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More Than Sport – Support Team Ireland at Rio 2016

Paralympics Ireland

  • 44.72% funded
  • € 11,180.00 pledged
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Our ‘More Than Sport’ crowdfunding campaign aims to raise €25,000 to support Ireland’s elite Paralympic athletes as they prepare for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September.

After the heights of London 2012, 46 athletes across 10 sports will compete against the world once more – striving for personal best performances and to climb the podium.

Supporting the 2016 Irish Paralympic Team

State funding provided €1.28 million for Paralympics Ireland this year but the cost of leading Team Ireland to Rio 2016 is enormous. We’re asking the public to help us on our way to raising an additional €500,000 overall in 2016 so we can fully support Irish Paralympic athletes on their quest for success.

The proceeds from this crowdfunding campaign and other events will go towards final team preparations: from athlete coaching to travel costs; sports-science/medical support to competitive kit. All support will help our athletes deliver their absolute best in competition.

Ireland’s Paralympic athletes are more than elite athletes with a disability. They are extraordinary sportspeople and ambassadors who deserve the nation’s support.

Athletes representing Ireland at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • Athletics: Jason Smyth, Michael McKillop, Deirdre Mongan, Orla Barry, Noelle Lenihan, Niamh McCarthy, Orla Comerford, Paul Keogan, Patrick Monahan, Greta Streimikyte.
  • Canoeing: Pat O’Leary.
  • Cycling: Eoghan Clifford, Katie-George Dunlevy with pilot Eve McCrystal, Colin Lynch, Ciara Staunton, Declan Slevin, Damien Vereker with pilot Sean Hahessy, Peter Ryan with pilot Marcin Mizgakski.
  • Equestrian: Helen Kearney.
  • Football: Luke Evans, Tomiwa Badun, Cormac Birt, Joseph Markey, Brian McGillivary, Carl McKee, Gary Messett, Ryan Nolan, Eric O’Flaherty, Dillon Sheridan, Aaron Tier, Conor Tuite, Peter Cotter, Ryan Walker.
  • Sailing: John Twomey, Austin O’Carroll, Ian Costelloe.
  • Shooting: Sean Baldwin, Phillip Eaglesham.
  • Swimming: Ellen Keane, Ailbhe Kelly, James Scully, Nicole Turner.
  • Table Tennis: Rena McCarron Rooney.
  • Triathlon: Catherine Walsh with pilot Fran Meehan.

For all the team news and behind the scenes info, please follow us at www.paralympics.ie, on social or download the Paralympics Ireland app for free from Google Play or Apple Store.  

For details of campaign rewards, please see the Project FAQ’s.

‘Dreaming of Rio’ print (artist: Luke Brennan):

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T-Shirt:

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+Achievements

Irish Paralympic Achievement

Ireland has competed proudly and successfully ever since Irish Paralympic athletes first competed at Rome in 1960. In the era of modern, high-performance Paralympic sport, Team Ireland made history at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, winning an incredible 16 medals (eight gold, three silver and five bronze) from a team of only 49 athletes. Finishing 19th overall out of 164 countries, the team was voted overwhelmingly as Ireland's 'Team of the Year' (2012 Sports Sentiment Survey - Pembroke Communications).

+Thank Yous and Updates

Thank you!

A huge thank you to our first 39 supporters who have helped us raise €2,540 in the first week! If you have the opportunity, please don't forget to share the campaign page with your friends, family and contacts. We'd love as many as possible to get behind the Irish Paralympic team and to receive our exciting rewards. Many thanks again!

+The Project FAQ's

€10 Digital Download Pack

A link to the 'Dreaming of Rio' image and Paralympics Ireland's Games' planner will be emailed before the Games (in advance of the Opening Ceremony on 7 September 2016).

€50 Digital Download Pack and 'Dreaming of Rio' T-Shirt

Our superior quality, American Apparel 'Dreaming of Rio' t-shirt is available in green and grey, in following sizes (Men - S, M, L, XL, XXL & 3XL; Women - S, M, L, XL & XXL). On pledging of this reward, please email info@paralympics.ie to confirm your size and colour. All t-shirt orders confirmed by 5pm on Friday 26 August 2016 will be posted to any local or overseas address before the Games.

€100 Official Photo of the 2016 Irish Paralympic Team

The official team print will be signed by selected members of the team. This will be posted to a supporter's local or overseas address upon completion of the Games and campaign (in w/c 3 October 2016).

€200 'Be a team behind The Team'

Our superior quality, American Apparel 'Dreaming of Rio' t-shirt is available in green and grey, in following sizes (Men - S, M, L, XL, XXL & 3XL; Women - S, M, L, XL & XXL). On pledging of this reward, please email info@paralympics.ie to confirm sizes, gender(s) & colour(s) of your 10 tee shirts. All orders confirmed by 5pm on Friday 26 August 2016 will be posted to any local or overseas address before the Games. ANY GROUP T-SHIRT ORDER RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE POSTED AFTER THE GAMES (IN W/C 26 SEPTEMBER).

€250 'Dreaming of Rio' Print

The individual or corporate name of each supporter of this reward will be included within the final print image. The picture will be professionally framed and delivered to any address in Ireland upon completion of the Games and campaign (in w/c 3 October 2016).

€500 Limited Edition 'Dreaming of Rio' Print

The individual or corporate name of each supporter of this reward will be included within the final print image. The picture will be professionally framed, signed by all of Ireland's Rio 2016 Paralympic medalists and delivered to any address in Ireland after the Games (in w/c 3 October 2016).

€1000 Star Irish Paralympic Athlete Experience

If you are keen to connect with the expertise, character and inspirational qualities of a Irish Paralympic athlete, we will help you create a special and memorable experience in the aftermath of the Games. This could be in a corporate, training or an educational context.

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