Katie-George Dunlevy with her tandem partner, Eve McCrystal, were in action in the Paralympics in Rio on Friday and finished 7th in their first final, the 1,000m race against the clock.
Katie-George, although born in England, is competing for Ireland due to her connection with Mountcharles, where her father, John, is a native.
The 1,000m was not their preferred event, but they were happy to get up and running. Their focus is on the endurance events later on in the Games.
Speaking after their race the Irish duo said: “It was good with the crowds to get out doing a race on the track. Now we can focus on the 3km; we are ready to race. The Kilo is flat out; your legs are hanging from one lap to go.”
The women’s tandem competes in the Pursuit event on tomorrowSunday, and that is a focus event for them; “The pursuit is paced and endurance, it suits us better. If you go out too hard in it you pay for it later; our coach is on the side and he gives splits while we pace.”
Meanwhile, Buncrana's Rena McCarron Rooney, competing in table tennis, suffered defeat at the hands of reigning Paralympic champion, Ling Jiu on Friday morning, but she bounced back in style in the evening session of the qualifiers, overcoming Jordan’s Maha Bargouthi to book her spot in today's quarter-finals, 11-3, 11-4, 11-8.
Speaking after the game, she said: "I am really delighted, I knew if I put in a performance like I did this morning, I knew I would get there. This morning performance, I did everything right, but she was just too strong for me. I knew if I kept the same game plan, same focus and same concentration. I was confident that I would do well.”
Pictured are Katie-George and Eve in action in Rio