Eve recog­nised by Garda sports stars

The Argus - - NEWS - Eve McCrys­tal.

PAR­A­LYMPIC star Eve Mc Crys­tal is set to be recog­nised by her peers af­ter she was put for­ward for an award by the judg­ing panel for the 23rd An­nual Coiste Si­amsa Garda Sports Star Awards which are tak­ing place in Cork this week­end.

The prizes, which have al­ready been an­nounced ahead of the event, are be­ing awarded to serv­ing gar­dai who have achieved sport­ing suc­cess across a num­ber of dis­ci­ples - with Eve awarded for her cy­cling prow­ess.

Eve was high­lighted as be­ing a mem­ber of the Garda Cy­cling team which took part in the 2015 Ras Na mBan and fin­ished as the top Ir­ish team in the event.

The Dun­dalk woman was awarded the best Ir­ish Rider award.

Act­ing as a ‘pi­lot’ her team won bronze at the World Para Cy­cling Track Cham­pi­onships in Am­s­ter­dam and came in 4th in the World Road Cham­pi­onships.

But the judges recog­nised 2016 as Eve’s big­gest year in cy­cling, as she and her par­tially sighted cy­cling part­ner Katie- Ge­orge Dun­levy had ma­jor suc­cess at the UCI Para- Cy­cling Road World Cup in Os­tend.

They claimed gold in both the time trial and the road race.

But the defin­ing mo­ment for the award win­ning cy­cling duo came as they raced to the fin­ish­ing line to claim both gold and sil­ver medals at the Rio Par­a­lympic Games, mark­ing an un­be­liev­able achieve­ment for Ir­ish women’s cy­cling.

Eve works as a Garda, sta­tioned at Bally­bay Garda Sta­tion.

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