Michael McKillop, Greta Streimikyte, Mary Fitzgerald, Jordan Lee, David Leavy and Niamh McCarthy have been named in the Irish team to compete at the World Para Athletics European Championships.
The tournament, which runs from from 1-5 June at the Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will serve as one last key opportunity for athletes to get back competing on the international stage against athletes in similar classes, which have been extremely limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fitzgerald will make her debut appearance at a European Championships after appearing at the World Championships in 2019 in the F40 shot put, which was her first appearance at a major Para competition.
The Kilkenny native will be joined by Lee, who won bronze in the T47 high jump at the 2018 edition of the European Championships, and will set his sights on a podium place.
McKillop will feature in the T38 1500m. The Rio 2016 gold medallist will utilize the compeition as a final opportunity to compete internationally before the team announcement for the Paralympic Games.
McCarthy (above) will compete in the F41 discus.
Her last appearance earned a bronze medal in the 2019 World Championships, a result which also secured a crucial slot for Team Ireland at the 2020 Paralympic Games.
The six-person team will also include Streimikyte and Leavy, both competing in the 1500m in their respected classes.
Speaking on the announcement, Head of Para Athletics, James Nolan said: "It is great to have an opportunity to compete again on the international stage.
"It has been a difficult year; however, the athletes have shown their dedication and commitment throughout. They are ready, in very good shape and will represent their country with pride in Poland."
?? The World Para Athletics Championships will take place from 1-5 June in Bydgoszcz, Poland.— Paralympics Ireland (@ParalympicsIRE) May 26, 2021
Four time Paralympic Gold medalist, Michael McKillop will feature for #TeamIreland
Name ?? Michael McKillop
Class ?? T37/38
Hometown ?? Co. Antrim
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