Paralympics Ireland hosted its first “Pathway to Paris” workshop on Saturday, February 25th in collaboration with the Sport Ireland Institute welcoming over 40 athletes, coaches, performance support practitioners and support staff both in person and online.
The workshop, which is the first in a series, placed a strong emphasis on creating an environment where people could build relationships, learn from each other and focus on how best to plan for their Paris 2024 campaign.
There were two keynote sessions focussing on Performance Nutrition, with performance nutritionist David Tobin, and Performance Psychology with Dr. Ciara Losty from the Sport Ireland Institute.
In addition to this the athletes and coaches from the nine different sports in attendance were brought through what it takes to qualify for Paris 2024 and how to map out their respective qualifying campaigns by Paralympics Ireland staff.
Speaking about the event Chef de Mission, Neasa Russell said “We were thrilled with the energy and enthusiasm of the attendees at our inaugural Pathway to Paris workshop.
Pathway to Paris is a holistic series of workshops for our ‘Paris Generation’ and our first workshop focussed on ‘What it takes to Qualify for Paris 2024’. We placed a big emphasis on creating an environment where people could build relationships, learn from each other and focus on how best to plan for their Paris 2024 campaign.
We will look to build on the learning opportunities for our next workshop, on April 15th, which looks to support athletes and coaches on how they can prepare to perform to their best this coming competition and qualifying season.“