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New Paratriathlon Training in Antrim

Sunday Training

We are happy to announce our new Paratriathlon Training Days in Antrim. With the help of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council we now have a venue in Antrim where athletes can take part in Paratriathlon training. Training is on one Sunday in each month.  There is no obligation or commitment required or any cost incurred. All we need is an email prior to the day informing us that you will be attending.

Schedule is as follows:

09:00 am - 10:00 am  Swim -  Valley Leisure Centre  

10:30 am - 11:30 am Run -  V36 - behind Valley Leisure Centre

11:30 Turbo's/de-brief

12:00 Home


Valley Leisure Centre

Church Road,


BT36 7LJ

Tel: 028 9086 1211


Equipment Required:

  • Swim gear

  • Run gear

  • Bike (not essential)

  • Turbo (with correct skewers) (not essential)

Please feel free to share the details with anyone who may be interested in taking part.

Donnacha McCarthy Achieves 2nd in Naas Duathlon


Race Report - Donnacha McCarthy

My race season kicked off in Punchestown Racecourse with race 1 of the Naas Duathlon Series consisting of a 3.5K run, 20K cycle and a final 3.5K run.

One of my major worries was out of the way on Sunday morning given the unpredictability of Irish weather in mid-January. Race conditions were as good as I could have hoped, overall calm and warmish with a slight headwind. With Dave Tilley on guiding duty for the race, I was all set!

Run 1 was a baptism of fire with a mass start and a narrow course not ideal for a blind athlete... We were boxed in for most of the first 2K and unable to hit our stride, but Dave done a great job spotting the openings in the crowd and shouting at slower runners to move when required, the final K opened up and we stormed into T1 ready to make up some lost places on the cycle.

The cycle course was quite challenging with some sharp corners and a rough slightly greasy surface but the tandem was put through its paces and we made up several positions in the first 5K settling into a steady rhythm after that. Kudos due to Dave for superb bike handling skills particularly on the extremely fast descents and tricky corners. We arrived back into T2, racked the bike and headed on run 2 which was a sea of calm compared to run 1. This time all I had to battle with was the jelly legs and the voices in the back of my head saying to slow down.

We landed back at the finish line in a time of 1:06:22 absolutely delighted to have finished our first race together and to bag 2nd place in the 25-29 age category. I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported us on the day as well as all the well-wishers before the race and of course to Dave Tilley who I couldn’t have done the race without.  Now… Bring on race 2 in the series!


Para Expo



Paralympics Ireland, in partnership with Mondelez International today announced that they will host the Irish Paralympic Sport Expo on Saturday January 14th 2017 at the new National Indoor Arena on the National Sports Campus.

This free of charge day-long event will showcase a wide range of Paralympic sports in a bid to attract new people and potential talent into the sports, with the vast majority of Ireland’s 2016 Paralympic team set to be in attendance also.

2016 Paralympians cyclist Peter Ryan, and discus thrower Niamh McCarthy who won silver in Rio, were on hand at the National Indoor Arena today to mark the announcement. Both athletes attended a similar event held by Paralympics Ireland post London 2012 and essentially their careers in their respective Para sports began from there.

Speaking at the announcement McCarthy said; “I came to the event four years ago and after some initial testing by the athletics team on the day & further follow ups I was selected for the Fast Track talent programme in place at the time. Ultimately after a lot of support, guidance and incredible amount of hard work over the intervening four years I found myself on the podium in Rio. That is obviously the dream scenario for anyone planning to attend this event in January but nonetheless I’d urge people to come along, meet the team, and try out some Para sports; it’s set to be a great day.”

Also speaking about the event Paralympics Ireland Chief Executive Liam Harbison said; “This event presents a great opportunity for all Para-sports in Ireland to capitalise on the massive interest generated by the performances of the Irish team at the Rio 2016 Games. It’s set to give young people with disabilities a chance to meet with the Irish team and try out sports most suited to their functional profile, hopefully leading to a longer term involvement.”

Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register by completing this form and doors will open at 10.30am with the event running until 4.30pm. Participants will be screened on arrival and directed to try out the sports most suited to them. The sports exhibition will run for the day with demonstrations of basketball and rugby for example ongoing, as well as athlete question and answer sessions.

Speaking about their sponsorship of the event Eoin Kellett, Managing Director of Mondelez International said; “The search for potential athletes for future Paralympic Games is crucial to the continued development of the Paralympic movement in Ireland. Mondelēz International is proud to sponsor this event. It offers the opportunity for those attending to experience different Paralympic sports, and meet with Irish medal winning Paralympians.”Ends.

For further information: Sinéad Naughton, Communications & Events Director, 087-6338512 /Niamh Buffini, performance & Operations Manager, 0857351929

Please note: Images of today’s announcement are available reproduction fee free from Sportsfile 01-4547400.

W: www.paralympics.ieF: @ParalympicsIRE

About Paralympics Ireland Paralympics Ireland is responsible for the preparation and management of the Irish team in the lead up to, and at each Paralympic Games, in addition to the development and implementation of the annual Paralympic performance plan funded by Sport Ireland. As the National Paralympic Committee of Ireland, Paralympics Ireland is also the governing body for the sports of Para Athletics and Para Swimming nationally

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What is the List? The List identifies substances and methods which you are banned from using under the anti-doping rules. It is updated, as a minimum, once a year. You must check the changes made each year so you do not inadvertently break the rules.

Remember you are solely responsible for any banned substance found in your system, regardless of how it got there, or whether there was an intention to cheat or not. The new 2017 Prohibited List is published annually in October to ensure you and your support personnel have sufficient time to make yourselves aware of the changes, review any current medications you use and apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if required.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has announced the 2017 Prohibited List, which will come into effect on 1 January 2017.  WADA Summary of Changes to 2017 Prohibited List

Please take time to refer to the current list for reference regarding prohibited items, as the status of items you have checked previously may have changed.

Always Check Medications Check all medications before use on Where to Check Medication even if you use a regular medication. Check any medications you currently use before the List changes on 1 January 2017.

Always Research Supplements Banned substances such as Delta 2 and higenamine can be found in supplements. WADA has stated that vitamin B12 is ok to take despite it containing cobalt, which is banned. Remember, if you wish to use, or are already using supplements, you must ensure that you carry out thorough research prior to use. No supplement product can ever guarantee it is free from banned substances. You must always assess the need, risk and consequences before making a decision to take a supplement.

More information please see TI Website / Resources / Anti-doping

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Pulse Port

Our Paratriathlete’s took part in the increasingly popular race in and around the flat and extremely quiet countryside near Clogherhead in Co, Louth.  
On the 17th September over 600 athletes came to take part in Pulse Port Beach Triathlon.

We would like to thank all our Paratriathlete’s who took part in the event and hope that they enjoyed the day as much as we did.

In the women’s race Catherine Walsh came in first place with a time of 01:10:27 followed by Caroline O’Leary who came second with a time of 01:32:44.

In the men’s category Bryce Irvine took first place with a time of 01:11:22.
Tojo Lazarri our upcoming development athlete came in second place with a time of 01:12:01 followed by Denton Howard in third place with a time of 01:24:12.

Triathlon Ireland would like to thank the organisers of Pulse Port Beach Triathlon for making the race a Para friendly race and we look forward to coming back next year. This year our Paratriathlete’s took part in many para friendly races including Loughrea, Caroline Kearney and Pulse Port and the Paratriathlon team would like to extend our thanks to all the organisers involved for making their races para friendly.

If you are looking for any tips and advice on how your race can be more para friendly for next year please do not hesitate to contact us. You can email

To watch highlights of the day click onto the Youtube Video.


Catherine Walsh Rio Finish Line

Catherine Walsh and her guide Fran Meehan made history this year, becoming Ireland's first ever Paratriathlete’s to compete in the Paralympic Games. This year on Copabana Beach in Rio, Brazil the duo competed in the PT5 classification of the triathlon event.

Walsh and Meehan started off the race with the 750m swim in the sea at Copacabana beach.  They emerged from the water with a time of 17:23. On the bike, they showed skill and determination putting in the fourth quickest bike split of the day. The 5km run was a tight battle between Walsh, Atsuko Yamada of Japan and Christine Robbins of Canada but by the finish line it was our Irish ladies who pulled ahead and they finished in 8th place overall with a time of 1hr 22mins 25secs. The girls achieved their personal best in the swim which was a great achievement for them both. They also had a great bike split and  managed to pull back a place on the run.

Triathlon Ireland would like to say a huge congratulations to the girls for making history with Triathlon Ireland, and for such a fantastic job on their race in Rio, Brazil. We would also like to congratulate them on all their efforts and how far they have come in such a short space of time. Triathlon Ireland would also like to thank everyone involved, coaches, staff, team members and stakeholders who made this possible and worked with us towards Triathlon Ireland’s goal to have an Irish Paratriathlete compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil and making history for our sport.


Catherine Walsh had a message to share after the race:

"It's been such a challenge I would just say to anybody who's at home - the first time I did the swim it took me over 30mins so this has not been easy so don't sit on the couch, get out there, able body, paralympic, just do it."

Catherine and Fran


Results from the race are available on the Rio Paralympic Website

You can watch the highlights of the race on RTE Player