The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) has announced that Irish short track speed skater Liam O’Brien is to receive OFI Make A Difference Funding in his pursuit of qualifying for the 2026 Milano Cortina Winter Olynpics.
O’Brien is just one of six winter sport athletes to be awarded funding under the scheme which he will be able to use to access world class training facilities and coaching in pursuit of Olympic qualification.
“While it’s only been a year since the Beijing Olympics, qualification for the 2026 Winter Olympics are only just around the corner,” O’Brien said. The continual support of the ISAI and the grant from the OFI are greatly appreciated and will aid training costs.”
“I am delighted that Liam has been awarded the OFI Make A Difference funding,” ISAI President Sean Gillis said. “Liam was tantalisingly close to qualifying a history making spot for Ireland in the Olympic qualification events last time round and hopefully this award will give him the extra edge he needs to go one step further next time.”