers a chance to compete there before the main event.


Of the eight Irish swimmers competing this weekend Darragh McDonald, Jonathan McGrath and Patrick Flanagan are hoping to secure qualifying times for the World Championships this weekend to make them eligible for selection.


There will be a live feed on British Swimming’s You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/BritishSwimming/videos and you can also follow the news on @britishswimming and #BPSIM15

Irish Team for 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

 

 

Irish team announced for Paracycling Track World Championships


Irish team announced for UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands


Ireland has confirmed a strong competitive team for the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, which take place from the 26-29th March.

Entering four bikes across ten events, Ireland’s six person team will be a competitive one, comprising of current double road world champion in Eoghan Clifford, former track world champion in Colin Lynch, in addition to world silver medallists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal.

The new tandem pairing of Peter Ryan and Damien Shaw will be one to watch also, at the Paralympic Games in London Shaw piloted James Brown to a bronze medal win in the Men’s Time Trial.

The Championships run from Thursday 26th March until Sunday 29th March.

 All bikes will compete in the Pursuit, along with the Kilometre Time Trial. For the first time at a major championships Ireland will also field entries in the Scratch Race, with Clifford and Lynch competing in the same Men’s C1-3 event.


The Irish Para-cycling team is a progressive squad on the cycling scene, with new competitors breaking through each year, and competition to make the team for the major events tough. Coach Neill Delahaye is looking forward to next week’s Championships saying “The team selection this year was more competitive than ever, a lot of hard work was put in during training camps since December and we are in a strong position now to deliver our best performance. Everyone has the work done and we are looking forward to the competition.”


The Irish team is travelling from its pre-Championships base in Majorca to the Dutch track this weekend, where competition will begin next Thursday.

Follow all the news on @IreCyclingFed @ParalympicsIRE and @Paracycling2015

Irish Team for 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships

Eoghan Clifford, MC3 Individual Pursuit, MC3 Kilo TT, MC1-3 Scratch Race, from Galway Bay CC, Co. Galway

Colin Lynch, MC2 Individual Pursuit, MC2 Kilo TT, MC1-3 Scratch Race, based in Cheshire in England.


Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal, WB Individual Pursuit, WB Kilo TT, Dunlevy based in Maidenhead in England, McCrystal from Dundalk, Co. Louth


Peter Ryan & Damien Shaw, MB Individual Pursuit, MB Kilo TT, Ryan from Drombane, Co. Tipperary, Shaw from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Manager/Coach Neill Delahaye
Mechanic Gerry Beggs
Physio Johnny Loughrea
Team Manager Tommy McGowan


 

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