Paralympics Ireland have today announced that Paul Conneely has been appointed to the role of Lead Physiotherapist and Medical Services Co-Ordinator. In his new role Paul will be responsible for the co-ordination of athlete medical services, he will also be the lead physiotherapist as well as providing physiotherapy clinical support to elite para athletes.
Trinity College graduate, Paul Conneely, received his physiotherapy degree in 2004 before completing his Masters degree in Sports Medicine in 2006. Paul is also a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association of America.
Paul has a great deal of experience having worked with UCD Rugby, the Ireland International men’s hockey squad, Meath GAA Development Squads and he is also the current Physiotherapist to the national and regional squads for Swim Ireland. Paul has also been working in locum with Paralympics Ireland since September 2017.
Paul, who runs his own Physiotherapy practise in Dunboyne (www.pmcphysiotherapy.ie) is looking forward to taking up his new role ‘I feel I have a lot to offer to Paralympics Ireland from a Physiotherapy point of view but I am also very much looking forward to taking up the Medical Services Co-ordinator role which is a new departure for me but it is something that I feel I can make a really positive impact in. For me success is not just about seeing athletes secure medals, it is about knowing that I have put the best structures and systems in place for all of our athletes, that we are monitoring their illnesses and injuries and that they are at their physical peak prior to and during the Paralympic Games.’
Speaking about the appointment of Paul Conneely, Miriam Malone (CEO of Paralympics Ireland) said ‘We are very pleased to welcome Paul into the role of Lead Physiotherapist and Medical Services Provider. This is an important position that will have a direct impact on the performance of our athletes and their ability to compete at the highest level in Tokyo and beyond.’
David Malone, Performance Director for Paralympics Ireland said ‘This is an important appointment as we embark on our journey to Tokyo. Paul Conneely will be a key member of our team as we prepare our athletes for the Paralympic Games, I am very much looking forward to working closely with him in the coming years.’