Kingspan has expanded it’s Irish sports portfolio with a new deal to partner with para athlete Donnacha McCarthy as he aims to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
McCarthy, who is completely blind and competes in para-triathlons, is aiming to become just the second Irish para-triathlete to compete in the Paralympic Games.
He has only been competing in para-triathlons since 2017 but in that short time has already won national titles in 2018 and 2019.
He was also named 2019 Para Athlete of the Year by Triathlon Ireland, and was a bronze medallist in the 2018 World Paratriathlon Cup. He lost his sight aged just 10 following a battle with leukaemia and now competes with the support of his guide – Brian McCrystal. The pair are tethered for the running and swimming parts of a race and use a tandem bike for the cycling section.
The Olympic hopeful will be stepping up his training over the coming months in a bid to book his spot among the Irish contingent for the Summer games, beginning in August this year.
“I’m really pleased that Kingspan is supporting me in my Paralympic goal,” said McCarthy.
“With a rigorous training and competition programme over the coming months it’s reassuring to know I have their support in the background, allowing me to focus on qualifying and getting on that plane to Tokyo.”
“Donnacha is a superb athlete who delivers the type of high performance Kingspan is eager to support,” added CEO Gene Murtagh.
“His story is inspiring, competing in a hugely challenging discipline and maintaining his focus on qualifying for the Tokyo games. We’re looking forward to keeping track of Donnacha’s progress through the qualification events and sincerely hope to see him succeed in Tokyo come August.”
Kingspan have a strong history of supporting some of the biggest and highest performing names in Irish sport, with golfers Shane Lowry and Leona Maguire, Ulster Rugby and Cavan GAA among the teams and stars to wear the Kingspan logo at events and competitions around the globe.
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