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Kinsale Yacht Club Trio Aim for Rio Paralympic Sailing Qualification in Nova Scotia

18th August 2014
Kinsale Yacht Club Trio Aim for Rio Paralympic Sailing Qualification in Nova Scotia

#paralympicsailing – Kinsale Yacht Club's John Twomey, Ian Costello and Austin O'Carroll will represent Ireland tomorrow in the three-man Sonar class tomorrow at the Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. They will compete in the six day regatta against 16 of the world's best Paralympic sailing teams from 12 other nations.

The event serves as the first qualifying event for the discipline, with the top seven nations earning their country's place at the Games in Rio in two years' time.

John Twomey from Ballinhassig, Co. Cork, John will draw on his extensive experience to lead his two crewmen, having represented Ireland in a record-breaking 10 consecutive Paralympic Games. His teammate Ian Costello from Killorgan in Co. Kerry is also no stranger to international competition having sailed with John in his first Paralympics in 2012 where they finished 11th overall. This will be Dubliner Austin O'Carroll's first major international event having joined the team late last year.

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