Thursday 19 October 2017

McDonald and Keane lead Irish Paralympic team for Glasgow

Ellen Keane: hoping to qualify for a third Paralympics
Ellen Keane: hoping to qualify for a third Paralympics
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Double Paralympians Darragh McDonald and Ellen Keane head up the six-strong Irish team that will compete in the World Swimming Championships in Glasgow from July 13-19.

The team also includes London Paralympians James Scully and Jonathan McGrath and teenagers Ailbhe Kelly and Nicole Turner.

Manager Hayley Burke sees these championships as ideal preparation for Rio 2016.

"The world's best swimmers will all be in Glasgow and there's no better chance for our athletes to benchmark themselves against them," he enthused.

"Should they swim to their potential, we are hopeful of making the podium and seeing some lifetime-best swims."

Swimmers who win gold and silver in Glasgow will earn automatic qualification for Rio 2016. For the others, the highest possible finish is vital as the remaining slots are allocated based on world rankings next year.

Irish Independent

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