Martin to swap race bike for paramedic bike

Samantha Martin took a step closer to realising her ambition to becoming a traveling paramedic on Road Race events.

The Tarbert woman has been accepted into the paramedic course at the University of Limerick. Once qualified she hopes to use her skills as traveling paramedic.

Road Races take place over closed public roads all over the country during the summer months although there are only two scheduled this season because of the pandemic.  

Considered riskier that circuit of racing, because of the close proximity of street furniture and hedges, an experienced racer that is also a qualified doctor or paramedic, runs at the back of the field at race speed and acts as first responder in the event of an incident.

Martin is Kerry’s only solo female motorcycle racer. She contested the opening three rounds of the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship in Mondello Park last month and is also entered in the July triple-header meeting in two weeks’ time on her Suzuki SV650.

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However, she may be forced to sell her race bike to fund her college course which begins in the autumn.

“I got accepted into my dream course in paramedics and I am hoping to swap the race bike for a medic bike at some stage,” she said. “I’ll find it hard to part with that bike but time to give up the little dream to chase the big one.”

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