PARALYMPIANS OF IRELAND COME FOURTH

PARALYMPIANS OF IRELAND COME FOURTH

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4th in the world – medals per capita.

Based on a scale of medals per head of population we were  beaten only by Iceland, Australia and New Zealand.

This is an amazing result and indicates the skill, determination, talent and dedication of our Paralympians and those who have worked with them over the years to bring them to the pinnacle of their sporting fitness where they achieved personal bests, beat previous world records and in some cases won medals.

While it is wonderful to receive a medal it is far more of a victory for each paralympian to master their body, mind and spirit to overcome the obstacles, challenges, the disbelief and negativity of those who previously could not see that those born with or those who acquired differences to their body and or mental abilities could succeed and compete at world class levels and be among the best!

Team Ireland won medals as well as the hearts and admiration of everyone and raised the spirit of a nation !

This has been a season of sporting success for Irish competitors. As happened when Ireland was playing in the world Cup in the Jack Charlton era, sport has lifted our spirits and helped us to beleive in ourselves again.

Our Olympians and Paralympians have shifted our focus from depression and despair to embrace hope and aspire to better days ahead!

Long may we continue to achieve our unique potential and produce peak performances on demand.

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An inspiration to our nation…

An inspiration to our nation…

 

 

An inspiration to our nation…

Congratulations to the competitors and support staff of our Paralympians in Super Team Ireland! More medals and more personal best performances than any team before them at London 2012 Paralympics!  We are so proud of our super-heroes.

Today we look forward to another day of great sports-person-ship which is being recognised internationally with supporters from many other countries cheering for our team. With just 49 competitors we have won the hearts and admiration of a large contingent of supporters from around the globe and won more medals than anyone could have dreamt possible. David and Goliath spring to mind.

Today sees Super Team Ireland compete again and we wish each one the calm peaceful presence of mind and body to achieve their unique potential, which they have shown is not limited by physical or mental obstacles, impairments or excuses.

We could learn a lot from our super-heroes. They are an inspiration to a nation in recovery from a wounding crash.

 

Sub-clinical dehydration can ruin your day

Sub-clinical dehydration can ruin your day

Team Ireland have been very successful in maintaining such high standards of concentration, focus and dedication. With so many competitors and such a wide range of sports involved it is difficult to remain focused as the athletes wait for their moment to perform at their peak, beat their personal best, hope to win competitions and feel the sense of achievement in knowing you did your very best.

Have a look at the schedule  of events that Team Ireland will be competing in over the next few days.

One of the most important things to remember is to ensure you have adequate water as it is easy to become dehydrated when you are tense, apprehensive and even mild sub-clinical dehydration can ruin your day as it impedes the flow of electrical energy in your nerves, brain and reduces the efficiency of you muscles, coordination and balance.

Sub-clinical dehydration can also make you narky and more prone to emotional outbursts, causing you to chose the less effective and less efficient way to compete.

In my work with athletes we explore and show them how to recognise for themselves when they are becoming even slightly sub-clinically dehydrated.

One simple way to check that i teach them is to take a small sip of water and hold it in your mouth.  Time how long it takes for your mouth to fill with saliva. If saliva takes more than about 5 seconds to begin to flow inside your mouth then you are sub-clinically dehydrated even if you have been drinking litres of water.

They ask me how this can be. I explain in practical terms that when you take water it is essential to take it in sips if you want it to be absorbed and used within the next 15 minutes. Those who take big swigs or drink litres end up going to the bathroom soon after.

Those who sip need to visit the bathroom less frequently as the sipped water is absorbed through the lining of the mouth, throat and stomach when it is mixed with the saliva that matches its make-up.  Their water is not absorbed from the large intestine. One of the major tasks of the large intestine is to absorb any necessary water from the water to maintain hydration levels. The people who sip water are absorbing clean fresh water directly into the capillaries of their mouth and throat rather than using recycled fluids from the body’s septic tank to hydrate their brain, nerves and muscles.

Every drop of water has minerals and other items in there. When you hold the water in your mouth the sensors tell the  salivary glands what is in the water and the correct type of saliva is produced to match the water and make it easily absorbed.

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Jason Smyth beats his own world record at Paralympics 2012

Jason Smyth beats his own world record at Paralympics 2012

Men’s 100m T13 Heats
Result Heat 1:

1. Jason Smyth (IRL) 10.54,

2. LF Gutierrez (CUB) 10.94,
3. A Loginov (RUS) 11.16

 

Jason Smyth who is  from Derry set a new world record in his heat for the T13 100m. He had held the previous record also. His personal best this season is even faster.

While he is visually impaired, nothing short of a gold medal was in his sights as he set out for London this year.

A video of his preparation shows him in Sandymount, Morton Stadium and elsewhere training and building up to these games. He is based in the USA but runs for Ireland. There he  trains with US sprint king Tyson Gay.

Yesterday he beat his own world Paralympic record by clocking a time of 10.54 which is still .30 off his season best this year.


Smyth commented,

“I know I am in good shape and I am glad to be able to show this in my performance. It was disappointing not to make the Olympics but the Paralympics is always important to me and it is good to represent Ireland and hopefully medal for my country

As I have a clinic in Derry where I work with sports-people from all disciplines, ages and ability levels I know that this run is incredibly important and he is supported by everyone in Ireland North, South, East and West.

Go Jason!