Boyle to meet Sport NI and Cycling Ireland over selection criteria
Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has requested an urgent meeting with both Sport NI and Cycling Ireland to discuss the selection criteria and appeals process related to the selection of junior and under 23 riders for the Irish National Cycling team.
Speaking this week Michaela Boyle MLA said,
“A number of weeks ago I was made aware that Adam Ward, a constituent and Irish National Champion, was not selected for the Irish Junior team making the trip to Austria to compete in the Cycling World Championship.
“Considering Adam is the current National Junior Champion, number one ranked junior rider and the winner of many senior elite road races both in Ireland and on the international stage I raised this issue with Sport NI.
“At my request, Sport NI spoke with Cycling Ireland and relayed my concerns around the application of the selection criteria and the denial of an appeal hearing.
“Cycling Ireland then agreed to an appeal hearing which returned a successful decision and returned the selection for re-marking. However, the subsequent re-marking process on the 20th September returned the same result with Adam missing out on selection.
“I have received numerous queries from all sections of the Cycling Ulster community seeking further information on this decision and on that basis, I have requested a follow up meeting with Sport NI and Cycling Ireland to discuss this matter further.
“I understand that Cycling Ireland will be considering their selection process at the end of the competitive season and I will be requesting that review will include a wide consultation with the membership of Cycling Ireland. I will also work with Sport NI to ensure we continue to see a positive development of sport across the north of Ireland.
“I want to recognise the difficulty faced by the selectors and wish all those selected to represent Ireland the very best, they are talented and dedicated young riders and I know they will all wear the jersey with pride.”