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Team Ireland Media Guide
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           Paralympics Explained                                    04

           Irish Paralmypic History                                 07

           The road to Beijing                                      08

           Team Ireland                                             0

           Competition Schedule – Irish athletes                    80

           Paralympic Sport contacts                                92



contents   Media Services

           Next Generation – Paralions

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           PCI Official Supporters                                  96

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    Paralympics Explained
    Olympic style games for athletes with a physical               Since the 960’s, the development of sport
    disability were first held in Rome in 960. Today, the         for athletes with a disability has produced the
    Paralympics are elite sport events for athletes with           development of classification systems; and this
    physical and sensory disability. They emphasise the            continues to evolve to the present day.
    participants’ athletic achievements rather than their
    disability. Athletes are compete in various classes            The Paralympic movement has grown dramatically
    of competition, and are classified according to their          since its first days. The number of athletes
    disability.                                                    participating in Summer Paralympic Games has
                                                                   increased from 400 athletes from 2 countries in
    Classification is simply a structure for competition.          Rome in 960 to 4000 athletes from 5 countries set
    Not unlike wrestling, boxing and weightlifting, where          to compete in Beijing in 2008.
    athletes are categorized by weight classes, athletes
    with disabilities are grouped in classes defined by the        The Paralympic Games have always been held in the
    degree of function presented by the disability.                same year as the Olympic Games, and in recent times
                                                                   at the same venue. Since the Seoul 988 Paralympic
    Traditionally there are athletes who belong to six             Games and the Albertville 992 Winter Paralympic
    different disability groups in the Paralympic Movement:        Games they have also taken place at the same venues
    amputee, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, spinal             as the Olympic Games. In 200, an agreement was
    cord injuries, intellectual disability and a group             signed between IOC and IPC securing this practice for
    which includes all those that do not fit into the              the future and from the 202 bid process onwards,
    aforementioned groups (les autres).                            the host city chosen to host the Olympic Games will
                                                                   be obliged to also host the Paralympic Games. The
    Classes are determined by a variety of processes that          Chinese city of Beijing will host the 2008 Paralympic
    may include a physical and technical assessment and            Games and London will host the 202 Games.
    observation in and out of competition. The classes are
    defined by each sport and form part of the sport rules.        A total of ,0 media representatives including more
                                                                   than 68 broadcasters were present in Athens with a
    Classification is an ongoing process. When an athlete          total of 67 hours broadcasted in 25 countries. The
    starts competing, they are allocated a class that              Athens 2004 Paralympic Games were watched by a
    may be reviewed throughout the athlete’s career.               record number of viewers all over the world.
    Sports certify individuals to conduct the process
    of classification and these officials are known as
    classifiers.




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    Paralympic Sports
    Archery                                                         Irish Team Participation
    Athletics                                                       Irish Team Participation
    Boccia                                                          Irish Team Participation
    Cycling                                                         Irish Team Participation
    Equestrian                                                      Irish Team Participation
    Football 5-a-Side
    Football 7-a-Side                                               Irish Team Participation
    Goalball
    Judo
    Powerlifting
    Rowing
    Sailing                                                         Irish Team Participation
    Shooting
    Swimming                                                        Irish Team Participation
    Table Tennis                                                    Irish Team Participation
    Volleyball Sitting
    Wheelchair Basketball
    Wheelchair Fencing
    Wheelchair Rugby
    Wheelchair Tennis




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Irish Paralympic History
Ireland has a proud tradition at the Games, winning        Ireland has participated in every Summer Paralympic
four medals in Athens in 2004. The Paralympic Council      Games since their inauguration in 960. Ireland has
                                      ,
of Ireland (PCI) was founded in 987 initially as a        a very high pedigree in the International Paralympic
Coordination Committee for the Seoul Paralympics in        movement and has maintained its success in ever
988 and later to become the national representative       increasingly competitive environments. The Irish team
organisation for sanctioned events of the International    has increased in size from 40 in Sydney to 4 in Athens
Paralympic Committee (IPC). The PCI and is responsible     and numbers 45 for Beijing, participating in nine sports
for the preparation and management of the Irish team       as detailed below:
in the lead up to, and at, the Paralympic Games every
four year.                                                 » Athletics (Track & Field)

Paralympic athletes are supported and funded under         » Archery
the Irish Sports Council’s elite support systems with
approximately €.2million allocated in 2008.               » Equestrian dressage

The Paralympic Council of Ireland constituent members      » Swimming
include  disability specific multi sport organisations
(IWA-Sport, Irish Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport        » Cycling
Ireland) along with a number of mainstream national
governing bodies that are sport specific but cater for     » Boccia
multi disability (Cycling Ireland, Equestrian Federation
of Ireland, Irish Sailing Association, Tennis Ireland,     » Sailing (Sonar & Skud class)
Shooting Sports Association of Ireland, Irish Amateur
Rowing Union).                                             » 7-a-side Football (Cerebral Palsy Athletes Only)

                                                           » Table Tennis


                                                           Ireland’s Paralympic Medals Table

                                                              PARALYMPIC GAMES, IRISH MEDALS PER YEAR:
                                                              YEAR        GOLD       SILVER      BRONZE       TOTAL
                                                              2004          0                                     4
                                                              2000          5                                     9
                                                              996                                 6          0
                                                              992          0                       4              7




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    The road to Beijing
    On September 6th, 2008 as the Irish Team marches               Limerick. Athletes continued to perform with success
    into the Beijing “Birds Nest” Olympic Stadium, it will         including the world records from Jason Smyth and
    mark the final step on a long road. For some this will         Michael McKillop at the athletics World Championships
    be the last mile in a journey started many years ago,          in Holland. A further trip to Beijing resulted in the
    and for others, it is a milestone along a road yet to          optimum accommodation and training facilities being
    be travelled. But for each and every one of the team           secured for the 2007 and 2008 training camps whilst
    members, Beijing will be a pinnacle in their sporting          on the medical front, the Sports Science and Medical
    career, built on the foundations of effort, toil, anguish,     team for the Beijing cycle was put in place.
    belief and passion. As we watch out athletes live out
    their dreams on the field of play, we will be privy to the     2007 saw the announcement of the PCI sports panels
    fruits of great effort started many years previously.          and athletes continued with their preparations for
                                                                   Beijing. Preparations are meticulous by their very
    For the Paralympic Council of Ireland, the planning and        nature, the necessary sacrifice consuming every aspect
    preparation to deliver the best-prepared team for Beijing      of the athletes’ life. Goals for each are different and
    2008 began long before the Irish team for Athens 2004          individual. To some, it will be making the team, to others
    marched into the Greek Olympic Stadium. Supporting             it will be a personal best, a place in the final and for
    our athletes to chase their dream, the Beijing Trail laid      others, it may be taking the gold. Abraham Lincoln once
    down the standards and milestones that needed to be            said, “the best way to predict your future is to go out
    achieved in order for all to reach their goals.                and create it”. In creating their future, each athlete
                                                                   has planned and plotted the minute detail of each step
    Along with the implementation of the post Athens               towards their ultimate goal. The year was crucial as
    review recommendations, 2005 saw the appointment               the qualification period for Beijing began with the
    of Jimmy Byrne as Chef de Mission, putting in place            announcement of the relevant qualifying standards.
    a highly regarded leader whose experience would be
    pivotal in our preparations. The Athletes Commission           PCI continued their preparations with announcement
    group was established ensuring the athlete’s voice and         of O’Neills International Sportswear coming on board
    opinion was always represented and the first of many           as official sponsor and supplier of the Irish Team Kit
    visits to China took place to identify possible venues         for Beijing 2008 and London 202. The Beijing strategy
    for the teams acclimatisation and pre games holding            group announced the environmental and medical
    camp. With the ongoing support of the Irish Sports             strategies in April, coinciding with the PCI Domestic
    Council, athlete support continued in the form of the          Sports Camp again held in Limerick. Following a
    Interim Enhancement Programme and creation of the              summer of intensive competition, from August 2rd
    ParaPerform 08 athlete support structure that would            to September 2nd, Irish Sports Panels, both Athletes
    run up to and including Beijing 2008.                          and Staff, travelled to Beijing to the Pre Games Base
                                                                   Familiarisation Camp and experienced first hand
    2006 was a pivotal year in our athletes’ calendars,            the climate and training conditions they would face
    the year hosting many World Championships in                   the same time the following year. The camp was a
    respective sporting disciplines. With the appointment          tremendous success and was followed in November
    of the relevant Sports Managers positions, athletes            by the second PCI domestic training camp. December
    focussed on their preparations whilst the first PCI            2007 witnessed the announcement of selection criteria
    Domestic training camp of the Beijing cycle was held in        for each of the Paralympic Sporting disciplines.

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Competition and training continued for athletes,        our athletes will challenge the boundaries of our
primary focus resting on the achievement of the         expectations, allowing us to share their dream, and
qualification standards by the closing date of          experience the roller coaster ride of emotions that
June 2rd. Ongoing support of the ParaPerform           is Paralympic competition. The Paralympic Council
Programme ensured our athletes were afforded the        of Ireland is grateful for the continuing support
best support available in their quest. Administration   of the Irish Sports Council, O’Neills International
and contact with Beijing increased steadily as          Sportswear, sponsors and all volunteers who have
preparations continued at pace. The PCI Domestic        supported our athletes on the journey to China.
Training Camp was held once more in Limerick in         Fours years of meticulous preparation, training and
April and the final qualification period continued up   competing is now almost complete and with this in
until June 2rd with the Official Team announced on     mind, we welcome and encourage your support for
July 2nd. Forty-Five Athletes from 9 sports were        what we expect will be a truly spectacular festival of
successful in what is Ireland’s biggest team since      sporting achievement.
Atlanta 996.
                                                        Should you wish to send messages of support
On August 24th, the team led by Chef de Mission,        to the Irish Team, you can do so by e-mailing
Jimmy Byrne will travel to Beijing to the pre games     supporttheteam@pcireland.ie
training base and from September 6th-7th,




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     Archery
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Archery:
The goal of Archery is to shoot arrows accurately at a      Individual Competition
target marked with ten concentric rings, increasing in
point value the smaller and closer to the centre they       A qualification round occurs during the first two days of
become. A hit in the centre ring scores ten points and      competition. For individual competition all competitors
scoring zones decrease in value until the outer ring,       shoot 6 arrows at each of four distances shooting 44
which is worth one point.                                   arrows in total. The distances are dependent on the
                                                            athlete’s functional classification. ARW2 and Standing
In general outdoor competitions, the target is placed at    men shoot from distance of 90, 70, 50 and 0 meters,
different distances ranging from 0 meters to 90 meters,    while women and ARW men shoot from 70, 60, 50
however in Paralympic competition only a 70 meter           and 0 meters. For more information about the classes
distance is used. In indoor competitions, the distances     used for Archery, go to ‘Classification’.
are 8 meters and 25 meters. The size of the target also
varies with the distance. At the longer distances, it has   At the two longer distances each archer shoots a
a diameter of 22cm while at the 8 meter distance it is    group of six arrows (known as an ‘end’) within four
only 40cm.                                                  minutes at a 22cm wide target. At the short distances
                                                            (50m and 0m), each archer shoots an end of three
Archery competitions include both individual and team       arrows in two minutes at an 80cm wide target. The top
events. The format of the competition at World and          64 men and women in each division of the qualification
Regional Championships is as described below.               round proceed to the elimination rounds.

                                                            For the Elimination rounds, Archers are placed on an
                                                            elimination-pairing chart according to their standing
                                                            at the end of the qualification round. The only distance
                                                            is 70m for both men and women. The archers shoot
                                                            three ends of six arrows each (8 arrows in total) at a
                                                            22cm target, with four minutes to complete each end.
                                                            The winner of each pairing proceeds to the next round.
                                                            After the /2, /6 and /8 elimination rounds, the
                                                            field is reduced to eight archers in each division.

                                                            The eight winning archers go on to the Final round.
                                                            Each athlete shoots four ends of three arrows each
                                                            (2 arrows in total) on a separate target. During
                                                            final matches archers alternate their shots and each
                                                            archer has up to 40 seconds to shoot one arrow. The
                                                            competition continues through quarterfinals, semi-
                                                            finals and the final for Gold and glory.

                                                            In Paralympic Games the same format is used except
                                                            that the qualification round consists of 72 arrows and
                                                            competitions use a 70-meter distance for all classes.

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     Classification

     The archery classification system is divided into three different classes:

     Archery Standing (ARST): Archers in the Standing Class have no disabilities in the arms. The legs show some
     degree of loss of muscle strength, co-ordination and/or joint mobility. Archers in this class may choose to
     compete sitting in an ordinary chair with their feet on the ground or standing.

     Archery Wheelchair 1 (ARW1): Archers in the ARW class have a disability in their arms and legs (tetraplegia).
     They have limited range of movement, strength and control of their arms and poor or non-existing control of
     the trunk. The legs are considered non-functional, due to amputation and/or similar limitations of movement,
     strength and control. They compete in a wheelchair.

     Archery Wheelchair 2 (ARW2): Archers in the ARW2 class have paraplegia and limited mobility in the lower
     limbs. These athletes require a wheelchair for everyday use and compete in a wheelchair.

     At all major competitions, classification takes place prior to the competition in order to ensure that all new
     athletes are in the correct class and meet the minimum disability criteria.




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Sean Heary

FULL NAME                     Sean Martin Heary
Paralympic Sport/Discipline   Archery (Compound Bow)
Sports Classification         ARST
Age                           58
Place of Birth                Co. Meath,Ireland
Residence                     Navan,Co. Meath
Coach                         Hans Blum (Irish Team Coach) Jim Conroy (Personal
                              Coach)
Previous Paralympic Games     First Paralympic Games

Disability                    Scoliosis
Hobbies                       Watching sport on TV, playing guitar




Team Staff


James Conroy

FULL NAME                     James Conroy
Age                           65
Occupation                    Managing Director
Major Achievement             N/a
Previous Paralympic Games     First Paralympic Games
Career highlight              N/a
Education                     N/a
Team Role                     Team Manager - Archery




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     Athletics

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Athletics
The speed of a sprinter, the strength of a thrower, the   Classification
power of a jumper and the endurance of a distance
runner are what draw the crowds to Athletics. The         In Athletics, athletes from all of the disability
track and field events at the Paralympic Games attract    categories represented in the IPC compete:
the largest number of athletes and spectators. They
offer a wide range of competitions and the largest        » (a) Classes 11, 12 and 13 cover the different levels
number of events. Athletics has been part of the            of visual impairment.
Paralympic Games since 960 and events are open
to male and female athletes in all disability groups.     » (b) Class 20 covers athletes with an intellectually
Advances in technology and athletes’ dedication to          disability
the sport have made once unimaginable feats become
realities. Some compete in wheelchairs, others            » (c) Classes 32-38 cover athletes with different
with prostheses and athletes with blindness/visual          levels of cerebral palsy - both wheelchair (32 - 34)
impairment compete with the guidance of a sighted           and ambulant (35 - 38).
companion. Athletes compete according to their
functional classifications in each event and these        » (d) Classes 40-46 cover ambulant athletes
events are continually being redefined to include as        with different levels of amputations and other
many athletes as possible. Athletics includes:              disabilities, including les Autres (eg. dwarfism).

» Track events: sprint (100m, 200m, 400m), middle         » (e) Classes 51-58 cover wheelchair athletes
  distance (800m, 1500m), long distance (5,000m,            with different levels of spinal cord injuries and
  10,000m) and relay races (4x100m, 4x400m)                 amputations.

» Road event: Marathon

» Jumping events: High Jump, Long Jump and Triple
  jump

» Throwing events: Discus, Shot Put, Javelin

» Combined events: Pentathlon (track and road
  events, jumping events and throwing events,
  depending on the athletes’ classification).




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     Eoin Cleare

     FULL NAME                                 Eoin Thomas Cleare
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Athletics Shot Putt
     Sports Classification                     F2
     Age                                       6
     Place of Birth                            Birr, Co Offaly
     Residence                                 Shinrone
     Coach                                     Pat Furlong
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Previous World Championships              2006 Holland, 6th Place
     Disability                                Cerebral Palsy
     Hobbies                                   Music, Sport



     Jason Smyth

     FULL NAME                                 Jason Lloyd Smyth
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Athletics - 00m,200m
     Sports Classification                     T
     Age                                       20
     Place of Birth                            Derry
     Residence                                 Derry
     Coach                                     Stephen Maguire
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Previous World Championships              2006 Assen, Gold Medallist, World Record 00/200m
     Disability                                Visually Impaired




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Garrett Culliton

 FULL NAME                      Garrett Edward Culliton
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Athletics – Discus
 Sports Classification          F52
 Age                            8
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Clonaslee, Co. Laois
 Coach                          Pat Furlong/Jimmy Byrne
 Previous Paralympic Games      Atlanta, 996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
 Previous World Championships   Berlin 994, Birmingham 998, Lille 2002, Assen 2006 – Bronze
                                Medallist
 Disability                     Quadriplegia – Spinal Injury
 Hobbies                        Cinema, Computers, Sports



John McCarthy

 FULL NAME                      John Joseph McCarthy
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Athletics – Discus, Club
 Sports Classification          F5
 Age                            4
 Place of Birth                 Cork, Munster
 Residence                      Dublin
 Coach                          Jimmy Byrne / Pat Furlong.
 Previous Paralympic Games      2004, Athens, Silver Medallist
 Previous World Championships   2006, Assen, Bronze Medallist
 Disability                     Quadraplegia – Spinal Injury
 Hobbies                        Wheelchair Rugby, Rugby, Moto GP, Cinema




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     Roy Guerin

     FULL NAME                                 Roy Guerin
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Athletics – Wheelchair Track
     Sports Classification                     T5
     Age                                       
     Place of Birth                            Tralee
     Residence                                 Tralee
     Coach                                     Mairead Farquharson
     Previous Paralympic Games                 996 Atlanta, 6th 00m
     Previous World Championships              994 Berlin, 998 Birmingham, Bronse Medallist 00m
     Disability                                Spina Bifida



     Catherine Wayland

     FULL NAME                                 Catherine Wayland
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Athletics – Discus
     Sports Classification                     F5
     Age                                       2
     Place of Birth                            Wexford
     Residence                                 New Ross
     Coach                                     Pat Furlong
     Previous Paralympic Games                 2000 Sydney, 4th Position
     Previous World Championships              998 Birmingham, Gold Medallist, 2002 Lille, France
     Disability                                Les Autres
     Hobbies                                   Karaoke singing, meeting people, travel




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Orla Barry

FULL NAME                      Orla Marie Barry
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Athletics - Discus
Sports Classification          F57
Age                            8
Place of Birth                 Cork
Residence                      Ladysbridge, Cork
Coach                          Patrick Furlong / Eva Nagle
Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
Previous World Championships   2006 Assen, Holland
Disability                     Amputee



Patrice Dockery

FULL NAME                      Patrice Mary Dockery
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Athletics – Wheelchair Track 00, 200, 400
Sports Classification          T5
Age                            7
Place of Birth                 Dublin
Residence                      Dublin
Coach                          Mairead Farquharson
Previous Paralympic Games      Seoul 988, Barcelona 992, Atlanta 996, Sydney 2000 – 6th 5000m,
                               Athens 2004
Previous World Championships   Assen 990 – Silver Medallist, Berlin 994, Birmingham 998, Lille 2002,
                               Assen 2006
Disability                     Spina Bifida
Hobbies                        Cooking, Cinema




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     Lisa Callaghan

     FULL NAME                                 Lisa Callaghan
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Athletics – Javelin
     Sports Classification                     F7
     Age                                       24
     Place of Birth                            Drogheda
     Residence                                 Duleek, Co Meath
     Coach                                     Eamon Harvey
     Previous Paralympic Games                 2000 Sydney, 7th Place
                                               2004 Athens, 5th Place
     Previous World Championships              2006 Holland, Silver Medallist
     Disability                                Cerebral Palsy
     Hobbies                                   GAA, Swimming, Football



     Michael McKillop

     FULL NAME                                 Michael Gerard McKillop
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Athletics – 800m
     Sports Classification                     T7
     Age                                       8
     Place of Birth                            Ballymena
     Residence                                 Glengormley
     Coach                                     Paddy McKillop
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Previous World Championships              2006 Assen, Gold Medallist, World Record 800m
     Disability                                Cerebral Palsy
     Hobbies                                   Athletics, Golf, computer games




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Team Staff


Noel Brennan

FULL NAME                      Noel Brennan
Age                            5
Occupation                     Factory worker
Major Achievement              Coach at Seoul & Barcelona Paralympics
Previous Paralympic Games      988 Seoul, 992 Barcelona
Team Role                      Athletics Team Manager




Patrick Furlong

FULL NAME                      Patrick Joseph Furlong
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Athletics
Age                            6
Previous Paralympic Games      996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens
Previous World Championships   998 Birmingham, 2002 Lille, Assen 2006
Hobbies                        Badminton, Music, Walking, Travel.
Coaching Achievements          Coached Medallists in Atlanta, Athens and at World
                               Championships.
Team Role                      Wheelchair Field Coach




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     Mairead Farquharson

     FULL NAME                                 Mairead Aine Farquharson
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Athletics
     Age                                       6
     Place of Birth                            Dublin
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Previous Paralympic Games                 992 Barcelona, 996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004
                                               Athens
     Previous World Championships              994 Berlin, 998 Birmingham, 2002 Lille, 2006 Assen
     Hobbies                                   Gardening, reading and keeping fit.
     Coaching Achievements                     Coach at 4 Paralympic Games –Barcelona 92,Atlanta 96,Sydney
                                               2000,Athens 2004.
                                               Level  Coach
                                               NCTC Tutor
                                               Director of Sport for IWA-Sport
                                               NCTC Coach of the Year-HP Category 2000
                                               Irish Team Manager European Championships 200
     Team Role                                 Wheelchair Track Coach



     Stephen Maguire

     FULL NAME                                 Stephen Desmond Maguire
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Athletics
     Age                                       44
     Place of Birth                            Strabane
     Residence                                 Strabane
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Hobbies                                   Football, GAA, Reading
     Coaching Achievements                     Former Director of Coaching, Irish Athletics Coach of the Year 2006
     Team Role                                 Ambulant Track Coach




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Micheal Bergin

FULL NAME                   Michael Bergin
Age                         45
Occupation                  Care Assistant I.W.A.
Previous Paralympic Games   First Paralympic Games
Career highlight            Travelling with team and Beijing last year
Team Role                   Support Staff – Athletics



Rose McCoy

FULL NAME                   Rose McCoy
Age                         7
Occupation                  Manager of a Resource and Outreach Center
Previous Paralympic Games   2000 Sydney
Career highlight            Manager of a Resource and Outreach Center
                            CPSI field athletics coach
                            Treasure for CPSI
                            Part of the administration staff at the Sydney 2000
                            games (Table Tennis event)
                            Coaching sport to disadvantaged children
Education                   BA Hons Degree in Special Needs and Inclusion in Society and Sport
                            CIBTAC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Body Massage
                            Diploma in Sociology of Sport
                            Diploma in Sport and Leisure Management
Team Role                   Sport Support Athletics




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Eamon Harvey

 FULL NAME                      Eamon Joseph Harvey
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Athletics
 Age                            60
 Place of Birth                 Donegal
 Residence                      Donegal
 Previous Paralympic Games      996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens
 Previous World Championships   998 Birmingham, 2002 Lille, 2006 Assen
 Coaching Achievements          . Coach to 7 Irish Cross Country teams during the 990’s including
                                Catherina McKiernans 4 silver medal winning performances.
                                2. Coach to Irish team at World T/F in Gothenburg 995-Sonia O’Sullivan
                                wins 000m- athletes qualify for finals
                                . Coach to Irish team at Atlanta 996 Olympics
                                4. National Middle Distance Coach for 4 years in mid 990’s
                                5. I have coached numerous athletes to European and World levels
 Team Role                      Personal Coach - Lisa Callaghan (not resident in village)



Patrick McKillop

 FULL NAME                      Patrick Gerard McKillop
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Athletics
 Age                            4
 Place of Birth                 Belfast
 Residence                      Glengormley
 Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
 Hobbies                        Athletics, Golf, relaxing with family, watching sport
                                of any kind.
 Coaching Achievements          Coached teams to World schools championships, European champion
                                clubs cross-country championships, as well as many national club and
                                schools titles at various age groups.
                                Coach to current World Paralympic 800m champion (T7) and world
                                record holder, Michael McKillop.
 Team Role                      Personal Coach - Michael McKillop (not resident in village)
Boccia
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     Boccia
     A match consists of four ends in the individuals and           (d) Individual BC4
     pairs competitions and of six ends in the team division.
     Each end continues until both teams have played all of         (e) Pairs for players classified as BC
     their balls.
                                                                    (f) Pairs for players classified as BC4
     The match is started by throwing the white target ball
     or the “jack” into the playing area. The same player           (g) Team for players classified as BC and BC2
     also rolls the first Boccia ball as close as possible
     to the jack. The athletes use their hands, feet or an
     assistive device where required, to propel the balls.          Classification
     Thereafter the opposing team throws until they get a
     ball closer to the jack or until they have thrown all of       Players with cerebral palsy classified as CP or CP2
     their team’s balls. Play then returns to the first team.       athletes as well as athletes with other severe physical
     The end continues in this manner until both teams              disabilities (eg, muscular dystrophy) are eligible to
     have thrown all of their balls.                                compete in Boccia.

     In team competition, a playing rotation is maintained          Players are classified into four classes depending on
     throughout the game. Scoring is done at the                    their functional ability:
     conclusion of an end. One point is awarded for
     each ball that is closest to the jack and “inside” any         BC1: For both CP throwers and CP2 foot players.
     opponent’s ball. If two balls of the same colour are           Athletes may compete with the help of an assistant,
     closer to the jack than any of the balls of the opposing       who must remain outside the athlete’s playing box. The
     side, the first will receive two points. If two or more        assistant can only stabilize or adjust the playing chair
     balls of different colours are at the same distance            and give a ball to the player on his request.
     from the jack and there is no other ball closer to it,
     then each side receives one point per ball.                    BC2: For CP2 throwing players. Players are not
                                                                    eligible for assistance.
     After the completion of all ends, the individual, pair or
     team with the highest total score is declared winner.          BC3: For players with a very severe physical disability.
     If the scores of both teams are equal, a tiebreak              Players use an assistive device and may be assisted by
     consisting of one additional end is played.                    a person, who will remain in the player’s box but who
                                                                    must keep his/her back to the court and eyes averted
     Both male and female competitors are included in each          from play.
     of seven divisions of play. The divisions are:
                                                                    BC4: For players with other severe physical
     (a) Individual BC                                             disabilities. Players are not eligible for assistance.

     (b) Individual BC2

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Gabriel Shelly

 FULL NAME                      Gabriel Thomas Shelly
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Boccia - BC Mixed Individual / BC/BC2 Mixed Team
 Sports Classification          BC
 Age                            9
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Kilkenny
 Coach                          Jacquie Connolly
 Previous Paralympic Games      996 Atlanta, 5th Position; 2000 Sydney, Gold Medallist
                                2004 Athens, 0th Position
 Previous World Championships   990 Assen, Bronze Medallist Team; 994 England, 6th Position; 998
                                New York, 5th Position; 2004 Portugal, 0th Position; 2008 Brazil, 7th
                                Position
 Disability                     Cerebral Palsy
 Hobbies                        Fishing, Watching TV



Padraic Moran

 FULL NAME                      Padraic Ruairi Moran
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Boccia - BC Individual & BC/BC2 team
 Sports Classification          BC
 Age                            24
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Bray
 Coach                          Jacquie Connolly
 Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
 Previous World Championships   2006 Brazil, 0th place
 Disability                     Cerebral Palsy
 Hobbies                        Surfing the internet listening to music



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     Tom Leahy

     FULL NAME                                 Thomas Martin Leahy
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Boccia - BC2 Mixed Individual
                                               BC/BC Mixed Team
     Sports Classification                     BC2
     Age                                       50
     Place of Birth                            Cork
     Residence                                 Fermoy
     Coach                                     Jacquie Connolly
     Previous Paralympic Games                 984 New York, 988 Seoul, 992 Barcelona, 996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney,
                                               2004 Athens, (Athletics and Boccia)
     Previous World Championships              Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Berlin, U.K., Sydney, Argentina, France,
                                               Canada, New York. (Boccia)
     Disability                                Cerebral Palsy
     Hobbies                                   Painting, sports



     Roberta Connolly

     FULL NAME                                 Roberta (Bobbie) Louise Connolly
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Boccia – BC2 Mixed Individual, BC/2 Mixed Team
     Sports Classification                     BC2
     Age                                       0
     Place of Birth                            England
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Coach                                     Jacquie Connolly
     Previous Paralympic Games                 Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
     Previous World Championships              Argentina 999, Silver Medallist, New Zealand 200
     Disability                                Wheelchair User
     Hobbies                                   Cinema, Music


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Team Staff


Jacqueline Connolly

 FULL NAME                      Jacqueline Mary Connolly
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Boccia
 Age                            54
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Dublin
 Previous Paralympic Games      2004 Athens
 Previous World Championships   2005 Brazil
 Hobbies                        Golf, sewing
 Coaching Achievements          Bronze Individuals Europeans 2005 Silver in World Championships Rio 2006 Pair
 Team Role                      Team Manager and Coach



Patrick Judge

 FULL NAME                      Patrick ‘Rocky’ Judge
 Age                            6
 Previous Paralympic Games      988 Seoul, 992 Barcelona, 996 Atlanta, 2000
                                Sydney, 2004 Athens
 Career highlight               Irish Team Staff Member at all Paralympic Games
                                since Seoul 988
 Team Role                      Support Staff - Boccia, BC Director




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     Robert Roe

     FULL NAME                                 Robert Roe
     Age                                       2
     Occupation                                Insurance Company Administrator
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Team Role                                 Support Staff – Boccia



     Brenda Hopkins

     FULL NAME                                 Brenda Hopkins
     Age                                       
     Occupation                                Sport Development Officer
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Education                                 Batchelor of Science Degree
     Team Role                                 Support Staff - Boccia




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                      Cycling
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     Cycling
     Athletes with cerebral palsy compete on road and               two fastest winning times of the second round ride
     track using standard racing bicycles. Athletes with            for gold and silver medals, while the other two ride
     balance difficulties compete on tricycles, but only            for the bronze medal and fourth place. There are
     in Road events. Athletes with a visual impairment              two distances; ,000m or 4,000m, which are open to
     compete on tandem bicycles, both Road and Track,               different classes.
     with a sighted pilot. Amputees and riders with other
     permanent physical disabilities, compete on Road               Sprint: The Sprint race, for both men and women,
     and Track, using standard racing bicycles. Athletes            consists of three competition rounds for blind and
     who are wheelchair users and are unable to ride a              visually impaired athletes on tandems with a sighted
     standard racing bicycle, or tricycle, due to severe            pilot. In the qualifying round, tandems are individually
     lower limb disabilities, compete in Road events using          timed over the last 200m of the track from a flying
     three-wheeled handcycles. For all classes, approved            start. These times select the eight fastest tandems and
     disability specific adaptations are permitted, if              create a ranking. In the second and final rounds of the
     necessary for the improvement of safety.                       competition, the important thing is to win each race,
                                                                    because the riders compete as opponents and start
     Kilometer Time Trial: The ,000m individual Time Trial         together in two-up matches, over a best-of-three
     is an event for bicycles and tandems, both men and             series of races. In each race, the winner is the first
     women. Each athlete competes alone, against the clock          tandem to reach the finish line.
     for the distance, from a standing start. Bicycles are
     held by a mechanical starting gate, but tandems have           Team Sprint: The team Sprint is a men’s bicycle
     to be hand held by a start judge commissaire. The              event, where two teams of three athletes compete
     starting order is seeded by the commissaries, with the         against each other over three laps of the track from a
     fastest rider last to start. Each event winner is either       standing start. Each rider must lead for one complete
     the rider with the best time, or in events with mixed          lap, with the two teams starting in opposite straights
     disability groups, the rider with the best time when           of the track. The leading rider of each team is held at
     compared to a time standard for his or her class.              the start in a starting gate. The other two riders are
                                                                    hand held. The event consists of three rounds. The
     Individual Pursuit: The individual Pursuit is also an          first round is a qualifying round to select the eight
     event for bicycles and tandems, both men and women.            fastest teams on the basis of their times. These eight
     Two bicycles or two tandems start on diametrically             qualifying teams are paired for the second round with
     opposite sides of the track, each one positioned in the        fastest racing against slowest. The four winning teams
     middle of one of the track’s straights. The bicycles are       from the second round compete in the final round. The
     held by a starting gate and tandems are hand held.             two fastest winning teams from the second round ride
     During the race, each bicycle or tandem tries to catch         for gold and silver medals while the other two teams
     the other, or to record the fastest time for the full race     ride for the bronze medal and fourth place. For all IPC
     distance. The event consists of three rounds. The first        team Sprint competitions, the maximum is one sprint
     round is a qualifying round to select the eight fastest        team of three athletes per nation, plus substitutes,
     bicycles or tandems, on the basis of their times. These        using a combination of athletes with cerebral palsy
     eight qualifiers are paired for the second round with          and amputees to a specific formula.
     fastest racing against slowest. The four winners of
     the second round compete in the final round. The               Individual Road Race: Road races, for both men and

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women, on bicycles, tricycles, tandems and handcycles,      are able to pedal normally using two legs, with or
are held on public and private roads, over various          without prostheses.
distances, depending on athlete classification. All Road
race courses are completely closed to non-race traffic.     LC 3: For athletes with a disability on one lower limb,
Races have a bunched start and the first athlete to         with or without upper limb disability. Most athletes
complete the course distance is declared the winner.        pedal with one leg.
All races begin with a neutralized rolling start of at
least 200m to enable all the athletes to be safely and      LC 4: For athletes with a more severe disability usually
fairly underway. Circuits are usually 7 to 0km per         affecting both lower limbs, with or without upper limb
lap and often quite tough with climbs and descents.         disability.
Tricycles and handcycles often use a shorter and less
technically difficult circuit.                              Cerebral Palsy (CP): Cyclists with cerebral palsy
                                                            compete in four functional divisions, with separate
Individual Time Trial: Time trial courses often use         events for men and women. During any IPC
the same circuits as those used for Road races in the       competition, the athlete is only allowed to start in one
same programme. The Time trial is a race against the        division and the changing of divisions is not permitted.
clock for bicycles, tricycles, tandems and handcycles,
both men and women. Competitors start at 60-second          CP Division 4: is for athletes with the least severe
intervals and the rider who records the fastest             disability (Classes CP 8 & 7), who race on bicycles.
time for the distance is declared the winner. Race
distances vary according to athlete classification and      CP Divisions 3 & 2: These two divisions provide
riders are seeded, so that the fastest riders start last.   athletes with a choice of racing on bicycles in Division
                                                             (Classes CP 6 & 5), or tricycles in Division 2 (Classes
                                                            CP 6 & 5)
Classification
                                                            CP Division 1: is for athletes with a more severe
Visually Impaired (B & VI): Cyclists with a visual          disability (Classes CP 4 to ), who race on tricycles.
impairment compete on the rear of tandem bicycles,
with a sighted pilot, in one of three classes: Men,         Handcycling (HC): Handcycling athletes compete in
Women and Mixed (male and female). The decision             three functional divisions in IPC Cycling competitions,
to compete in the Mixed Class is that of the athlete.       with separate events for men and women. Handcycling
During any IPC competition, the athlete is only allowed     is for athletes who normally require a wheelchair
to start in one class and the changing of classes is not    for general mobility, or athletes not able to use a
permitted. Minimum disability is class B.                  conventional bicycle or tricycle because of severe
                                                            lower limb disability.
Locomotor Disabilities (LC): Cyclists with a physical
disability compete on bicycles in four functional           A Functional Classification System is used, where
classes: LC , LC 2, LC  and LC 4, with separate           an athlete’s functional ability for handcycling is
events for men and women.                                   assessed, based on the level of spinal cord lesion, or
                                                            corresponding disability. Classification of an athlete
LC 1: For athletes having minor or no lower limb            shall be in race dress with their race equipment,
disability.                                                 using medical documentation of the athlete’s disability,
                                                            functional tests based on the requirements of the
LC 2: For athletes with a disability in one leg, but who    sport and observation in training and competition.

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     Note that in the case of an incomplete spinal cord
     lesion, the functional ability of the athlete will decide
     the final classification and the decision of the IPC
     Cycling Classifier shall be final.

     HC Division A: is for athletes with a more severe
     disability (classes HC  & 2) with complete loss of
     trunk and lower limb function, together with other
     severe and complex disabilities.

     HC Division B: is for athletes with complete loss of
     lower limb function and limited trunk stability (classes
     HC , 4 & 5).

     HC Division C: is for athletes with complete lower limb
     function loss, but minimal other functional disabilities,
     or partial lower limb function loss combined with other
     disabilities to make conventional Cycling not viable
     (classes HC 6, 7 & 8)

     Other Functional Classification Criteria

     In all questionable functional classifications, it is
     essential that the classifier, in conjunction with the
     technical adviser, consider the cycle to be used
     by the athlete and the way it is ridden. In some
     classifications it may be necessary to include a proviso
     on the athlete’s Functional Classification Card that a
     particular adaptation is permitted, or essential for
     reasons of safety.




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Cathal Miller

 FULL NAME                      Cathal Gustavus Miller
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    CYCLING - k, 4k track, time trial, road race
 Sports Classification          LC
 Age                            9
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Dublin
 Coach                          Brian Nugent
 Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
 Previous World Championships   2006, 8th Time Trial
 Disability                     Amputee – Congenital Arm Deformity
 Hobbies                        Cycling



Enda Smyth

 FULL NAME                      Enda Oliver Smyth
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Cycling
                                Track – km Time Trial / km Individual Pursuit
                                Road – Road Race & Time Trial
 Sports Classification          CP4
 Age                            9
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Dublin
 Coach                          Brian Nugent / Aidan Hammond
 Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
 Previous World Championships   2006 Switzerland, 9th Road, th track
                                2007 France, 2th Road, 0th track
 Disability                     Cerebral Palsy
 Hobbies                        Cycling



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     Michael Delaney

     FULL NAME                                 Michael Delaney
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Cycling - B&VI Track – km Time Trial / 4km Pursuit
                                               / Sprint
                                               B&VI Road – Time Trial & Road Race
     Sports Classification                     B2
     Age                                       40
     Place of Birth                            Belgium
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Coach                                     Brian Nugent
     Previous Paralympic Games                 996 Atlanta 9th High Jump; 2000 Sydney 4th High Jump
     Previous World Championships              2007 France, th Place
     Disability                                Vision Impaired
     Hobbies                                   Cycling, chess, athletics



     Catherine Walsh

     FULL NAME                                 Catherine Mary Walsh
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Cycling - WB-B Tandem k,k,TT + Road Race
     Sports Classification                     WB-B
     Age                                       4
     Place of Birth                            Dublin
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Coach                                     Brian Nugent
     Previous Paralympic Games                 992 Barcelona, 996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney (Bronze Medallist Athletics),
                                               2004 Athens
     Previous World Championships              994 Berlin, 998 Birmingham, 2002 Lille, 2006 Assen (Athletics)
                                               2007 France Cycling
     Disability                                Vision Impaired
     Hobbies                                   Music, travel, dancing, watching all sports


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Joanna Hickey (Pilot)

 FULL NAME                   Joanna Hickey
 Age                         25
 Occupation                  Student Nurse
 Major Achievement           Silver National Track Medals 2007
                             Bronze National Track Medals 2006 & 2007
                             st in European Alpina Cup
 Previous Paralympic Games   First Paralympic Games

 Career highlight            Columbia - Pan American Games 7thTT & RR
                             Irish Record for km & km on track.
 Education                   Trinity College – B Sc. Nursing General.
 Team Role                   Support Staff – Cycling Pilot - Tandem with Catherine Walsh



David Peelo (Pilot)

 FULL NAME                   David Peelo
 Age                         42
 Occupation                  Administrative Executive
 Previous Paralympic Games   First Paralympic Games
 Education                   B.E. (Mechanical)
 Team Role                   Support Staff – Cycling Pilot




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     Team Staff


     Denis Toomey

     FULL NAME                                 Denis Toomey
     Age                                       52
     Occupation                                Health, Environment and Safety Manager
     Major Achievement                         First Irish cycling participation at Paralympic
                                               Games Athens 2004.
                                               Manager for squad that won three bronze medals
                                               at 2007 Pan-American Games
                                               Qualified 4 cycling slots for Ireland at Beijing
                                               Paralympic Games
     Previous Paralympic Games                 2004 Athens
     Career highlight                          Tandem Pilot 2004 Athens Paralympics road Competitions
                                               Irish Paralympic Cycling Manager for:-
                                               European Championships 2005 - Alkmaar
                                               World Championships 2006 – Aigle
                                               World Championships 2007 – Bordeaux
                                               Pan-American Championships 2007 - Colombia
     Education                                 Degree level University College Cork
     Team Role                                 Sports Manager - Cycling




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Brian Nugent

FULL NAME                     Brian Anthony Nugent
Paralympic Sport/Discipline   Cycling
Age                           29
Place of Birth                Dungannon
Residence                     Cookstown
Previous Paralympic Games     First Paralympic Games
Hobbies                       Cycling, Music, Reading, Outdoor Activities, Travelling
Coaching Achievements         2004-National track Head Coach-worked with Elite + U2 Track Squads,
                              European Champs.
                              2005- National Track Head Coach. Worked at Jnr. Worlds, Europeans and
                              U2 Europeans.
                              2006- National Track Head Coach worked at Jnrs, Europeans, U2 +
                              Europeans.
                              2007- National Track Head Coach-Jnr Worlds, Europeans, u2 Europeans,
                              Elite World Champs. + World Cups-U2 Jun Europeans. Paralympic World
                              Champs-Pan American Games.
                              2008-National Performance Coach (Endurance Road + Track) Paralympic
                              + Junior/U2.
Team Role                     Coach




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     Gerald Beggs

     FULL NAME                                 Gerald Michael Beggs
     Age                                       64
     Occupation                                Retired
     Major Achievement                         Northern Ireland Cycling Championships x 2
                                               National Irish Championships x 
     Previous Paralympic Games                 2004 Athens
     Career highlight                          2004 Paralympics in Athens
     Team Role                                 Support Staff – Cycling - Team Mechanic




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Equestrian
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     Equestrian:                                                     one caller. The Grade III double silver medallist in
                                                                     Sydney, Anne Cecilie Orr from Norway, is totally blind
                                                                     and rode to a whistle in her music test. In 200, she
                                                                     developed a sound system that can be quickly erected
                                                                     round the arena for a blind person’s test.’
     In official competitions, Dressage riders compete in
     two types of competition:
                                                                     Classification
     Championship Test: Competitors perform set
     movements as defined by the IPEC.                               Riders’ functional abilities are classified into one of
                                                                     four grades. Grade I riders have a higher degree
     Freestyle Test (also known as a Kur): Riders create             of disability than Grade IV riders. There are five
     their own pattern of movements called a floor plan.             classifications with Grade V riders allowed to compete
     The plan has to incorporate compulsory movements                in some national competitions but not eligible for FEI
     as defined by the IPEC. The test is ridden to music             international competitions. The rider’s skill and ability
     that the rider chooses to match and enhance the                 to ride a horse is not a factor in the grading, and FEI
     paces of the horse. The test should clearly show the            has developed a set of Dressage tests for each grade.
     unity between rider and horse as well as rhythm and             Riders graded I or II are required to ride walk only
     harmony in all the movements and transitions.                   or walk and trot movements, whilst Grade III and
                                                                     IV riders perform tests that also include canter and
     The Equestrian competition programme also includes              some lateral work. At a major competition, classifiers
     a Team Test. Teams consist of three or four riders from         watch riders training and competing and may use
     the same country. At least one of the athletes must be          the observations together with other data to decide
     Grade I or II. The team’s final score is based on the           whether or not a rider needs to be re-classified.
     sum from the best three performances in the Team
     Test and the individual Championship Test. If a team            The Classification guidelines are as follows:
     consists of four riders, the least successful total score
     is excluded from the final score.                               Grade I: Mainly wheelchair users with poor trunk
                                                                     balance and/or impairment of function in all four limbs
     Competitions are held in an arena measuring 40 metres           or no trunk balance and good upper limb function.
     x 20 metres. If possible, the competitions for Grade IV
     riders take place in a 60 metres x 20 metres arena.             Grade II: Mainly wheelchair users or those with
     Markers in the form of a letter are placed at set locations     severe locomotors impairment involving the trunk
     around the arena. The test movements are defined by             and with mild to good upper limb function, or severe
     letter sequences, for example “HEK medium walk”.                unilateral impairment.
     This means starting at H past E to K the horse must
     demonstrate medium walk. Letters (D, X and G) indicate          Grade III: Mainly able to walk without support, with
     positions on the marked centre line of the arena.               moderate unilateral impairment, moderate impairment
                                                                     in four limbs or severe arm impairment. May require
     Visually impaired Grade III and Grade IV riders may             a wheelchair for longer distances or due to lack of
     use alternative methods to orientate themselves                 stamina. Athletes have total loss of sight in both eyes.
     within the arena. They are allowed “callers” around
     the arena who call out a letter to the rider as they            Grade IV: Impairment in one or two limbs or some
     approach and pass. Many experienced riders use only             degree of visual impairment.

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Eilish Byrne

 FULL NAME                      Eilish Catherine Byrne
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Equestrian – Team Test/Championship Test/Freestyle
 Sports Classification          Grade 2
 Age                            4
 Place of Birth                 Drogheda, Co. Louth
 Residence                      Arklow, Co. Wicklow
 Coach                          Niall Quirke
 Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
 Previous World Championships       ,
                                2007 Hartpury, England, Placing 9th
 Disability                     Spina Bifida
 Hobbies                        Swimming



Team Staff


Niall Quirk

 FULL NAME                      Niall George Quirk
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Equestrian
 Age                            48
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Arklow
 Previous Paralympic Games      996 Atlanta
 Coaching Achievements          Trained the gold medal winners at World Student Rider Champions in Tokyo.
                                Train numerous International riders individually and at team level
 Team Role                      Manager and Coach




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     Paul Kilbride

      Full Name                                 Paul Kilbride
      Paralympic Sport/discipline               Equestrian
      Age                                       
      Language(S)                               English, some French, some Spanish
      Marital Status                            Single
      Profession (Occupation)                   Groom/Trainer
      Year Of Appointment                       999
      Education                                 Limerick University Equine Service
      Team Role                                 Irish Team Groom




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     Football
    7-A-Side
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     Football 7-A-Side:
     Every Football match is played between two teams               Classification
     with seven players on each side, including the
     goalkeeper. Each team consists of 2 players with              Athletes from the following classes compete in Football
     three substitutions allowed during each match. A               7-a-side:
     match cannot continue with fewer than four athletes
     on the field.                                                  C5: This class consists of athletes who have difficulties
                                                                    when walking and running, but not in standing or when
     A Football 7-a-Side match lasts 60 minutes and is              kicking the ball. Usually, a small shift in the central
     played in two halves of 0 minutes each, with a 5-            equilibrium of these athletes leads to the loss of
     minute half time in between. A goal is scored when the         balance.
     whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between
     the goalposts and under the crossbar. In group                 C6: This class consists of athletes with moderate to
     play-off matches or finals, if the match ends in a tie         severe athetosis, ataxia or a combination of spasticity
     after the completion of the two 0-minute halves, two          and athetosis involving all four limbs. C6 athletes
     0-minute extensions of extra time follow, where the           usually have control and co-ordination problems of
     FIFA ‘Golden Goal’ rule applies. If there is no winner         their upper limbs, especially when running.
     after the extra time, the teams follow a penalty kick
     procedure where five players from each team take a             C7: This class consists of athletes with hemiplegia.
     penalty shot each, and if still equal, follow the FIFA         The athletes usually walk with a limp and the arm or
     procedure.                                                     hand flexed on the affected side. The other side of the
                                                                    athlete’s body usually functions well.
     A referee and two assistant referees (linesmen)
     monitor the match. There are three rules for Football          C8: The C8 class consists of athletes with mild
     7-a-side at the Paralympic Games, which differ from            hemiplegia, diplegia or athetosis or monoplegia and
     the Olympic rules. Firstly there is no off-side rule.          must meet the eligibility criteria. Athletes in this class
     Secondly, throw-ins may be made with one hand (while           must have an obvious impairment that has impact on
     in Football at the Olympics it must be done with both          the sport of Football.
     hands). In this case, the player can roll the ball in such
     a way that it touches the ground immediately after it is       At least one C5 or C6 class athlete per team must play
     released from the player’s hand. Finally the goalkeeper        throughout the match. If this is not possible, the team
     may kick or throw the ball back into play after taking         must play with six players. Furthermore, no more than
     a maximum of four steps. The ball must be outside the          three players from category C8 are allowed to play at
     goal area before it can be returned to the goalkeeper.         the same time.




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Aidan Brennan

FULL NAME                      Aidan Thomas Brennan
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    7-A-Side Football
Sports Classification          CP7
Age                            0
Place of Birth                 Dublin
Residence                      Dublin
Coach                          Paul Cassin
Previous Paralympic Games      2004, Athens 7th Place
Previous World Championships   200 Argentina 5th Place,
                               2004 Brazil 8th Place
Disability                     Cerebral Palsy



Finbarr O’Riordan

FULL NAME                      Finbarr Thomas O’Riordan
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Football 7-A-Side
Sports Classification          CP7
Age                            7
Place of Birth                 Cork
Residence                      Cork
Coach                          Bobby Brown/Paul Cassin
Previous Paralympic Games      996 Atlanta, 5th place
                               2004 Athens, 7th place
Previous World Championships   994 Dublin, 2nd place
Disability                     Cerebral Palsy
Hobbies                        Music/Movies/Swimming




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     Paul Dollard

      FULL NAME                                 Paul Dollard
      Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Football 7-A-Side
      Sports Classification                     Cp7
      Age                                       
      Place of Birth                            Dublin
      Residence                                 Dublin
      Coach                                     Paul Cassin
      Previous Paralympic Games                 2004 Athens, 7th place
      Previous World Championships              200 Argentina, 5th Place
                                                2007 Brazil, 8th Place
      Disability                                Cerebral Palsy
      Hobbies                                   Badminton, Quizzes



     Luke Evans

      FULL NAME                                 Luke Peter Evans
      Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Football 7-A-Side
      Sports Classification                     CP7
      Age                                       8
      Place of Birth                            England
      Residence                                 Dublin
      Coach                                     Robert Browne/Paul Cassin
      Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
      Previous World Championships              2007 Brazil, 8th place
      Disability                                Cerebral Palsy




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Gary Messett

FULL NAME                      Gary Robert Messett
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Football 7-A-Side
Sports Classification          Cp7
Age                            20
Place of Birth                 Dublin
Residence                      Wicklow
Coach                          Bobby Brown / Paul Harris /Paul Cassin
Previous Paralympic Games      2004 Athens, 7th place
Previous World Championships   2007 Brazil, 7th place
Disability                     Cerebral Palsy
Hobbies                        Soccer, Golf, Snooker



Darren Kavanagh

FULL NAME                      Darren Kavanagh
Paralympic Sport/discipline    Soccer
Paralympic Medal Event(S)      Football 7-A-Side
Sport Classification           CP7
Age                            25
Residence                      Dublin
Coach                          Paul Cassin, Bobby Brown, Paul Reid




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     Mark Jones

      FULL NAME                                 Mark Jones
      Paralympic Sport/Discipline               7-A-Side Football
      Sports Classification                     CP7
      Age                                       7
      Place of Birth                            Belfast
      Residence                                 Belfast
      Coach                                     Paul Cassin
      Previous Paralympic Games                 st Paralympic Games
      Disability                                Cerebral Palsy
      Hobbies                                   Football

     Brian McGillivary

      FULL NAME                                 Brian Stephen McGillavary
      Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Football 7-a-side
      Sports Classification                     Cp5
      Age                                       9
      Place of Birth                            Dublin
      Residence                                 Dublin
      Coach                                     Paul Cassin
      Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
      Previous World Championships              2007 Brazil, 8th place
      Disability                                Cerebral Palsy




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Kieran Devlin

 FULL NAME                      Kieran Patrick Devlin
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Football – 7-A-Side
 Sports Classification          CP8
 Age                            9
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Dublin
 Coach                          Paul Cassin/Robert Browne
 Previous Paralympic Games      2004 Athens, 7th Place
 Previous World Championships   200 Argentina, 5th Place
 Disability                     Congenital left hemiparesis
 Hobbies                        Soccer, fishing



Alan O’Hara

 FULL NAME                      Alan O’Hara
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Football 7-A-Side
 Sports Classification          Cp7
 Age                            29
 Place of Birth                 Dublin
 Residence                      Dublin
 Coach                          Paul Cassin
 Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
 Previous World Championships   200 Argentina, 5th place
 Disability                     Cerebral Palsy
 Hobbies                        Football




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     Joseph Markey

     FULL NAME                                 Joseph James Markey
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Football (7-A-Side)
     Sports Classification                     CP7
     Age                                       2
     Place of Birth                            Monaghan
     Residence                                 Monaghan
     Coach                                     Paul Cassin, Tomas O’ Dwyer
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Previous World Championships              200 Argentina, 5th Place
     Disability                                Cerebral Palsy
     Hobbies                                   Snooker, football, fishing, jogging, clubbing , gym



     Derek Malone

     FULL NAME                                 Derek Michael Malone
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Football 7-A-Side
     Sports Classification                     CP8
     Age                                       28
     Place of Birth                            Whitegate, Co. Clare
     Residence                                 Limerick
     Coach                                     Robert Browne/Paul Cassin
     Previous Paralympic Games                 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens Bronze Medallist Athletics)
     Previous World Championships              2002 Lille, 2006 Assen, 2006 World Indoors (Gold Medallist 400m)
     Disability                                Cerebral Palsy
     Hobbies                                   Watching soccer, Reading, Web Design, PSP, Spending time with friends and family




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Team Staff


Paul Cassin

FULL NAME                      Paul Edward Cassin
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Football 7-A-Side
Age                            45
Place of Birth                 Dublin
Residencei                     Dublin
Previous Paralympic Games      992 Barcelona, 996 Atlanta, 2004 Athens
Previous World Championships   200 Argentina, 2004 Brazil
Hobbies                        Soccer, Reading
Coaching Achievements          Fourth Paralympics as coach



Robert Browne

FULL NAME                      Robert Browne
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Football 7-A-Side
Age                            46
Place of Birth                 Dublin
Residence                      Dublin
Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
Previous World Championships   2007 Brazil
Hobbies                        Swimming, Chess, Tennis
Coaching Achievements          ‘A’ Licence, ‘B’ Licence, Manager Monaghan Utd when promoted to
                               Premier. Manager Malahide Utd – Metropolitan Cup Winners and Runer
                               up in LSL.




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     Michael Doyle

     FULL NAME                                 Michael Gerard Doyle
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Football 7-A-Side
     Age                                       5
     Place of Birth                            Dublin
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Hobbies                                   Coaching, reading, travelling




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Sailing




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     Sailing:
     Competition is run under the International Sailing
     Federations (ISAF) Racing Rules of Sailing, the IFDS
     Race Management and Classification Manuals.

     Weather permitting races consist of nine separate
     runs. Final placings are determined by the
     accumulation of points scored in each race. The team
     scoring the lowest total points being the winner. At
     the starting signal all boats pass a virtual starting
     line (between two marks in the direction of the first
     rounding mark - “upwind leg” in sailors terminology).
     In this leg, tactics, boat-speed and boat handling
     are very important because the boats need to fight
     their way into the wind. After rounding this mark
     boats proceed on a leg to the down-wind mark and
     round this as well. Again they move towards the
     windward mark and this continues for almost one
     hour (the marks are placed approximately  nautical
     mile (852m) from each other). The finish consists of
     passing through a virtual line between two marks.

     There are slight modifications in equipment in order to
     suit the athlete’s ability. The yachts used in Paralympic
     competition have keels, mainly because this design
     provides greater stability. These keelboats have open
     cockpits to allow more room for the sailors. Sailors
     race under the fleet racing format, meaning all yachts
     race the course at the same time.


     Classification

     A scoring system that assigns points based on level of          impairment are placed into one of three competition
     ability allows athletes from different disability groups        classes, based on their visual acuity and field of vision.
     to compete together in this Paralympic sport.
                                                                     To ensure the participation of athletes with all point
     After the evaluation of athletes with a functional disability   counts and from all classes of disability, there is a
     by the Classification Committee, they are awarded               maximum point count, which a crew of three persons
     points, based on their functional abilities, ranging from       must not exceed: the aggregate of its members’ points
     one to seven, standing for the lowest and the highest           must not be over 4. This enables sailors with a more
     level of functionality, respectively. Athletes with a visual    severe physical disability to take part in the Paralympics.

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Paul McCarthy

FULL NAME                      Denis Paul McCarthy
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Sailing – -Person Keelboat
Sports Classification          2
Age                            44
Place of Birth                 Cork
Residence                      Cork
Coach                          Denis Kiely / Maria Coleman
Previous Paralympic Games      Sydney 2000
Disability                     Wheelchair User – Motorcycling Accident
Hobbies                        Sailing



Paul Ryan

FULL NAME                      John Paul Ryan
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Sailing –  Person Keelboat
Sports Classification          2
Age                            7
Place of Birth                 Cork
Residence                      Cork
Coach                          Denis Kiely/Maria Coleman
Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
Previous World Championships   200 Holland, 5th
                               200 Athens, 7th
                               2006 Australia, 6th
Disability                     Amputee
Hobbies                        Shooting, Golfing, Hurling




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     Richard Whealey

     FULL NAME                                 Richard Martin Whealey
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Sailing –  Person Keelboat
     Sports Classification                     PPS
     Age                                       45
     Place of Birth                            Cork
     Residence                                 Fermoy
     Coach                                     Denis Kiely / Maria Coleman
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Previous World Championships              2008 Rochester NY
     Disability                                Wheelchair User – Paraplegic
     Hobbies                                   Photography



     Amy Kelehan

     FULL NAME                                 Amy Kelehan
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Sailing, Two-person Keelboat
     Sports Classification                     FCS 
     Age                                       
     Place of Birth                            Galway
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Coach                                     Matthius Hellstern
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Previous World Championships                  ,
                                               2007 Rochester NY, TP Keelboat, 5th
                                               2008, Singapore, TP Keelboat, 5th
     Disability                                Freidriech’s Ataxia




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John Twomey

 FULL NAME                     John Twomey
 Paralympic Sport/Discipline   Sailing – 2-Person Keelboat
 Sports Classification         F5 Discus, Sailing N/a
 Age                           52
 Place of Birth                Cork
 Residence                     Cork
 Coach                         Matthias Hellstern
 Previous Paralympic Games     976 Toronto, 980 Arnhem, 984 England, 988 Seoul Gold Medallist,
                               992 Barcelona, 996 Atlanta (All Discus), 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens
 Disability                    Wheelchair User - T Spinal injury
                               Cycling accident
 Hobbies                       Sailing




Team Staff


Denis Kiely

 FULL NAME                     Denis Kiely
 Age                           64
 Occupation                    Lecturer – C.I.T
 Previous Paralympic Games     First Paralympic Games
 Education                     U.C.C. & Kinginns, Amsterdam
 Team Role                     Team Manager - Sailing




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     Maria Coleman

     FULL NAME                                 Maria Eleanor Coleman
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Sailing – Sonar Class
     Age                                       44
     Place of Birth                            United Kingdom
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Previous World Championships              997 - 2004 as Athletes
     Coaching Achievements                     Coached Danish single handed sailor to 996 gold medal in Atlanta
                                               Olympics, coached Olympic and Paralympic Youth Ssailors ‘96 - 2006


     Mathius Hellstern

     FULL NAME                                 Matthias Hellstern
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Sailing – Skud 8 Class
     Age                                       29
     Place of Birth                            Germany
     Residence                                 Cork
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Hobbies                                   Sailing
     Coaching Achievements                     Sonar Paralympic Coach 2007; Skud 8 Paralympic Coach 2008




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Ronan Kelehan

FULL NAME                   Ronan Kelehan
Age                         29
Occupation                  Engineer ( Post Graduate student)
Major Achievement           Worked on Dublin Port Tunnel
Previous Paralympic Games   First Paralympic Games
Career highlight            st Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Laser Sailing. Sailing
                            Instructor
Education                   B.E.Hons Mechanical Engineering UCD 200
Team Role                   Sport Support - Sailing




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     Swimming

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Swimming:
 A FINA standard eight-lane 50m pool is required           Classification
for competition at the Paralympic Games. Events
are conducted as heats for eight competitors per           Athletes with a visual impairment are classified into
class and with the fastest eight swimmers per class        three classes, according to the degree of vision
competing in the finals. There are various forms for       loss: S for athletes with no sight to class S for
swimmers to start their race; in the water, a dive start   legally blind. The following events are offered at the
sitting on the starting platform or the typical standing   Paralympic Games for these athletes:
start.
                                                           50m, 100m and 400m Freestyle
During a Swimming event, swimmers who are blind
are required to have an assistant to help him/her as       100m Backstroke
he or she approaches the swimming pool end wall,
either to make a turn or for the finish of the race.       100m Breaststroke
This process is called tapping and performed by a
“tapper”. These swimmers are also required to wear         100m Butterfly
blackened goggles in all their events.
                                                           200m Individual Medley

                                                           4x100m Freestyle Relay and 4x100m Medley Relay.

                                                           In the case of swimmers with a physical disability,
                                                           classification is based on several factors ie, muscle
                                                           strength, movement co-ordination, joint range of
                                                           movement and/or limb length. The swimmers are
                                                           also required to perform a practical water session,
                                                           performing all strokes and accordingly assessed on
                                                           their ability.




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     After the assessment is completed, athletes are
     classified as follows:

     10 classes (S1-S10) in Freestyle, Backstroke and
     Butterfly

     10 classes (SM1-SM10) for Individual Medley, and

     9 classes (SB1-SB9) in Breaststroke.

     The higher the number of the class, the lower the
     disability, eg, class  is for athletes with a severe disability
     and class 0 for athletes with a minimal disability.

     Depending on the classification of athletes with a
     physical disability, the following events are offered at
     the Paralympic Games:

     50m and 100m Freestyle: class S1 to S10

     200m Freestyle: class S1 to S5

     400m Freestyle: class S6 to S10

     50m Backstroke: class S1 to S5

     100m Backstroke: class S6 to S10

     50m Butterfly: class S1 to S7

     100m Butterfly: class S8 to S10

     50m Breaststroke: class SB1 to SB3

     100m Breaststroke: class SB4 to SB9

     150m Individual Medley: class SM1 to SM4

     200m Individual Medley: class SM5 to SM10

     Relay 4x50m Freestyle and 4x50 Medley Relay

     Relay 4x100m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley Relay


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Hannah Clarke

FULL NAME                      Hannah Mary Clarke
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Swimming – 00m Breaststroke
Sports Classification          SB5
Age                            8
Place of Birth                 Belfast
Residence                      Saintfield, Co. Down
Coach                          Liz Reid / Brendan Mulholland
Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
Previous World Championships   2006, South Africa
Disability                     Spina Bifida
Hobbies                        Swimming



Darragh McDonald

FULL NAME                      Darragh Anthony McDonald
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Swimming - 400m Freestyle
Sports Classification          S6
Age                            4
Place of Birth                 Dublin
Residence                      Gorey
Coach                          John Kealy / Liz Reid
Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
Disability                     Amputee
Hobbies                        Computers, Swimming, Reading




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     Stephen Campbell

     FULL NAME                                 Stephen Leo Campbell
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Swimming - 400 F/S 00 B/F 00 F/S 50 F/S
     Sports Classification                     S
     Age                                       22
     Place of Birth                            Dungannon
     Residence                                 Cookstown
     Coach                                     Liz Reid /Nicky Doris /Dorothy Johnson
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Previous World Championships              2006 South Africa, 4th place IM
     Disability                                Vision Impaired
     Hobbies                                   Swimming



     David Malone

     FULL NAME                                 David Gerald Malone
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Swimming – 00m Backstroke
     Sports Classification                     S8
     Age                                       0
     Place of Birth                            Dublin
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Coach                                     Kevin Williamson / Liz Reid/ Ciaran Keogh
     Previous Paralympic Games                 996 Atlanta, Silver Medallist
                                               2000 Sydney, Gold Medallist
                                               2004 Athens, Silver Medallist
     Previous World Championships              994 Malta, Bronze Medallist
                                               998 NewZealand, Gold Medallist
                                               2002 Argentina, Bronze Medallist
     Disability                                Bi-lateral Amputee
     Hobbies                                   Football, Music, Cinema


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Jonathan Cummings

FULL NAME                      Jonathan Cummings
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Swimming
Sports Classification          S6
Age                            20
Place of Birth                 Northern Ireland
Residence                      Coalisland
Coach                          Liz Reid / Dorothy Johnson
Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
Previous World Championships   2006, South Africa, 6th
Disability                     Phocomelia,
Hobbies                        Football, Computer Games



Ellen Keane

FULL NAME                      Ellen Carol Keane
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Swimming
Sports Classification          S9/SB8
Age                            
Place of Birth                 Dublin
Residence                      Dublin
Coach                          Nicky Burke / Liz Reid
Previous Paralympic Games      First Paralympic Games
Disability                     Arm Amputee




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     Team Staff:


     Geraldine Conway

      FULL NAME                                 Geraldine Conway
      Age                                       49
      Occupation                                Civil Servant
      Major Achievement                         Being part of the team going to Athens
                                                Paralympics in 2004 as Swimming Manager.
      Previous Paralympic Games                 Athens 2004
      Career highlight                          Manager of Irish Paralympic Swimming Team
                                                – Athens 2004
      Team Role                                 Sports Manager - Swimming



     Elizabeth Reid

      FULL NAME                                 Elizabeth Anne Reid
      Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Swimming
      Age                                       58
      Place of Birth                            Belfast
      Residence                                 Belfast
      Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic games
      Hobbies                                   Walking, Reading, Theatre, Travel




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David Ward

FULL NAME                   David Michael Ward
Age                         2
Occupation                  Marketing Graduate
Major Achievement           N/a
Previous Paralympic Games   First Paralympic Games
Career highlight            Working with Irish Paralympic Team
Education                   Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons)
Team Role                   Sport Support Staff - Swimming



Charlotte Parker

FULL NAME                   Charlotte Parker
Age                         29
Occupation                  Director of Education & Development for Swim
                            Ireland
Major Achievement           Selected for Beijing 2008
Previous Paralympic Games   First Paralympic Games
Career highlight            Former swimmer, open water swimmer, water polo
                            player
Education                   BSc Sports Coaching Science st Class Hons
                            MSc Sports Coaching Science
                            ASA/ British swimming level ,2, tutor and assessor
Team Role                   Sport Support / Chaperone Swimming




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     Table Tennis

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Table Tennis:
One match consists of five sets each being played to     Classification
 points. The objective of the game is for the player
to cross the ball into the opponent’s area, without      Athletes are classified into  classes, depending
him or her being able to successfully return it. The     on the skills required for the sport and their ability
game begins with a service and there is a change         (functional classification). Classification takes place
in service every two points. Athletes are classified     after examining the range of movement of each athlete,
into  classes. Each game consists of 5, 7 or 9 sets    his or her muscle strength, locomotor restrictions,
depending on the competition. The winner is the          balance in the wheelchair and the ability to handle
athlete who wins , 4 or 5 sets respectively. In case    the racket. Classes TT-TT0 are for athletes with
of a tie, the winner is the first to score a two-point   a physical disability. Classes  to 5 are for athletes
difference. For every class of male and female players   competing in wheelchairs, while classes 6 to 0
there are singles, doubles and team matches.             compete standing. Class TT is for intellectually
                                                         disabled athletes according to the INAS-FID/IPC
                                                         definition (this class is currently not included in
                                                         Paralympic competition).




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     Eimear Breathnach

     FULL NAME                                 Eimear Breathnach
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Table Tennis
     Sports Classification                     TT 2
     Age                                       29
     Place of Birth                            Dublin
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Coach                                     Johnny Bridgeman
     Previous Paralympic Games                 N/A
     Previous World Championships              Taiwan 2002, Switzerland 2006
     Disability                                Quadriplegia, wheelchair user
     Hobbies                                   All Sports



     Kathleen Reynolds

     FULL NAME                                 Kathleen Reynolds
     Paralympic Sport/Discipline               Table Tennis - Women’s Individual TT
                                               Women’s Team TT-
     Sports Classification                     TT
     Age                                       55
     Place of Birth                            Dublin
     Residence                                 Dublin
     Coach                                     John Bridgeman / Marie Hughes
     Previous Paralympic Games                 972 Heidelberg, 976 Toronto, 980 Arnhem
     Previous World Championships              2006 Taipei, 6th Position
     Disability                                Wheelchair User
     Hobbies                                   Table Tennis, Bingo




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Team Staff:


Maria Hughes

FULL NAME                      Marie Christine Hughes
Paralympic Sport/Discipline    Table Tennis
Age                            57
Place of Birth                 Dublin
Residence                      Dublin
Previous Paralympic Games      Sydney 2000
Previous World Championships   2002
Hobbies                        N/a
Coaching Achievements          Team Manager 2002 World Championships




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     Support Staff
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Support Staff
Jimmy Byrne

FULL NAME                   Jimmy Byrne
Age                         69
Occupation                  Retired
Major Achievement           Leading Irish Team. Coaching Gold,Silver,Bronze
                            medal winners at Paralympics.
Previous Paralympic Games   976 , 980 Arnhem, 984 USA, 988 Seoul, 992
                            Barcelona, 996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens

Career highlight            Paralympic positions since 976 – Coach,Sports Manager,Selecter,Chef
                            de Mission
Team Role                   Chef de Mission



Liam Harbison (Non-PLV)

FULL NAME                   Liam Harbison
Age                         
Occupation                  Paralympic Performance Director / Deputy
                            Secretary General
Major Achievement           Representing Ireland at School’s Level Volleyball
                            Major success at 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games
                            Completion of third level studies with a First Class
                            Honours Degree

Previous Paralympic Games   2000 Sydney(Coach), 2004 Athens (Official)
Career highlight            Coach/Manager of Irish Boccia Team ’97-2000 finishing the 2000
                            Paralympic Games at no.  in the Boccia Medals Table.
                            Successful development of Performance Programme for PCI
Education                   National Diploma in Business Studies / Recreation & Leisure
                            Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation & Leisure
Team Role                   Deputy Secretary General


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     Nancy Chillingworth (Non- PLV)

      FULL NAME                                 Nancy Chillingworth
      Age                                       29
      Occupation                                Assistant Paralympic Performance Director
      Major Achievement                         N/a
      Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
      Career highlight                          Having the opportunity to travel to Beijing with the
                                                Irish Team
      Education                                 Post Graduate (M Sc)
      Team Role                                 National Paralympic Committtee Staff - Camp Training Manager



     Lina Tao

      FULL NAME                                 Lina Tao
      Age                                       54
      Occupation                                Managing Director (Beijing)
      Major Achievement                         Amazing Cruises and Travel
      Previous Paralympic Games                 None - first
      Career highlight                          Working with Irish Paralympians
      Education                                 MSC




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Sports Science and Medical team


Joe Conway

FULL NAME                    Laurence Joseph Conway
Age                          40
Occupation                   Medical Doctor
Major Achievement            Team Doctor New Zealand Soccer Team
                             Confederations Cup 999 & Oceania
                             Championships 2000, Team Doctor Australia,U-9
                             RWC 2004
Previous Paralympic Games    First Paralympic Games
Career highlight             Beijing 2008
Education                    St.Patrick’s Boys N.S. Wicklow, Castleknock College,Dublin, Royal College
                             of Surgeons in Ireland & Trinity College Dublin.
Team Role                    Medical Officer



Alan Ringland

FULL NAME                    Alan Ringland
Age                          45
Occupation                   Lecturer
Major Achievement            Irish National Champion at Tennis V8,V2
Previous Paralympic Games    First Paralympic Games
Education                    B.A.;MED,D.Phil,BASES,PGCE
Team Role                    Team Sports Psychologist




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     Fintan O’Donnell

     FULL NAME                                 Fintan O’Donnell
     Age                                       44
     Occupation                                Chartered Physiotherapist
     Major Achievement                         rd 800m B, 984 Paralympics USA
     Previous Paralympic Games                 984 USA
     Career highlight                          Qualified 985, London. Began Private Practice in
                                               99
     Education                                 2nd level - Copsewood College, Co. Limerick
                                               RNIB School of Physio in London 985, Dip SHWW, UCD 997
                                               Currently studying for MSc SEP at NUI Galway
     Team Role                                 Team Chartered Physiotherapist



     Brendan Kirrane

     FULL NAME                                 Brendan Kirrane
     Age                                       40
     Occupation                                Sports Manager Therapist
     Major Achievement                         Own business set up.
     Previous Paralympic Games                 First Paralympic Games
     Career highlight                          Working with the P.C.I.
     Education                                 rd Level
     Team Role                                 Team Sports Massage Therapist




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Bruce Wardrop (Non-Paralympic Village)

FULL NAME                     Bruce Wardrop
Age                           0
Occupation                    Exercise Physiologist
Major Achievement             Professionally – work with PCI & IIS. Personally –
                              completed my first triathlon last summer, teaching
                              my dogs to run with me while I am cycling!
Previous Paralympic Games     First Paralympic Games
Career highlight              Being appointed as Team Sports Physiologist to the PCI
Education                     BSc (Sports Science) & MSc (Exercise Physiology) plus a few other bits
                              and pieces along the way
Team Role                     Team Sports Physiologist




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                                          Competition
                                          Schedule –
                                          Irish Athletes

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Day 1 Sunday 7th September

 Athlete              Sport        Event                               Time               Location
 Eilish Byrne         Equestrian   Team test Grade II                  07:0 – :00      Sha Tin, Hong Kong
 Gabriel Shelly       Boccia       Ind. BC st Round                  09:00 -0:00       Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                          Convention Centre
 Padraic Moran        Boccia       Ind. BC st Round                  09:00 -0:00       Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                          Convention Centre
 Ellen Keane          Swimming     00m BF Heats S9                    09:00 – :00      National Aquatic Centre
 Tom Leahy            Boccia       Ind. BC2 st Round                  0:00 – 2:00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                          Convention Centre
 Roberta Connolly     Boccia       Ind. BC2 st Round                  0:00 – 2:00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                          Convention Centre
 Gabriel Shelly       Boccia       Ind. BC 2nd Round*                 2:00 – :00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                          Convention Centre
 Padraic Moran        Boccia       Ind. BC 2nd Round*                 2:00 – :00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                          Convention Centre
 Tom Leahy            Boccia       Ind. BC2 2nd Round*                 :00 – 5:00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                          Convention Centre
 Roberta Connolly     Boccia       Ind. BC2 2nd Round*                 :00 – 5:00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                          Convention Centre
 Enda Smyth           Cycling      Ind. Pursuit Qualification CP4      09:0 – 7:5      Laoshan Velodrome
 Michael Delaney +    Cycling      Ind. Pursuit Qualification B&VI     09:0 – 7:5      Laoshan Velodrome
 David Peelo                       (-)
 Catherine Walsh +    Cycling      Km TT Final B&VI (-)             09:0 – 7:5      Laoshan Velodrome
 Joanna Hickey
 Enda Smyth           Cycling      Ind. Pursuit Final CP4*             09:0 – 7:5      Laoshan Velodrome
 Michael Delaney +    Cycling      Ind. Pursuit Final B&VI (-)*      09:0 – 7:5      Laoshan Velodrome
 David Peelo
 Eimear Breathnach    T Tennis     Singles F-2 Round                 6:00 – 2:00      Peking University Gym
 Kathleen Reynolds    T Tennis     Singles F Round                   6:00 – 2:00      Peking University Gym
 Ellen Keane          Swimming     00m BF Final S9*                   7:00 – 2:00      National Aquatic Centre
* Subject to progression through the competition


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     Day 2 Monday 8th September

     Athlete                 Sport          Event                     Time            Location
     Eilish Byrne            Equestrian     Championship Grade II     07:0 – :00   Sha Tin, Hong Kong
     Tom Leahy               Boccia         Ind. BC2 rd Round*       09:00 – :00   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre
     Roberta Connolly        Boccia         Ind. BC2 rd Round*       09:00 – :00   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre
     Gabriel Shelly          Boccia         Ind. BC rd Round*       :00 – 2:00   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre
     Padraic Moran           Boccia         Ind. BC rd Round*       :00 – 2:00   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre
     Eimear Brethnach        T Tennis       Singles F-2 Round 2*     0:00 – 4:40   Peking University Gym
     Cathal Miller           Cycling        Ind. Pursuit              09:0 – 6:20   Laoshan Velodrome
                                            Qualification LC
     Michael Delaney +       Cycling         Km TT Final B&VI        09:0 – 6:20   Laoshan Velodrome
     David Peelo                            (-)
     Cathal Miller           Cycling        Ind. Pursuit Final LC*   09:0 – 6:20   Laoshan Velodrome
     Amy Kelehan + John      Sailing        Scud8 Race ,2           :00 – 7:00   Qingdao Olympic Sailing
     Twomey                                                                           Centre
     Paul McCarthy, Paul     Sailing        Sonar Race ,2            :00 – 7:00   Qingdao Olympic Sailing
     Ryan + Richard                                                                   Centre
     Whealey
     Football 7 a side       Football       Ireland V Iran            .0-4.45     Olympic Green Hockey Field A
     Tom Leahy               Boccia         Ind. BC2 /8 Final*       5:0 – 6:0   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre
     Roberta Connolly        Boccia         Ind. BC2 /8 Final*       5:0 – 6:0   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre
     Gabriel Shelly          Boccia         Ind. BC Quarterfinal*    6:0 – 7:45   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre
     Padraic Moran           Boccia         Ind. BC Quarterfinal*    6:0 – 7:45   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre
     Tom Leahy               Boccia         Ind. BC2 Quarterfinal*    7:45 – 8:45   Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                      Convention Centre


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 Athlete                Sport        Event                      Time               Location
 Roberta Connolly       Boccia       Ind. BC2 Quarterfinal*     7:45 – 8:45      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                   Convention Centre
 Kathleen Reynolds      T Tennis     Singles F Round  &       6:00 – 2:20      Peking University Gym
                                     Round 2*
 Eimear Breathnach      T Tennis     Singles F-2 Round *      6:00 – 2:20      Peking University Gym
 Garrett Culliton       Athletics    Discus F/4/52           7:00 – 2:45      National Stadium
* Subject to progression through the competition

Day 3 Tuesday 9th September

 Athlete                Sport        Event                      Time               Location
 Gabriel Shelly         Boccia       Ind. BC Semifinals*       09:00 – 0:00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                   Convention Centre
 Padraic Moran          Boccia       Ind. BC Semifinals*       09:00 – 0:00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                   Convention Centre
 Tom Leahy              Boccia       Ind. BC2 Semifinals*       09:00 – 0:00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                   Convention Centre
 Roberta Connolly       Boccia       Ind. BC2 Semifinals*       09:00 – 0:00      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                   Convention Centre
 Jonathan Cummings      Swimming     00m BS Heat S6            09:00 – :0      National Aquatic Centre
 Stephen Campbell       Swimming     00m BF Heats S          09:00 – :0      National Aquatic Centre
 Ellen Keane            Swimming     00m BRS Heats SB8         09:00 – :0      National Aquatic Centre
 Sean Heary             Archery      Ind compound, open         0.00-2.0        Olympic green, Archery
                                     ranking round                                 field.
 Gabriel Shelly         Boccia       Ind. BC bronze medal      :5 – 2:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                     match*                                        Convention Centre
 Padraic Moran          Boccia       Ind. BC bronze medal      :5 – 2:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                     match*                                        Convention Centre
 Tom Leahy              Boccia       Ind. BC2 bronze medal      :5 – 2:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                     match*                                        Convention Centre
 Roberta Connolly       Boccia       Ind. BC2 bronze medal      :5 – 2:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                     match*                                        Convention Centre



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      Athlete                 Sport          Event                     Time            Location
      Eoin Cleare             Athletics      Shot Putt F2             09:00 – :0   National Stadium
      Michael McKillop        Athletics      800m T7 Round           09:00 – :00   National Stadium
      Catherine Walsh +       Cycling        Ind. Pursuit              09:0 – 7:55   Laoshan Velodrome
      Joanna Hickey                          Qualification B&VI (-
                                             )
      Enda Smyth              Cycling        Km TT Final CP4          09:0 – 7:55   Laoshan Velodrome
      Cathal Miller           Cycling        Km TT Final LC          09:0 – 7:55   Laoshan Velodrome
      Catherine Walsh +       Cycling        Ind. Pursuit Final B&VI   09:0 – 7:55   Laoshan Velodrome
      Joanna Hickey                          (-)*
      Amy Kelehan + John      Sailing        Scud8 Race ,4,5         :00 – 7:00   Qingdao Olympic Sailing
      Twomey                                                                           Centre
      Paul McCarthy, Paul     Sailing        Sonar Race ,4,5          :00 – 7:00   Qingdao Olympic Sailing
      Ryan + Richard                                                                   Centre
      Whealey
      Gabriel Shelly          Boccia         Ind. BC gold medal       4:00 – 5:5   Fencing Hall of National
                                             match*                                    Convention Centre
      Padraic Moran           Boccia         Ind. BC gold medal       4:00 – 5:5   Fencing Hall of National
                                             match*                                    Convention Centre
      Tom Leahy               Boccia         Ind. BC2 gold medal       5:0 – 6:45   Fencing Hall of National
                                             match*                                    Convention Centre
      Roberta Connolly        Boccia         Ind. BC2 gold medal       5:0 – 6:45   Fencing Hall of National
                                             match*                                    Convention Centre
      Kathleen Reynolds       T Tennis       Singles F Round          6:00 – 2:20   Peking University Gym
                                             2&Round *
      Catherine Wayland       Athletics      Discus F2-4/5-5       7.00 - 2.0   National Stadium
      Jonathan Cummings       Swimming       00m BS Final S6*         7:00 – 2:00   National Aquatic Centre
      Stephen Campbell        Swimming       00m BF Final S*        7:00 – 2:00   National Aquatic Centre
      Ellen Keane             Swimming       00m BRS Final SB8*       7:00 – 2:00   National Aquatic Centre
      Patrice Dockery         Athletics      400m T5 Round           7:00 – 22:00   National Stadium
     * Subject to progression through the competition




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Day 4 Wednesday 10th September

Athlete               Sport        Event                        Time               Location
Eilish Byrne          Equestrian   Freestyle Grade II           07:0 – :00      Sha Tin, Hong Kong
David Malone          Swimming     00m BS Heats S8             09:00 – 0:0      National Aquatic Centre
Boccia Team           Boccia       Team BC/BC2 Round          0:0 – 2:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                                                                   Convention Centre
Kathleen Reynolds     T Tennis     Singles F Semifinal*        0:00 – :00      Peking University Gym
Eimear Breathnach     T Tennis     Singles F-2 Semifinal*      0:00 – :00      Peking University Gym
Football 7 a side     Football     Ireland v Ukraine            .5 - 2.0      Olympic Green Hockey Field A
Michael Delaney +     Cycling      Sprint Qualification         09:0 – 6:0      Laoshan Velodrome
David Peelo                        B&VI (-)
Michael Delaney +     Cycling      Sprint Quarterfinal          09:0 – 6:0      Laoshan Velodrome
David Peelo                        B&VI (-)*
Michael Delaney +     Cycling      Sprint Semifinal B&VI        09:0 – 6:0      Laoshan Velodrome
David Peelo                        (-)*
Michael Delaney +     Cycling      Sprint Final B&VI (-        09:0 – 6:0      Laoshan Velodrome
David Peelo                        )*
Boccia Team           Boccia       Team BC/BC2 Round           :0 – 5:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                   2*                                              Convention Centre
Sean Heary            Archery      Ind. Compound Open.          4.00 - 5.00      Olympic Green Archery Field
                                   /6 Elimination
                                   Matches*
Boccia Team           Boccia       Team BC/BC2 Round           6:0 – 8:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                   *                                              Convention Centre
David Malone          Swimming     00m BS Final S8*            7:00 – 9:50      National Aquatic Centre
Eimear Breathnach     T Tennis     Singles F-2 Final/          6:00 – 2:5      Peking University Gym
                                   Bronze*
Eimear Breathnach     T Tennis     Team F-                    6:00 – 2:5      Peking University Gym
+ Kathleen Reynolds                Quarterfinal*
Lisa Callaghan        Athletics    Javelin Final F5-F8        7:00 – 2:0      National Stadium
Michael McKillop      Athletics    800m Final T7*              7:00 – 2:0      National Stadium




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      Athlete                 Sport          Event                  Time            Location
      Patrice Dockery         Athletics      400m T5 Final*        7:00 – 2:0   National Stadium
      Eilish Byrne            Equestrian     Freestyle Grade II     9:5 – 2:00   Sha Tin, Hong Kong
     * Subject to progression through the competition

     Day 5 Thursday 11th September

      Athlete                 Sport          Event                  Time            Location
      Ellen Keane             Swimming       200m IM Heats SM9      09:00 – :0   National Aquatic Centre
      Stephen Campbell        Swimming       400m FS Heats S      09:00 – :0   National Aquatic Centre
      John McCarthy           Athletics      Discus Final F2/5    09:00 – :0   National Stadium
      Sean Heary              Archery        Ind. Compound Open.    09.0 - .00   Olympic Green Archery Field
                                             /8 Elimination
                                             Matches*
      Patrice Dockery         Athletics      00m T5 Round        09:00 – :0   National Stadium
      Boccia Team             Boccia         Team BC/BC2           2:00 – :45   Fencing Hall of National
                                             Quarterfinal*                          Convention Centre
      Amy Kelehan + John      Sailing        Scud8 Race 6,7,8      :00 – 7:00   Qingdao Olympic Sailing
      Twomey                                                                        Centre
      Paul McCarthy, Paul     Sailing        Sonar Race 6,7,8       :00 – 7:00   Qingdao Olympic Sailing
      Ryan + Richard                                                                Centre
      Whealey
      Boccia Team             Boccia         Team BC/BC2           6:5 – 8:5   Fencing Hall of National
                                             Semifinal*                             Convention Centre
      Ellen Keane             Swimming       200m IM Final SM9*     7:00 – 20:0   National Aquatic Centre
      Stephen Campbell        Swimming       400m FS Final S*     7:00 – 20:0   National Aquatic Centre
     * subject to progression through the competition




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Day 6 Friday 12th September

 Athlete                Sport        Event                         Time               Location
 Stephen Campbell       Swimming     00m FS Heats S             09:00 – :0      National Aquatic Centre
 Hannah Clarke          Swimming     00m BRS Heats SB5            09:00 – :0      National Aquatic Centre
 Boccia Team            Boccia       Team BC/BC2 Bronze           0:0 – 2:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                     Medal Match*                                     Convention Centre
 Enda Smyth             Cycling      Ind. Time Trial Final CP4     0:00 – 7:50      Ming Tombs Reservoir Road
 Cathal Miller          Cycling      Ind. Time Trial Final LC     0:00 – 7:50      Ming Tombs Reservoir Road
 Catherine Walsh +      Cycling      Ind. Time Trial Final         0:00 – 7:50      Ming Tombs Reservoir Road
 Joanna Hickey                       B&VI (-)
 Michael Delaney +      Cycling      Ind. Time Trial Final         0:00 – 7:50      Ming Tombs Reservoir Road
 David Peelo                         B&VI (-)
 Amy Kelehan + John     Sailing      Scud8 Race 9,0              :00 – 7:00      Qingdao Olympic Sailing
 Twomey                                                                               Centre
 Paul McCarthy, Paul    Sailing      Sonar Race 9,0               :00 – 7:00      Qingdao Olympic Sailing
 Ryan + Richard                                                                       Centre
 Whealey
 Sean Heary             Archery      Ind. Compound Open.           4.00 - 5.0      Olympic Green Archery Field
                                     /4 Final*
 Football 7 a side      Football     Ireland V Great Britain       5.45 - 7.00      Olympic Green Hockey Field A
 Boccia Team            Boccia       Team BC/BC2 Gold             5:45 – 7:0      Fencing Hall of National
                                     Medal Match*                                     Convention Centre
 Stephen Campbell       Swimming     00m FS Final S*            7:00 – 2:00      National Aquatic Centre
 Hannah Clarke          Swimming     00m BRS Final SB5*           7:00 – 2:00      National Aquatic Centre
 Patrice Dockery        Athletics    00m T5 Final*               7:00 – 22:0      National Stadium
* Subject to progression through the competition




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     Day 7 Saturday 13th September

      Athlete                 Sport          Event                  Time             Location
      Jason Smyth             Athletics      00 m T Heat         09.00 - .0.   National Stadium
      Amy Kelehan + John      Sailing        Scud8 Race          :00 – 7:00    Qingdao Olympic Sailing
      Twomey                                                                         Centre
      Paul McCarthy, Paul     Sailing        Sonar Race           :00 – 7:00    Qingdao Olympic Sailing
      Ryan + Richard                                                                 Centre
      Whealey
      Jason Smyth             Athletics      00m T Final*        7:00 – 2:00    National Stadium
      Sean Heary              Archery        Ind. Compound Open.    4.00 - 5.40    Olympic Green Archery Field
                                             Semi-final*
      Sean Heary              Archery        Ind. Compound Open.    4.00 - 5.40    Olympic Green Archery Field
                                             Open final*
     * Subject to progression through the competition

     Day 8 Sunday 14th September

      Athlete                 Sport          Event                  Time             Location
      Jonathan Cummings       Swimming       400m FS Heats S6       09:00 – :5    National Aquatic Centre
      Darragh McDonald        Swimming       400m FS Heats S6       09:00 – :5    National Aquatic Centre
      Patrice Dockery         Athletics      200m T5 Round        9.00 - .5     National Stadium
      Eimear Breathnach       T Tennis       Team F-              0.00 - 5.00    Peking University Gym
      + Kathleen Reynolds                    Quarterfinal*
      Cathal Miller           Cycling        Ind. Road Race Final   0:00 – 7:50    Ming Tombs Reservoir Road
                                             LC/LC2/CP4
      Enda Smyth              Cycling        Ind. Road Race Final   0:00 – 7:50    Ming Tombs Reservoir Road
                                             LC/LC2/CP4
      Michael Delaney +       Cycling        Ind. Road Race Final   0:00 – 7:50    Ming Tombs Reservoir Road
      David Peelo                            B&VI (-)
      Catherine Walsh +       Cycling        Ind. Road Race Final   0:00 – 7:50    Ming Tombs Reservoir Road
      Joanna Hickey                          B&VI (-)
      Eimear Breathnach       T Tennis       Team F- Semifinal*   6:0 – 2:0    Peking University Gym
      + Kathleen Reynolds


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 Athlete                Sport        Event                     Time               Location
 Jonathan Cummings      Swimming     400m FS Final S6*         7:00 – 2:0      National Aquatic Centre
 Darragh McDonald       Swimming     400m FS Final S6*         7:00 – 2:0      National Aquatic Centre
 Football 7 a side      Football     Semi-Final*               TBC                Olympic Green Hockey Field A
 Catherine Wayland      Athletics    Discus F2-4/5-5       7:00 – 22:0      National Stadium
                                     Final
 Patrice Dockery        Athletics    200m T5 Final*           7:00 – 22:0      National Stadium
 Patrice Dockery        Athletics    800m T5 Round           7:00 – 22:0      National Stadium
* Subject to progression through the competition

Day 9 Monday 15th September

 Athlete                Sport        Event                     Time               Location
 Jason Smyth            Athletics    200m T Round           09:00 – :0      National Stadium
 John McCarthy          Athletics    Club F2/5               09:00 – :0      National Stadium
 Eimear Breathnach      T Tennis     Team F- Final &         6:0 – 22:45      Peking University Gym
 + Kathleen Reynolds                 Bronze Medal*
 Patrice Dockery        Athletics    200m T5 Final*           09.00 - .0      National Stadium
* Subject to progression through the competition

Day 10         Tuesday 16th September

 Athlete                Sport        Event                     Time               Location
 Roy Guerin             Athletics    00m T5 Rd *            09.00 - .5      National Stadium
 Orla Barry             Athletics    Discus F57/58             7.00 - 22.5      National Stadium
 Jason Smyth            Athletics    200m T Final*           7:00 – 2:00      National Stadium
 Roy Guerin             Athletics    00m T5 Final            7:00 – 2:00      National Stadium
 Football 7 a side      Football     Classification Match/     TBC                Olympic Green Hockey Field A
                                     Gold Medal Match
Subject to progression through the competition




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     Football 7-a-side

     The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Football 7-a-side eight (8) team tournament will comprise the following two
     (2) groups of qualified NPC teams.

      Group A                           Group B
      Russia                            Iran
      Brazil                            Ukraine
      Netherlands                       Great Britain
      China                             Ireland


     The rankings were based on the results obtained at the 2007 CPISRA Football 7-a-Side World Championship
     and in consideration of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Qualification Criteria Host Country Allocation. The
     method of allocation was as follows:

      Group A                           Group B
      st Ranked                        2nd Ranked
      4th Ranked                        rd Ranked
      5th Ranked                        7th Ranked
      Host Country                      8th Ranked




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Competition Schedule Football 7 a side
Day 2 Monday:(8/9) Session FT01 Start: 9:00 End: 17:00 Olympic Park Hockey Field 1
09:00-0:5    Men’s Preliminaries Pool A-Game Russia-China
:5-2:0    Men’s Preliminaries Pool A-Game 2 Brazil-Netherlands
:0-4:45    Men’s Preliminaries Pool B- Game  Iran-Ireland
5:45-7:00    Men’s Preliminaries Pool B-Game 4 Ukraine-Great Britain

Day 4 Wednesday:(10/9) Session FT02 Start: 9:00 End: 17:00 Olympic Park Hockey Field 1
09:00-0:5   Men’s Preliminaries Pool B-Game 5 Iran-Great Britain
:5-2:0   Men’s Preliminaries Pool B-Game 6 Ukraine-Ireland
:0-4:45   Men’s Preliminaries Pool A- Game 7 Russia-Netherlands
5:45-7:00   Men’s Preliminaries Pool A- Game 8 Brazil-China

Day 6 Friday:(12/9) Session FT03 Start: 9:00 End: 17:00 Olympic Park Hockey Field 1
09:00-0:5     Men’s Preliminaries Pool A- Game 9 Russia-Brazil
:5-2:0     Men’s Preliminaries Pool A- Game 0 Netherlands-China
:0-4:45     Men’s Preliminaries Pool B-Game  Iran-Ukraine
5:45-7:00     Men’s Preliminaries Pool B-Game 2 Great Britain-Ireland

Day 8 Sunday:(14/9) Session FT04 Start: 9:00 End: 17:00 Olympic Park Hockey Field 1
09:00-0:5    Men’s Semifinal -Game  rd place GA-4th place GB
:0-2:45    Men’s Semifinal 2-Game 4 4th place GA- rd place GB
4:00-5:5    Men’s Semifinal -Game 5 2nd place GA-st place GB
6:0-7:45    Men’s Semifinal 4-Game 6 st place GA-2nd place GB

Day 10 Tuesday:(16/9) Session FT05 Start: 9:00 End: 18:00 Olympic Park Hockey Field 1
09:00-0:5    Men’s 7-8 Classification Match- Game 7 loser Game-loser Game4
:0-2:45    Men’s 5-6 Classification Match- Game 8 Winner Game-Winner Game4
4:00-5:5    Men’s Bronze Medal Match - Game 9 Loser Game 5 - Loser Game 6
6:0-7:45    Men’s Gold Medal Match- Game 20 Winner Game 5- Winner Game 6
8:00-8:0    Men’s MC




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     Paralympic Sport Contacts
     Paralympic Council of Ireland                                 Cycling
     Sport HQ,                                                     Cycling Ireland
     Joyce Way                                                     Kelly / Roche House,
     Parkwest Business Park,                                       69 North Circular Road, Dublin 
     Clondalkin,                                                   Tel:            (0) 855522
     Dublin 2.                                                    Fax:            (0) 85577
     Tel:          0 62575                                      Email:          ceo@cyclingireland.ie
     Fax:          0 62576                                      Web:            www.cyclingireland.ie
     E-mail:       info@pcireland.ie
     Website:      www.pcireland.ie
                                                                   Equestrian
                                                                   Horse Sport Ireland
     IPC – International Paralympic Committee                      Address: st Floor, Beeech House,
     Adenauerallee 22-24                                         Millenium Park, Osberstown, Naas,
     5 Bonn                                                    Co. Kildare
     Germany                                                       Tel:           (045) 850800 Fax: (045) 850850
     Telephone     +49-228-2097-200                                Email:         dmcdonald@horsesportireland.ie
     Fax           +49-228-2097-209                                Web:           www.horsesportireland.ie
     E-mail        info@paralympic.org
     Website       www.paralympic.org
                                                                   Sailing
                                                                   Irish Sailing Association
     Blind Sports                                                   Park Road, Dun Laoghaire,
     Irish Blind Sports                                            Co. Dublin
     5 Lower George’s Street,                                    Tel:            (0) 280029
     Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin                                     Fax:            (0) 2807558
     Tel:           (0) 20208                                   Email:          bernadette@sailing.ie
     Fax:           (0) 24865                                   Web:            www.sailing.ie
     Email:         neil@ibsports.ie

                                                                   Wheelchair Sports
     Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland                                  Irish Wheelchair Association - Sport
     Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland                                  Sports Section, Aras Chuchulain,
     Sport HQ,                                                     Blackheath Drive, Clontarf, Dublin 
      Joyce Way,                                                 Tel:          (0) 886452
     Park West,                                                    Fax:          (0) 85256
     Dublin 2                                                     Email:        mairead.farquharson@iwa.ie
     Web:           www.cerebralpalsysportireland.com              Web:          www.iwasport.com



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Team Ireland Media Service
During the Games a full media service will be provided
from Beijing by the Irish Paralympic media team:

 John Fulham                                              Print
 Paralympic Council of Ireland
                                                          Results of all Irish competitors will be issued with a
 Communications Officer
                                                          daily report to all national and regional media outlets.
 communications@pcireland.ie
 087-270982
                                                          Pictures
                                                          Images of the Irish team in action each day will be
 Sinéad McElroy
                                                          provided reproduction fee free by Brian Lawless,
 Irish Sports Council
                                                          Sportsfile www.sportsfile.com or 0-4547400
 Communications Officer
                                                          Stock training pictures and headshots of all the team
 smcelroy@irishsportscouncil.ie                           are available reproduction fee free from Sportsfile.
 087-6852

                                                          Audio
                                                          Daily mini-interviews with Team Ireland athletes will
                                                          be provided and available to download from
                                                          www.pcireland.ie and www.irishsportscouncil.ie


                                                          TV
                                                          RTE Sport will be broadcasting six evening shows
                                                          from Beijing on September 6th, 8th, 0th, 2th, 4th,
                                                          and 7th. Visit www.rte.ie/sport for more details.


                                                          Web
                                                          Daily news, pictures and audio from the Games on
                                                          www.pcireland.ie and www.irishsportscouncil.ie
                                                          Official Games site
                                                          http://en.paralympic.beijing2008.cn/
                                                          Keep an eye on www.rte.ie/sport for athlete blogs,
                                                          news, audio and footage from the Games




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     Next Generation - Paralions
     Once every four years we are granted the privilege              A key element of this process is the Outreach
     of witnessing a spectacle of sporting endeavour                 Feature where Irish Paralympic athletes will visit
     and achievement that is unsurpassed by any other                targeted centres or locations, offering young people
     sporting event, namely the Paralympic Games. Athletes           an opportunity to meet and talk with their role
     from around the world will come together under the              models, sharing experiences that can lead to belief
     banner of representing their country, showcasing                and encourage the dream of becoming an Irish
     their talents, competing to be crowned the best, a              Paralympian at the London 202 Games or beyond.
     Paralympic Champion.                                            Every person will also receive a Paralions T-shirt
                                                                     and resource pack as a reminder of visit, which will
     Through competing and representing their country,               also contain the necessary information on Paralympic
     Irish athletes naturally become role models for those           Sports and how to get involved.
     at home who dare to dream, their successes inspiring
     another generation to believe that one day, they too            Four years from now, when we look back on Beijing
     can take their place in the annals of Irish sporting            and forward to the London Paralympic Games, we will
     history.                                                        no doubt see a burgeoning wealth of new talent who
                                                                     have started on the road to sporting success. It is our
     A Paralympic Games year provides a fantastic                    belief that some of these people who will start down
     opportunity to target young people, their parents,              the road of living their dream, will be members of the
     families and friends in order to encourage                      Irish Paralympic Team for London.
     participation in Paralympic sport at an early age.
     In order to harness the potential of this sporting              Should you know or be aware of someone who you
     spectacle, the Paralympic Council of Ireland in                 believe has undiscovered potential, who would enjoy
     consultation with the athletes of the Irish Paralympic          and benefit from participation on sport, please contact
     Team for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, brought             us. Irelands sporting future rests firmly in our hands.
     in to being the PARALIONS programme.
                                                                     For more Information on PARALIONS call the
     The aims of the PARALIONS programme is to                       Paralympic Councl of Ireland at 0-62575 or
     encourage the next generation of Irish athletes                 alternatively e-mail info@pcireland.ie
     with disabilities into sport by providing the essential
     information about how they can go about accessing
     Paralympic sport in Ireland. Supported by National
     Governing Bodies and Sports Development Officers,
     the programme aims to commence the building of
     a database of information on young people with
     disabilities in Ireland as the first step in developing a
     Talent ID programme for Paralympic Sport.




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  West End Office Park
         Blanchardstown
               Dublin 15
             t 860 8800
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support to the Irish team at
supporttheteam@pcireland.ie
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This guide was produced on behalf
of the Paralympic Council of Ireland
by the Irish Sports Council.
Pictures courtesy of Sportsfile.