Olympic appointment for Armagh squad physio

August 1, 2016

The Armagh senior team physiotherapist, Paul Carragher has travelled to Rio with the Irish Athletic squad for the forthcoming Olympic Games, which begin this Friday 5th August.  The Newtownhamilton father-of-three spent the last week at the training camp in Uberlandia, preparing for the arrival of the athletes this weekend.

Paul, who works at Windsor Hill Physiotherapy in Newry, will spend three weeks working specifically with the track and field team in Brazil.  He and fellow physio Emma Galvin will be based at the Holding Camp in Uberlandia and will make the hour-long flight to Rio when needed.

A total of 17 Irish athletes have qualified for the Olympics – 3 in the women’s steeplechase, 1 in the women’s 800m, 1 in the women’s 1500m, 1 in the women’s pole vault, 1 in the men’s 800m, 1 in the men’s 400m hurdles, 3 in both the women’s and men’s marathon and 3 race walkers. Modern Pentathlon also have 2 athletes qualified for the Olympics who are also based at the Uberlandia Holding Camp.

Paul has been working with the Irish Athletic Squad since 2012 and will help prepare them for their events, staying in Brazil until the final athletes, the marathon runners, are ready when he will fly to Rio for the last event of the Games.

Speaking to The Examiner about his exciting Olympics stint, Paul revealed this is not the first time he has been involved in such high profile events, having just returned from an eight day athletic meet in Tbilisi, Georgia for the European Athletics Youth Championships.

In the past few years he has also worked with the Irish Squad at the World Indoor Championships, the World Cross-country Championships in Zurich and a host of Youth and Junior Championships.

The south Armagh man is best known locally for his involvement with the Armagh Senior GAA squad with whom he has worked with for the last eight years, having worked with the Armagh Minors from 2004 to 2008. His extensive experience as a team physio in elite sports has seen him work with the Ulster Youth, U20s and junior rugby teams, the Ireland U20 basketball team, the Northern Ireland volleyball team, the Irish Senior High performance athletics squads and Irish Senior High Performance boxing squads.

He has high hopes of Olympic medal success for the Irish Athletics squad in Rio and pointed out a Newry connection in the women’s marathon team.

“Breege Connolly, originally from Leitrim, has been working in Newry for quite a while now and is being coached by Mullaghbawn doctor (and former Belfast Marathon winner and record holder) Marty Deane,” he revealed.

The highly experienced physio, who has also competed in various Ironman Triathlons over the years, is delighted to be in Rio with the Irish track and field team and is committed to helping them have every chance of medal success in the most intense competition of their sporting lives.