Paralympics Ireland Double Step on Road to Tokyo

Paralympics Ireland have today signed an agreement with Narita City to host the Team Ireland Holding Camp before the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo next August.

Team Ireland will arrive in Narita on the 11th of August and spend a week in the city to recover from the long journey and acclimatise to the Tokyo weather.

Narita is situated one hours drive or 60km to the North West of Tokyo. The team will be staying in the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel and will train at the Nakadia Sports Centre while the swimmers will train at the Chiba International Swimming Pool.

Narita City General Manager Katsuji Shimizu was at the Sport Ireland Campus where he joined Paralympics Ireland CEO, Miriam Malone to sign the official agreement.

“Narita City will be a fantastic home city for Team Ireland at a crucial stage of our Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games preparation,” said Denis Toomey, Chef de Mission for Team Ireland at the 2020 Paralympic Games.

“Narita have been superb to work with to date and have been incredibly accommodating. I would like to thank Katusji Shimizu and his delegation for coming to Dublin this week and I am very much looking forward to bringing Team Ireland to Narita next August.”

Separately today Paralympics Ireland has also announced a formal agreement with the Sport Ireland Institute that will see both organisations work together in partnership to support the para athletes on their journey to Tokyo 2020.

As part of the agreement the Sport Ireland Institute will provide services to Irish Para Athletes and Team Ireland and will also provide sports science and medical support staff as part of the Irish Paralympic team that travels to next year’s games.

Sport Ireland Institute staff will form a major part of the Paralympics Ireland Sports Science and Medical team at the Games.

Alan Swanton will provide performance analysis solutions, Emma Saunders will provide performance life skills support, David Tobin will be the nutritionist with the team, Noel Murphy will be the strength and conditioning support and Ciara Sinnott O’Connor will be the team’s performance physiologist.

“We are delighted to formalise this partnership with the Sport Ireland Institute that has been of great support to Paralympics Ireland for the past number of years,” said Miriam Malone, CEO of Paralympics Ireland.

“We are delighted to have signed a formal partnership with Paralympics Ireland to provide performance support services for Tokyo 2020,” added Liam Harbison, CEO of the Sport Ireland Institute.

“We are also pleased to have five our team from the Sport Ireland Institute appointed to the Irish Paralympic Team for Tokyo.”

“We look forward to supporting the athletes and their support teams in the build up to what promises to be a fantastic Paralympic Games. We wish them all the very best of luck in their efforts to qualify for and at the Games.”

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