Preparations for August’s staging of the Allianz European Para Swimming Championships moved a step closer yesterday with the naming of the eight person squad to represent Ireland.
This will be the first time ever that Ireland will host a major International Para sporting event.
The action will take place at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre from August 13th-19th.
The Ireland team announced yesterday at Swords Castle includes Rio Paralympics Bronze medal winner, Ellen Keane, Patrick Flanagan, Ailbhe Kelly, Barry McClements, Jonathan McGrath, Sean O’Riordan, James Scully and Nicole Turner.
The team was also named for the European Para Athletics Championships which will see a 10 person Irish team compete for podium places in Berlin, starting the day after the swimming concludes.
Niamh McCarthy, Orla Barry and Noelle Lenihan will all compete in the discus. Greta Streimikyte and David Leavy will race in the 1500m with Jordon Lee making his European Championships debut in the High Jump. Patrick Monahan will compete in the 1500m and Paul Keoghan will hope to produce his best in the 200m.
Team Ireland’s swim team will now leave for a training camp in Portugal as they fine tune their preparations for Dublin 2018 which will begin in less than 50 days.
“We are delighted to announce the squads for the European Para Swimming and Athletics Championships,” said Paralympics Ireland president John Fulham.
“We believe that the two squads are ready to compete very well for European glory. These are two important events for our athletes as they all look to Tokyo 2020 which is coming around very quickly.”
“Hosting the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Dublin is a great boost to para sports in Ireland.”
“This is an opportunity to put para sports on a pedestal and to give young, budding Paralympians the opportunity to come and see their role models compete in person. I believe our squad of swimmers are a great combination of experience and potential that will give our country something to be really proud of this Summer.”
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