Australia was the destination for the 2000 Paralympic Games as Sydney hosted the first games of the new Millennium.

This was to be a memorable games for the Irish Boccia team thanks to a haul of 3 medals. Gabriel Shelly provided one of the great moments of the games as he claimed Gold in the Mixed Individual event and the duo of John Cronin and Margaret Grant added a Gold medal in the mixed pairs event. Dave Malone and Mairead Berry both delivered in the pool for the second games in a row thanks to a gold for Malone and two silvers and a bronze for Berry. Catherine Walsh also made her mark in the Women’s Pentathlon as she claimed a bronze medal, this began a brilliant Paralympic career for Walsh who went on to star across multiple disciplines.

First Name Surname Medal Sport Event Classification
Tom Leahy Gold Athletics Men’s Discus Throw F51
Mary Rice Silver Athletics Women’s 400m T34
Catherine Walsh Bronze Athletics Women’s Pentathlon P13
Gabriel Shelly Gold Boccia Mixed Individual BC1
John Cronin Gold Boccia Mixed Pairs BC3
Margaret Grant Gold Boccia Mixed Pairs BC3
David Malone Gold Swimming Men’s 100m Backstroke S8
Mairead Berry Silver Swimming Women’s 50m Backstroke S2
Mairead Berry Gold Swimming Women’s 100m Freestyle S2
Mairead Berry Silver Swimming Women’s 50m Freestyle S2

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