Ken Cottrell from Glenmore will be heading to Guatemala on Friday to compete in the World Racquetball Championships.
Ken will be playing singles and doubles there, partnered by Eoin Tynan of Fethard, Co Tipperary, for the doubles. They will be coming up against some of the top professionals in the world.
Ireland are one only a few amateur teams taking part in the competition.
The opening ceremony will take place on Sunday evening at the Westin Hotel Camino Real in Guatemala City where Ken and Eoin will meet the other nations taking part.
Competition starts the next morning where Ireland will be placed into a group of four nations and play a round robin to determine seedlings for knockout stage of the Championships. Ireland will be a low seed for this group so will play some of the top nations. It’s then on the knockout stage to see how far Ireland can advance.
This will be Ken’s second World Championships having competed in Costa Rica three years ago with Ireland finishing 14th.
Ken also captained Team Ireland to gold medal in the European championships in Hamburg, Germany, two years ago where he took home a gold and a silver medal.