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MONGAN Deirdre
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ireland   
GenderWomen
Age44
Place of BirthGalway, IRL
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Amy
Occupation
Researcher
Languages
English
Higher education
Science - NUI Galway: Ireland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged by other athletes.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Ireland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Dee (Facebook profile, 14 Mar 2016)
Hobbies
Going to the seaside with her family. (herfamily.ie, 15 Nov 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and the results will follow." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other sports
She has represented Ireland in wheelchair rugby. (hrb.ie, 28 Oct 2016)
Impairment
At age 14 she fell through a skylight on the roof of a farm building. The injuries she sustained in the accident resulted in paraplegia. (irishtimes.com, 14 Feb 2014)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a research officer for the Health Research Board [HRB] in Dublin, Ireland. She was part of the first National Alcohol Diary Survey, involving almost 6,000 people across Ireland during 2013. (bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com, 22 Oct 2019; hrb.ie, 19 Dec 2017, 28 Oct 2016; irishnews.com, 07 Sep 2016; irishtimes.com, 14 Feb 2014)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDAL
She was upgraded to a bronze medal in the F53 shot put event at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, following a protest by several nations, including Ireland. The original top two finishers, Svitlana Stetsyuk of Ukraine, and Fatema Nedhams of Bahrain were disqualified for an illegal throwing action. "We had a long wait on the outcome of the protests so when news came through I was just so thrilled, it has been a long road to get back to this level after having my daughter so to medal is a brilliant feeling." (sportireland.ie, Oct 2015; rte.ie, 27 Oct 2015)

TIME AWAY
In 2014 she took a break from Para athletics to give birth to her daughter Amy. She returned to competition in late 2015. (paralympics.ie, 27 Oct 2015)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She studied for a master's in occupational health and a PhD in epidemiology at NUI Galway in Ireland. (hrb.ie, 28 Oct 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 Shot Put F53 4.04
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 Shot Put F52/53 4.03
3 2015 Shot Put F53 4.02
7 2017 Shot Put F53 4.09
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Shot Put F53/54 4.23