Two former Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science students are gaining the experience of a lifetime as they make world championships
WIT’s Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science is going to be well represented at the UCI 2016 Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar (10-16 October).
Cycling Ireland has named 12 riders to compete against the world’s best riders at the UCI 2016 Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar from the 10th – 16th October. WIT’s Michael O'Loughlin and Sam Bennett have both been chosen for the Irish Squad for the UCI World Championships in Doha, Qatar next month.
Michael, who will be flying the flag in both the Time Trial and the Road Race in the U23 competition, is a Sports Coaching and Performance student who has deferred third year to pursue cycling.
Sam studied Exercise & Health before taking a year out to cycle full time. He has since gone Pro and rides with Team Bora-Argon 18 and completed the Tour de France for the second time this year.
Michael thanked WIT for the support he has received to date. "I'm delighted to be able to represent Ireland at another World Championships and it'll be a great way to finish off the 2016 season. Throughout the season and year WIT have been a great help as they were in my first time entering the college in 2014. In the first half of the year I was able to study and put what I've learned in a sports course into practice which made me a better athlete and in the second half of the year WIT were able to facilitate me in deferring my course so I could become a full time athlete to compete at a higher level but also with the confidence that I can always return to my studies where I left off and carry on my degree."
“Doha will see a lot of fast races” said Cycling Ireland Technical Director Brian Nugent, who is anticipating a race that will favour the sprinters. “We have selected a team with strong riders across all categories, the profile for the courses are fairly flat, so there should be intense racing, which could come down to bunch sprints. The Time Trial courses will be fast too, and after a strong showing at the European Championships last month, we are hoping for some top performances from the team.”