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Wheelchair Athletics Programme

Wheelchair Athletics Programme 

Cork Sports Partnership coordinated an 8 week Wheelchair Track Athletics programme at Cork Institute of Technology during July & August. A total of 12 athletes participated in the programme which introduced wheelchair users to track athletics with the aim of increasing their fitness levels.

Elaine Corkery was one of the participants on the programme and she said “I was interested in participating in the wheelchair track athletics programme as I was looking for a sport which I would enjoy but would also be suitable for my needs.  The coach’s ran a fantastic programme catering to a variety of ages and fitness levels.  I felt there was a great balance on the programme of fun while improving our fitness levels.”

She continued “participants were well taken care of on the programme, each week one of the coaches would ask us how we felt after the class the week before, if we were tired or sore etc. , they always ensured that we did stretches and a proper warm up before getting down to business!  It was great to see as the weeks went on, rapport building between the participants and a little dose of some healthy competition!  I benefited greatly from participating in the programme, I was introduced to a sport that I was a bit nervous about previously in a very supportive and encouraging way.  I got to know some fantastic people and the programme has motivated me to become involved with other wheelchair sports.  As my fitness levels have improved I can now go with friends when they are going for a jog.  If the programme was run again I would recommend it to other wheelchair users.”         

Participants were delighted to meet Irish Paralympian Patrick Monahan who attended as a guest coach. Patrick represented Ireland at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and the IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London this summer. His coaching tips and advice were very well received by all participants.

Below are a snapshot of photos from the programme.    

 

   

Nathan Kirwan receives some coaching tips from Paralympian Patrick Monahan.

 

 

Athletes with Paralympian Patrick Monahan & coach Olivia Walsh 

 

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