Team Ireland Para-Cycling World Championships in Holland

Senior physiotherapist and Team Ireland physio, Johnny Loughrey celebrated success with Team Ireland at the recent UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland. Team Ireland had a strong presence at the championships in the Netherlands, collecting a total of three medals.

Celebrating success was Irish female tandem team, Katie-George Dunleavy and Eve McCrystal who claimed bronze in the Women’s B 3k Individual Pursuit. The victory came after a nail-biting ride-off against neighbours and rivals, Team Great Britain. The girls were 1.5 seconds behind Great Britain; however with half a lap to go, they managed to take the lead by 0.3 seconds, claiming the medal with a narrow .101 of a second victory. Originally from Crawley in the UK, Katie-George Dunleavy has Donegal connections and declared for Ireland through her father’s Irish roots in Mountcharles.

Overall, Team Ireland had a great performance in the Netherlands with male tandem duo Peter Ryan and Damien Shaw also coming 8th in the Men’s 4k Pursuit. Galway native Eoghan Clifford, (Road and Time Trial World Champion), won the World Title in the Men’s C1-2-3 Scratch Race, as well as picking up bronze in the pursuit event. Colin Lynch also competed with Clifford but had to pull out after suffering a puncture in the closing lap of the race.

Johnny Loughrey from JT Physiotherapy has been working closely with Team Ireland this year and will be helping them in their attempt to bag some medals in Rio, Brazil in the 2016 Paralympic Games. Johnny said: “I’m delighted to be working with the Team Ireland Para-Cycling squad. They’re a fantastic bunch of athletes and I’m really enjoying the experience. The team delivered a superb performance in Apeldoorn and I want to give a particular mention to Katie-George Dunleavy, Katie-George was in crutches only 6 weeks before the Track World Championships, after tearing three ligaments and rupturing one ligament in her ankle. She worked really hard in the lead up to the games with her rehab and I’m delighted that all her hard work has paid off with a fantastic bronze medal”.

Johnny continued: ‘I want to congratulate all of the athletes on a great performance at the World Championships. Our attention now turns to preparing for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships taking place in Notwill, Switzerland, later this year.”

The UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will take place in Notwill, Switzerland from the 28th July – 2nd August 2015.

Johnny will also be flying out to the South Korean City of Gwangju for 2 weeks in July as part of a 4 person Physio team looking after the Irish Squad competing in the World university Games.

Good luck to all the Irish athletes taking part!

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