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PARALYMPIC COUNCIL OF IRELAND ANNOUNCES IRISH TEAM FOR 2011 IPC ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
The Paralympic Council of Ireland today officially announced the Irish team for the 2011 IPC World Athletics Championships. Nine Irish athletes will represent Ireland at the forthcoming Championships, to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 21st – 30th January 2011.
 
The team will be led by Head of Paralympic Athletics, James Nolan and comprises nine new and experienced athletes and includes Beijing 2008 Paralympic Gold Medallists Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop. Speaking on the team announcement Team Manager, James Nolan said: “I have been working with the athletes since my appointment as Head of Paralympic Athletics last April and it goes without saying that the Championships will be a tough event for our athletes. They are training and preparing well and I am confident they will perform to their abilities come January 21st.”  
 
Commenting on the announcement, Paralympic Council of Ireland C.E.O., Liam Harbison, said: “This is a very significant step for our athletics team on the road to London 2012. The team has a blend of experience and new blood and this will be a great experience for the new athletes. I wish James Nolan and his team every success in their continuing preparation over the winter months and for the Championships in January.”
 
The Irish team comprises nine athletes, across a range of disability groups, who will compete in the following events:
 
Catherine Wayland, New Ross, Co. Wexford
F51 Class – Discus and Club
 
Rosemary Tallon, Drogheda, Co. Louth
F52 Class – Shot and Discus
 
Orla Barry, Ladysbridge, Co. Cork
F57 Class - Discus
 
Michael McKillop, Ballymena, Co. Antrim
T37 Class, 800m & 1500m
 
Jason Smyth, Derry, Co. Derry, 
T13 Class, 100m &200m
 
Ailish Dunne, Mountmellick, Co. Laois
F11 Class, Shot
    
Nadine Lattimore, Clontarf, Dublin
F11 Class, Shot
 
Ray O’Dwyer, Hugginstown, Co. Kilkenny
F34 Class, Javelin & Shot
 
Garrett Culliton, Clonaslee, Co. Laois
F52 Class, Discus
 

 
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