Limerick's Nicola Dore lifts for Team Ireland at Mexico championships

Maria Flannery


Maria Flannery

Nicola Dore competing on the world stage for Team Ireland in Mexico

Nicola Dore competing on the world stage for Team Ireland in Mexico

A LIMERICK woman, who is currently one of Ireland’s most promising para powerlifters, has said that she will need sponsorship if she is to continue to progress in the sport.

Nicola Dore, from Kilcornan, has just returned from the world championships in Mexico, where she represented Team Ireland in powerlifting alongside another Irish female competitor.

Nicola travels at least twice a year for major competitions and trains intensively all year round. This was her first time competing at a world level.

Financially, she currently manages to do it by fundraising, but she is increasingly finding that she will need serious backing, if she is to reach her goal of representing Ireland at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“I spent 10 days in Mexico. This was my first world championship and I’m very proud to have been representing Ireland. I was competing in the women’s (up to) 55kg weight,” Nicola told the Limerick Leader.

“There were two women on Team Ireland this time around, so it’s girl power all the way!”

Mexico 2017 was an opportunity to lift against some of the world’s best para powerlifters.

“We meet a lot of the same athletes when we go away to competitions and it’s nice to see them again. Some of them are world champions, so it’s always an honour and a privilege to be around them,” said Nicola.

Looking ahead, she said that sponsorship would realistically be the only way for her to continue putting in the hours and shelling out the costs that she currently does.

“Sponsorship will be a big thing for me going forward. I am hopefully on the pathway to Tokyo 2020, and to keep going, I really need a sponsor.

“It’s not just to pay for the trips abroad — I also have to pay for the competitions, I have to pay for physiotherapy, I have to pay for training camps and I have to pay for nutrition, which is a big thing as well. There are loads of costs associated,” she said.

The next big competition for Ms Dore will be the European championships in France, which are taking place next May. “We basically have two to three competitions a year, and it’s expensive. I’d like to thank the local community and my family, they’ve helped me raise a lot of money.”

Nicola’s Team Ireland para powerlifting management team include coach Roy Guerin and Ken Hurley, the Irish coordinator.

“My training home is Askeaton Pool and Leisure. Declan Nash and the staff back there are really really supportive, they go through the highs and lows with me and are really fantastic,” she added.