Doctor with Fenit connections to head up FIA Medical and Rescue Panel
A Motorsport Doctor with strong family ties to Fenit is set to take up the most senior medical position in world motorsport.
Dr Paul Rea’s Fenit-born grandmother and her two sisters ran the landmark O’Sullivan’s Pub in the village.
His father Bernard, was reared in the village, but spent his working life in Dublin and is still well-known in the locality. Dr Rea spends a lot of time in the village where the family have a holiday home.
He also co-drove for local rally driver Brendan Brosnan in his Peugeot 205 RWD on the 2003 Baltinglass Rally in County Wicklow.
Paul is to replace Dr. Pau Mota as FIA Head of Medical and Rescue, Motorsport Ireland announced on Wednesday evening.
After 20 years working across all areas of Irish motorsport, Dr. Paul Rea will take up the position of FIA Head of Medical and Rescue in February 2021 and will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.
An experienced Doctor with a special interest in musculoskeletal injury, motorsport medicine, medical devices and occupational medicine, Paul is Senior Associate GP Partner with Centric Health based in Dublin.
Paul is a sitting member of the Motorsport Ireland Medical Sub Commission and previously served on the Motorsport Ireland Safety Advisory Group.
Over the years he has been heavily involved in motorsport rescue training and delivering medical briefings to rescue crews. Paul is also an experienced Chief Medical Officer having fulfilled the role on many rally events across the island of Ireland and he was recently instrumental in creating the Motorsport Ireland Return to Sport document in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Paul’s appointment, Motorsport Ireland President John Naylor said; “Irish motorsport prides itself on its safety record and safety standards, and over the last 20 years, Dr. Paul Rea has contributed directly to this. It’s a huge honour for Paul and indeed Irish motorsport for him to be appointed FIA Head of Medical and Rescue, and we wish him every success in the role.”