FIVE members of Omagh Triathlon Club will represent Ireland in their respective age groups at the World Championships in London this weekend.
Lorcan Healy, Peter Neil, Peter Skeffington and Chris McGuigan will all take part over the Olympic distance, while recent Tri the Lough winner, Kris Muldoon is hoping to medal in the sprint triathlon competition.
They will be joined on team Ireland by fellow club member Conor Eannetta who has been named as one of the for managers of Team Ireland. Conor will be able to pass on his knowledge and experience from competing in the age group World Championship in Switzerland in 2006.
Unfortunately, Sean Healy, who also qualified for the Ireland team, will not be joining his son Lorcan at the start line, having pulled out earlier in the season due to injury.
The local triathletes have all expressed their honour to wearing the green vest when they compete over last year’s Olympic course. This involves a 1,500 metre swim in the Serpentine, a 40Km cycle through the streets of London and finishes with a 10km run through the picturesque Hyde Park.
Peter Skeffington, who has qualified through his performances in the national series in Ireland last season, said this is a wonderful achievement for the club.
“It will be a superb experience. There will be a whole weekend of events that will end on the Sunday with the elite athletes like the Brownlee brothers and Javier Gomez,” said Peter.
“It will be a great experience to compete over the same course as the world’s best and then watch the professionals in action.
“To have five of our members taking part, and Conor as one of the managers can only be good in the long run in helping to promote the club further.”
Despite his withdrawal, Sean has still contributed to the team effort by setting out a training plan so the local triathletes are peaking for this prestigious event.
Peter said, “We are all very supportive of each other. This is the biggest competition any of us has ever taken part in. For us that has been our number one goal this season and we have concentrated all our training throughout the year to be ready for this weekend.
“As we qualified to represent Ireland last season, we have known for a year that we will be competing in the World Championships. It is an amazing feeling and we just can’t wait for this weekend now. Kris is taking part in the sprint event on Friday and he is right in form after his amazing record breaking time winning Tri the Lough. We will all be cheering him on.
“Our events are on the Sunday morning and it will be great lining up in the same wave as Chris McGuigan to give each other support.”
The local competitors have expressed their thanks to Omagh District Council for all their support to compete in this event.
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