Neal Morrison, partner in McInerney Saunders, chartered accountants Ireland, corporate  sponsor to The Paralympic Council of Ireland, the body responsible for the development of elite Paralympic Sport in Ireland was highly complimentary of the renaming and rebranding of the organisation to Paralympics Ireland.

A seventy strong elite panel of Irish Paralympic athletes across nine sports bidding for the London 2012 Paralympic Games was also announced at the launch event by Paralympic Performance Director, Nancy Chillingworth.

Paralympics Ireland have announced panels on an annual basis in order to ensure the focus of preparations for the London 2012 Paralympic Games prioritises the athletes most likely to represent Ireland at those Games.  The athletes announced on the panel today have met the agreed performance criteria for inclusion. This panel will participate in Paralympics Ireland training camps, performance and preparation programmes this year.

The new Paralympics Ireland logo was designed to reflect the dynamism of Irish Paralympic Sport and the new logo will adorn all Paralympics Ireland collateral from January 2011 including the Irish team’s official London 2012 Paralympic Games performance and leisure wear.

According to Neal the new tagline “Inspiring Beyond Belief” adopted by Paralympics Ireland is one truly befitting the high commitment, professionalism and enthusiasm demonstrated by past and future champions who have brought credit to themselves and their country in their participation in highly competitive top class sports, inspiring others through their achievements and the journey each Paralympic athlete has taken to become an elite athlete for Ireland.

Neil commented:

“We are very proud sponsors of Paralympics Ireland and we look forward to the build up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.”

RTE’s Colm Murray who has reported from every Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000 was on hand to officially launch the new name and logo. As the event’s guest speaker Murray addressed the invited guests sharing his memories and experiences of Irish Paralympic teams.

Chief executive, Liam Harbison, welcomed the professional support provided by McInerney Saunders who have undertaken to provide to Paralympics Ireland the full suite of professional accounting, payroll, management support and advisory, services.