We’re sending good wishes to everyone competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this September. We’ll be following athletes Jason Smyth, Peter Ryan and Orla Comerford in particular, they are fantastic friends of Fighting Blindness and wonderful ambassadors for our community.
Jason Smyth (pictured left), who you may remember from last year’s Retina Conference, is competing in his third Paralympic Games. Jason already has four gold medals to his name from the London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Games. Nicknamed the ‘Usain Bolt of Paralympics’, Jason holds the Paralympic World Records for both the 100m and 200m. He was crowned ‘Fastest Paralympian on the Planet’ last year at an event in Rio to celebrate one year to the Paralympic Games. Jason will compete in the T13 100m heat on September 8, with the final hopefully to follow the next day.
Peter Ryan (pictured left) is also competing in his first Paralympic Games, but has previously represented Ireland at both the Road and Track World Championships and holds the current National Championship title. He will take part in the Men’s B Tandem Cycling Time Trial (Road) and Road Race from September 14 to 17.
Orla Comerford (pictured left) is taking part in her first Paralympic Games and is also competing in the 100m in the T13 category. Her heat is on Saturday, September 10 with the T13 final on the following day. Orla recently completed her Leaving Cert and is due to begin studying in NCAD (National College for Art and Design) when she returns.
From all in Fighting Blindness we wish the very best of luck to Jason, Peter and Orla – we’re all behind you!