Look Back to Sydney 2000 with Mairead Berry and Bridie Lynch

4 October 2013; Bridie Lynch, from Lifford, Co. Donegal, after she was presented with the Irish Paralympic Hall of Fame award. The 2013 Irish Paralympic Awards, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

It has been twenty years since the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, Paralympics Ireland recently caught up with five time Paralympic medallist, Mairead Berry and Hall of Famer, Bridie Lynch. The former athletes sat down to talk about their contrasting experience of the Sydney Games and their amazing careers as athletes.

Mairead Berry competed at her first Paralympic Games in Barcelona 1992, and won her first Paralympic medal in the S2 50 metre backstroke. Mairead repeated the same feat in 1996 to claim another silver medal in Atlanta and would finally claim gold in 2000, along with two silver medals at the Sydney Paralympic Games.

For Bridie Lynch it was a difficult 2000 Paralympic Games, there was high hopes for Bridie, as she was predicted to win gold for Team Ireland. An unfortunate injury during a training session meant the competition ended early for the four time Paralympic Games medallist. Bridie competed for Team Ireland at four Games (New York 1984, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 & Sydney 2000) and won four medals, including gold in the discuss at Atlanta. Bridie was inducted into the Paralympics Ireland Hall of Fame in 2013.

To watch the full interview with two Paralympic legends click here.





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