Pathway to Paris Workshop II


The second workshop Pathway to Paris series took place this weekend on April 15th at the Sport Ireland Institute with a great turn out in person and online for these integral workshops.

There were four sessions with a focus on communications and media skills, sport science, performance preparation and sport science. Speakers on the day included:

Derek Kinnevey: Communications & Marketing Manager, Paralympics Ireland

Dr. Ciara Sinnott O’ Connor: Performance Physiologist, Sport Institute Ireland

Dr. Emma Saunders: Performance Life Skills, Sport Institute Ireland

Neasa Russell: Chef de Mission, Paralympics Ireland

Recently retired Paralympic sprinter Jason Smyth delivered a stimulating talk on “Preparing to Perform” with some excellent offerings from his vast experience on the principles to guide athletes through their respective qualifying campaigns.

The Pathway to Paris is a holistic series of workshops for our ‘Paris Generation’. Speaking about the event Chef de Mission, Neasa Russell said “We were delighted to welcome back our Para sport people to the Sport Ireland Institute on Saturday. This was the second workshop in our Pathway to Paris series and focussed on preparing to perform – for both athletes and coaches.

We were fortunate to be able to hear from our Sport Ireland Institute practitioners on topics such as heat strategies and life skills and also lean into the experience of Jason Smyth on the topic of performance planning.

These workshops are a forum for us not only to learn from the best, but to build relationships and learn from each other as we aim to perform to our potential at Paris 2024.”

The next Pathway to Paris workshop will take place on June 24th, 2023.

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