Ní Riain Wins Brilliant Bronze

1 September 2021; Róisín Ní Riain of Ireland competing in the Women's SB13 100 metre breaststroke final at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre on day eight during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***


Ireland’s Róisín Ní Riain clinched a fantastic bronze medal for Ireland on the opening day of the Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships. The young Limerick athlete produced a superb finish to hold off Joanna Mendak from Poland and claim her medal by just ¼ of a second.


Ní Riain, who competed at Tokyo 2020 last September, swam a time of 1:10 in the heat but she knocked nearly a second off that as she shoed true grit and determination to edge out her Polish competitor and clinch bronze at her first ever World Championships.


Speaking immediately after the race Róisín said ‘I’m absolutely delighted, I wasn’t expecting it, I was hoping but I wasn’t expecting it so I am absolutely thrilled’


This marks the start of a busy week for Ní Riain who will compete for more times, including tomorrow when she will again compete for a medal in the SB13 100m Backstroke Final.


Earlier today Ellen Keane confirmed that she will not race in her Individual Medley event but will compete on Saturday in the SB8 Breaststroke heats, the same event in which she secured her Paralympic Gold medal. Ireland’s newest Para Swimmer, Amy Sheridan also had the honour of being the flag bearer for Team Ireland and was joined for the ceremony by Ellen Keane.


For the full interview with Róisín Ní Riain please click here: https://youtu.be/eC24Ql4u0zw

For the full interview with Ellen Keane and Amy Sheridan please click here: https://youtu.be/JqlTizXhFAg


Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships Results

 Róisín Ní Riain, Women’s 100m S13 Butterfly Final, 1.09.05, 3rd place *Bronze Medal

Róisín Ní Riain, Women’s 100m S13 Butterfly Heat, 1:10.6, 4th place


Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships Schedule


Day 2-Monday June 13


Róisín Ní Riain, Women’s SB13 100m Backstroke Final


Day 3-Tuesday June 14


Nicole Turner, SM6 200m Individual Medley Heat

Barry McClements, S9 100m Butterfly Heat

Amy Sheridan, S9 100m Butterfly Heat


Day 4- Wednesday June 15


Róisín Ní Riain, S13 100m Backstroke Final


Day 5- Thursday June 16


Barry McClements, S9 400m Freestyle Heats

Nicole Turner, S6 50m Freestyle Heats


Day 6- Friday June 17


Róisín Ní Riain, S13 400m Freestyle Final

Barry McClements S9 100m Backstroke Heat

Nicole Turner SB6 100m Breaststroke Heat


Day 7- Saturday June 18


Róisín Ní Riain, SM13 200m Individual Medley Final

Nicole Turner, S6 50m Butterfly Heat

Ellen Keane, SB8 100m Breaststroke Heat

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Paralympics Ireland

Irish Sport HQ
Sport Ireland Campus
Dubin 15
D15 D462

Registered Charity Number (CRA)


CHY Number


Company Registration Number


Paralympics Ireland Title Sponsor

Paralympics Ireland International Partners

Governing Bodies

Skip to content