Carrick-on-Suir cyclist Sean Hahessy captains Irish U-18 cycling team

Seventeen year old Carrick-on-Suir cyclist Sean Hahessy was last week named as captain of

Seventeen year old Carrick-on-Suir cyclist Sean Hahessy was last week named as captain of

the Irish national Under-18 cycling team for the 2013 season.

This honour confirms the Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn student as one of Ireland’s brightest young prospects.

The Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers clubman travelled to Mallorca for a training camp in

February where newly appointed Cycling Ireland Head Coach Brian Nugent put the riders through their paces.

Each day started with a 2-3 hour road training session in the morning from the Team Ireland base in Alaro led by CI Youth Coach Martin O’Loughlin.

This was followed by a 2 hour indoor track session in the beautiful velodrome in Palma. The days were rounded off with a coaching workshop.

Sharing the velodrome was Martyn Irvine, who just a week later became Ireland’s first track cycling world champion in 116 years.

By the end of the camp, Brian Nugent had decided that Ireland’s focus for U-18 riders would be the World Junior Track Championships in Glasgow in August.

As captain, Sean Hahessy will have a vital role in helping to deliver success.

At 6’4” tall, he is a powerfully built cyclist who has made significant progress each year since beginning with the Ó Ceallacháins Youth League at the age of thirteen.

He is studying for his Leaving Cert in June, and will then train full-time for the World Championships.

Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers Chairman John Dempsey said everybody in the club was delighted when Sean firstly made the Irish squad, and then when he was made captain.

“His parents Joe and Lilian have instilled a huge work ethic in Sean that has brought him to

this stage. He is a determined and dedicated cyclist who will go a long way. We look forward

to supporting him in Glasgow,” he said.