Sunday, August 06, 2017

Canoeist Ronan adds to international tally

Ronan Foley from Kilcullen took home a bronze medal from the 2017 Sella Descent in Spain this week, writes Brian Byrne.

He was among more than a thousand paddlers who took part in the annual 20km event, taking home his medal in the Junior Men's K1 division and adding to an impressive array of achievements over recent years.

These included winning the Junior Men's K1 at the British National Championships a couple of weeks ago, a bronze medal at the European Marathon Championships in Portugal in June of this year, and the month before, he brought home for Ireland silver and bronze medals from the Marathon World Cup in Belgium.

Previous achievements have included winning the Tay Descent in Dundee, Scotland, in 2015 and 2016; winning the Liffey Descent Junior Men class in 2016; and in the same year taking second in the British Marathon Championships and third in the International Sella Descent in Spain. He also represented Ireland in the World Marathon Championships in Germany and in the Junior Sprint.

At the end of August, Ronan will be taking part in the World Canoeing Championships in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. It will require time for acclimatisation to high altitude, so the participants need to be there for more than two weeks from 28 August.

(ED NOTE: Going to the WCC is a particularly costly trip, with no state support available, and any sponsorship that might be out there would be very welcome.)