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 games in 2016 as he progressed through the heats of the competition to reach the final in which he had an excellent 6th place finish.
Pat works at NUI Galway where he lectures in Organic Chemistry. Originally from Cork Pat now works and lives in Galway with his wife and family.
In 2019 Pat secured a slot for Ireland in Para Canoe thanks to a fantastic 5th placed finished at the
World Championships in Szeged, Hungary having secured his place in the final by winning his heat.
2016 Paralympic Games