Former Roscommon ladies’ footballer Richael Timothy is travelling to the Netherlands this week to compete at the UCI Paracycling World Championships in Emmen.
With qualification points on offer for the 2020 Toyko Paralympic Games, Richael, who will compete in the WC3 category in the women’s road race and time trial, will be targeting another solid series of performances as she tries to cement her place on the Ireland team’s ticket to Japan next year.
“These World Championships carry a heavy weighting of importance and significance for us not only as a key objective for 2019 but as a crucial Tokyo 2020 qualifier. We are happy to provide the opportunity to a large team that is well represented across multiple classes which we hope enhances our prospects of securing good points to feed into the qualification of Nations Slots for the Paralympic Games,” said Ccling Ireland National Performance Coach, Neill Delahaye.
Richael was forced to retire from Gaelic football at 21 years of age because of epilepsy, but has found a new lease of life in paracycling.