With Katie Taylor heroically capturing gold at London just a few weeks ago, women’s sport has been given a tremendous lift by Ireland’s heroine. Let’s have a look at some of Ireland’s paralympic female athletes, who might well do the same thing in just a few days time.
Orla Barry is currently world champion, having won gold at this year's IPC European Athletics Championships in the discus event. She is ranked number one in the world and will be hoping to improve on her 5th place finish in Beijing last time around.
The 21 year old hails from Ladysbridge in Cork. She was born without shinbones or kneecaps and had to have her lower legs amputated as a child. Determination is the key word that surrounds Orla, who will be hoping that she can top of a fantastic year so far with a medal for Ireland.
Catherine O’Neill will also compete in the discus event and is without a doubt one of Ireland's most experienced competitors in the field events. The veteran competed at Sydney in 2000 and Beijing in 2008 and it is this experience that should stand to her at London 2102. She won gold at the IPC world Championships in 2011 and hopefully an Olympic medal is just on the horizon.
Eimear Breathnach is a fierce table tennis competitor and has a number of world titles under her belt already. The Dublin woman went full time this year in preparation for London and trains at the IWA Clontarf and the ALSAA Sports Club. Also a competitor in Beijing, she reached the quarterfinals of the team event. Eimear will be looking to reproduce her recent good form at London’s ExCel arena.
A duo to finish - Sandra Fitzgerald and Katie-George Dunlevy will compete in the tandem cycling event. Sandra is sighted pilot for stroker Katie-George and together they will be hoping to reproduce their recent good form, where they came first in June’s Spanish leg of the UCI Road World Cup. Certainly a pair to watch at Brands Hatch and the Velodrome.
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