The Olympic Council of Ireland have announced that Irish Eventing rider Cathal Daniels is among 12 athletes who
have been awarded Olympic Solidarity Scholarships to assist with qualification and preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Twenty one-year-old Daniels from Loughrea, Co Galway already has several international championship medals to his name at underage level, including both team and individual gold at the 2012 European Pony (U16) Championships in 2012 and a team bronze medal at the Young Rider (U21) European championships in 2015. Despite his relatively young age, he has produced several young horses up to international level.
Daniels is one of the up and coming stars in the sport of Eventing and his current string of horses includes Sammy Davis Junior (ISH) and Rioghan Rua (ISH) – both owned by Margaret Kinsella and the Michelle Nelson-owned 12-year-old gelding OLS Back Chat (ISH).
Each of the scholarship recipients will receive a monthly payment up until the Tokyo Olympic Games due to be held in August 2020. Athletes will also receive additional funding to assist with travel costs in connection with competing at qualification events.
In order to be eligible, athletes must be competing at international level in an Olympic discipline that will feature at Tokyo 2020 and have the technical ability to qualify for the Games as demonstrated through recent results.
Funding provided under the scholarship scheme will cease prior to 2020 if the athletes for any reason become ineligible to qualify for Tokyo. Priority is given to athletes not in receipt of funding from any other source.
Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy said:
“I want to congratulate Cathal on receiving this Scholarship which will no doubt help his preparations during this Olympic cycle. This is a fantastic initiative from the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Ireland. With just 12 places up for grabs across all the Olympic sports, Horse Sport Ireland are obviously delighted to have secured funding for one of our equestrian athletes.”
Article Source: Horse Sport Ireland News
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