UCD Ad Astra star Lara Gillespie receives Paris Olympic Scholarship award ahead of 2024 Summer Games

UCD Ad Astra star Lara Gillespie has received a Paris Olympic Scholarship award to aid her preparations for the 2024 Summer Games.  

The cyclist was one of 15 athletes granted financial support by the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI), who has awarded $350,000 to be distributed across thirteen sports.

The Wicklow native is set to graduate from UCD this year, having studied Health and Performance Science, and was the recipient of an Ad Astra scholarship while undertaking her studies.

In 2017 she won time trial silver at the Youth Olympics, and a year later she was a European junior champion (Points) and silver medallist (pursuit). In 2019 she won three track silvers at the European Juniors before becoming Ireland’s first medallist (bronze, individual pursuit) at track’s World Junior Championships.