Keane to Link up with Team Ireland for World Championships

22 July 2021; Swimmer Ellen Keane during a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Team Announcement at Abbotstown in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

The five members of Team Ireland that will represent Ireland at the Para Swimming World Championships has been announced today. Ellen Keane, Nicole Turner, Barry McClements, Róisín Ní Riain and Amy Sheridan will be the five athletes that will chase world championships success for Team Ireland. The team will depart for a training camp on Tuesday, May 31st, in Fuerteventura before transferring to Madeira in Portugal where they will compete at the Penteada Swimming Pool Complex from June 12-18th.


 Ellen Keane will link up with the team at a later stage after having contracted Covid 19. The Paralympic Champion has been working remotely with Team Ireland coaching and medical staff to ensure that she has overcome the virus and is fit and safe to join up with her team mates after she has returned consecutive negative tests.


 Paralympic Silver medallist, Nicole Turner, will be making her return to major international competition at the World championships and will be joined by fellow Paralympians Barry McClements and Róisín Ní Riain who will hope to build on their debut Paralympic Games as they continue their development at the World Championships. There will also be a major championships debut for young talent, Amy Sheridan who will be making her first appearance for Team Ireland. And has been given the additional honour of being the flag bearer for Team Ireland at the opening ceremony.


Speaking about the announcement of Team Ireland, Para Swimming Performance Director Dave Malone said “We are very much looking forward to competing at the World Championships. Our swimmers are excited to get back into the pool and begin their journey towards Paris 2024. I am particularly happy to see Amy Sheridan make her first appearance as a member of Team Ireland and begin what will be a long career as part of the team.”


Speaking about Ellen Keane Malone said “We have been working with Ellen using what we have learned over the past few years to help mitigate the impact of the virus on her preparation for the competition. Ellen will now continue her preparation whilst in isolation and will join with the rest of the team when it is safe to do so. Our medical team are providing the best possible advice and we are hoping that Ellen will be able to get into the pool and put in her best possible performances.”


Team Ireland-Para Swimming World Championships, Madeira 2022


Ellen Keane (NAC Swim Club); Paralympic Gold Medal (Tokyo 2020), Paralympic Bronze Medal (Rio 2016), 4 x World Championship Bronze Medals, 1 x European Championship Gold Medal, 1 x European Championships Bronze Medal

Barry McClements (NAC Swim Club); Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Róisín Ní Riain (Limerick Swim Club); Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Amy Sheridan (NAC Swim Club)

Nicole Turner (NAC Swim Club); Paralympic Silver Medal (Tokyo 2020), European Championships 2016 2 x silver & 1 x bronze medal, European Championships 2018 1 x silver medal, European Championships 2 x silver medals 2 x bronze medals.

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