The Sligo connection

Published 18/12/2012 | 18:06

Pictured at the international standard running track at IT Sligo are: Dr Carlos Gonzalez, former first team physiologist for Real Madrid and Head Physiologist with ORRECO; Clodagh Watters, ORRECO; and Dr Brian Moore, Founder and MD of ORRECO.

ORRECO, a company based in IT Sligo's Innovation Centre which provides an applied bio marker (blood and saliva) testing service for elite athletes around the world, is part of the team behind athlete Fionnuala Britton's huge success in the European Cross Country championships in Budapest.

Fionnuala made history when she became the first woman to successfully retain her European Cross Country title. She won two gold medals at the event, one in the Senior Women's race and the other as a member of the overall winning team at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships.

Founded by sports scientist Dr Brian Moore, and consultant physician, Dr Andrew Hodgson in 2009, ORRECO provide biomarker analysis for World Class athletes to help them reach peak performance.

Members of the ORRECO team have worked with multiple World and Olympic Champions including the prestigious Nike Oregon Track Club, British Olympic Sailing Squad and athletes of the calibre of Padraig Harrington, Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah.

The company's advanced blood and saliva testing helps athletes reach peak performance, protects sports men and women from overtraining syndrome and helps reduce the number of training days lost to illness and infection. Fionnuala Britton and her coach Chris Jones have paid tribute to ORRECO;

The ORRECO team includes physiologists, medical doctors, biomedical scientists, biostatisticians, and clinical and performance nutritionists. A key part of the service is an early warning signal for athletes who may be in danger of over-training. "We were delighted, but not surprised, to see Fionnuala produce this stunning performance in Budapest, retaining her European Cross Country Championship," he said. "Chris is widely acknowledged as a truly world class coach and when his skill-set is allied with Fionnuala's prodigious talent, dedication and hard work, you have a winning combination. It is a privilege to be a part of their support team".

While based at IT Sligo's Innovation Centre, the company has partner analysis sites around the world, supporting athletes training in bases globally, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, London, Sydney, Brisbane, Oregon, Florida and San Francisco. ORRECO came through Enterprise Ireland's Propel Programme with the support of the Innovation Centre at IT Sligo.

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