Ireland will have 3 boats competing in the Canoe Slalom event at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Madison Corcoran has qualified an Olympic quota spot in the K1 Women’s event after a countback on quota places at the 2023 European Games in Krakow, Poland. This marks a fantastic boost for the sport as a whole with Madison having qualified the first Women’s spot in Canoe Slalom since London 2012, where Hannah Craig competed for Ireland.

Madison’s great placing of 23rd in the European Games allowed Ireland to secure the European continental quota spot, with the majority of other European nations securing their quota spots at the 2023 World Championships, and the rest being behind Ireland in the standings.

This third boat qualified in Canoe Slalom marks a long overdue return to strength for Slalom in Ireland, with this being the biggest Olympic team since the Atlanta 1996 Games. It will also be somewhat of a family affair, with Madison’s father Mike Corcoran having been a member of that 1996 Olympic Team for Canoe Slalom.