Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy Age: 24 Hometown: lives in St Barnet, Mill Hill, West London. Coach: Elder Klatzko Horse: Clever Boy Classification: Grade I Events: Individual Test, Team Test, Freestyle. Michael qualified for Tokyo on his previous horse (Skjoldsgaard Hipp-vo) with whom he was 12th at the 2019 European Championships. He says COVID restrictions actually helped him […]

Kate Kerr Horan

Kate Kerr-Horan Age: 28 Hometown: Tinahely, Co Wicklow. Coach: Donie McNamara. Horse: Serafina T Classification: Grade III. Events: Individual Test, Team Test, Freestyle. This is Kate’s first Paralympics and she has been partnering Serafina for three years. She has been on the Irish High Performance team since 2011, was ninth in the World Equestrian Games […]

Rosemary Gaffney

Rosemary Gaffney Age: 62 Hometown: Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Coach: Sue Smallman. Classification: Grade IV. Horse: Werona Events:  Individual Test, Freestyle Classification: Grade IV. Rosemary is particularly delighted to make her Paralympic debut in Tokyo after being Ireland’s ‘reserve’ for London 2012 and Rio 2016. She has ridden since she was five but two major accidents […]

Tamsin Addison

Tamsin Addison Age: 48 Hometown: Radnage, Buckinghamshire. Coach: Joyce Fearn. Horse: Fahrenheit (10 year old Danish Warm Blood, bay gelding) Classification: Grade V Events: Individual Test, Team Test, Freestyle Tamsin, who is born and based in England, became the first person in the world to regrow a bone in her upper arm (humerus) after being […]

Nicole Turner

NICOLE TURNER Hometown:  Portarlington, Co Laois Coach: David Malone Classification:  S6 Disability Group: Hypocondroplasia Events: S6 50m Butterfly, SB6 100m Breaststroke, SM6 200m Individual Medley (IM) Nicole won a silver medal in the Youth category of the British Internationals on her senior international debut in 2015 and went on to reach six finals and swim […]

Róisín Ní Riain

ROISIN NI RIAIN Hometown: Drombanna, Co Limerick Coach: John Szaranek Classification: S13 Disability Group: Visually impaired Events: S13 100m Backstroke, S13 100m Butterfly, SB13 100m Breaststroke, S13 50m & 200m Freestyle, SM13 200m Individual Medley (IM) Roisin, from Limerick Swimming Club, is Paralympic Ireland’s youngest athlete in the Tokyo Paralympics. She announced her arrival on […]

Ellen Keane

ELLEN KEANE Age: 26 Hometown:  Clontarf, Dublin Coach: David Malone. Classification: S8/9 Disability group: Amputee. Events:SB8 100m Breaststroke, S9 100m Backstroke, SM9 200m Individual Medley (IM). Personal Bests: 1:22.00, 1:15.44, 2:39.61. Season Bests: 1:22:21, 1:15:90, 2:40.74. Ellen, a bronze medallist in Rio 2016, is competing in her fourth Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She is an […]

Patrick Flanagan

PATRICK FLANAGAN Hometown: Rosses Point, Co Sligo. Coach: David Malone. Classification: S6. Disability group: Spina Bifida. Events: S6 100m Backstroke, S6 400m Freestyle.. Patrick grew up in Longford Town (his family only moved to Sligo in 2016) where he developed with the local swimming club which has also produced Tokyo Olympian Darragh Green. While in […]

Colin Judge

COLIN JUDGE Hometown: Blackrock, Co. Dublin Classification: 3 Disability Group: Colin Judge made his first appearance in Irish colors in 2012, when he represented his country for the first time at the French Open in Nantes. Colin has gone on to represent Ireland on numerous occasions ever since, touring the world playing against some of […]

Phil Eaglesham

PHIL EAGLESHAM Hometown: Dungannon, Co. Tyrone Coach: Class: SH2 Disability Group: Acquired In 2010, Phil was serving as a Corporal with the Royal Marines on in Afghanistan. At the age of 29, Phil returned home to Dungannon, Co. Tyrone from his tour and was admitted to hospital with flu like symptoms. The diagnosis was Q […]

Britney Arendse

BRITNEY ARENDSE Hometown: Cavan Coach: Classification: All Weight Categories Disability Group: Acquired Spinal Cord Britney began her Para Powerlifting career at the age of 16 after she was recruited to the sport during a wheelchair basketball match. At the age of 21, Britney will make her first appearance at a Paralympic Games in Tokyo for […]

Patrick O’ Leary

PATRICK O’LEARY Hometown: Cork/Galway Coach:  Classification: KL3 / VL3 Disability Group: Amputee Pat O’Leary became the first athlete to represent Ireland in canoeing at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 when the sport was added to the schedule for the first time. Pat, who competed in the LTA K1 class, had a brilliant game in 2016 […]