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MCCARTHY Niamh
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ireland   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthCork, IRL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T41, F41
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Richard
Residence
Cork, IRL
Occupation
Manager
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Biology, Chemistry - University College Cork: Ireland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2012 at age 18. She began competing in 2013 in Cork, Ireland.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport at a talent search day at University College Dublin in Ireland. "A friend of my mother's suggested to her that I go to the Paralympic Ireland Talent ID day in October 2012. I went along and tried a few sports knowing nothing about the Paralympics and was contacted a few weeks later to go for further testing and classification which led to me being put on the Fast Track Developmental Panel in late 2012."
Club / Team
Leevale Athletics Club: Cork, IRL
Name of coach
Alison O'Riordan [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Ireland
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Hobbies
Skydiving, watching online videos, reading, playing video games, Pilates. (Twitter profile, 11 Sep 2020; corkindependent.com, 17 Oct 2018; Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F41 discus throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Canadian base jumper Lonnie Bissonnette. (paralympics.ie, 07 Aug 2020)
Injuries
She suffered from a back injury in the lead-up to the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (corkindependent.com, 27 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only limits on what you can achieve is your opinion of yourself." (corkindependent.com, 17 Oct 2018)

"Only you can limit your achievements." (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Ireland at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

In 2016 she received the Outstanding Games Debut Performance Award from Paralympics Ireland in recognition of her silver medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 03 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympics.ie, 07 Aug 2020)
Impairment
She is a person of short stature. She also has lordosis, which is an inward curvature of the spine. (eveningecho.ie, 16 Oct 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In January 2018 she became a member of the athletes' commission for Paralympics Ireland. (paralympics.ie, 25 Jul 2018, 29 Jan 2018)

SKYDIVER
She began skydiving at age 17, and had completed over 85 jumps by 2016. "I've always loved challenges, so having to perform some acrobatic skill in the sky while you're technically rushing towards your death at 120 miles-an-hour, that's all part of the fun." (irishexaminer.com, 21 Dec 2016)

CHILDHOOD
At age eight she moved from Ireland to England. She lived there for one year before relocating to France until she was age 16. (irishexaminer.com, 21 Dec 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 Discus Throw F41 26.67
5 2021 Discus Throw F41 28.94
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 Discus Throw F41 23.66
2 2017 Discus Throw F41 26.17
3 2019 Discus Throw F41 29.70
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 Discus Throw F40/41 27.05
1 2018 Discus Throw F41 31.76
1 2021 Discus Throw F41 30.03