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Sport Para athletics
NPC Ireland   
Place of BirthDublin, IRL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
T53, F53
Further Personal Information
Partner Louise
Kildare, IRL
Athlete, Student
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began wheelchair racing in 2013 at age 27.
Why this sport?
He got involved in the sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I used to do athletics but gave it up for football when I was 18. When I was younger I felt I could motivate myself only as part of a team but I feel the opposite now. Furthermore, I wanted to do something, some kind of sport but I didn't know what. I didn't want to play a team sport. I'd never played basketball and just because I had a disability, I wasn't going to take up wheelchair basketball."
Club / Team
Le Cheile Athletics Club: Kildare, IRL
Name of coach
Mark Rohan [personal], IRL, from 2020
Training Regime
He trains on the roads around Kildare, Ireland, and also does sessions at Mondello Park, a motorsport venue in County Kildare.
General Interest
Pa, Paddy (Twitter profile, 15 Aug 2019; Magic Minds Podcast YouTube channel, 28 Apr 2019)
Watching rugby, walking, listening to podcasts. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing 16th in the T54 marathon event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 18 Sep 2016; Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Irish rugby union player Paul O'Connell. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Illness caused him to pull out of the heats for the T53 800m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was bed-ridden for four days but returned to competition on the final day of the Games to finish 16th in the T54 marathon. (, 30 Oct 2016, 13 Sep 2016;, 18 Sep 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always checks the tracking on his chair the evening before a race. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give it my best in preparation and competition." (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Famous relatives
His father Mick Monahan refereed the 2005 GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final [Gaelic football] between Tyrone and Kerry. (, 11 May 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 09 Aug 2021)
His impairment is the result of a road accident in December 2007, when he drove over a patch of ice and overturned his car. He spent six months in hospital. (, 26 Jan 2015; Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 800m T53  DNS
16 2016 Marathon T54 1:40:26
12 2021 Marathon T54 1:32:54
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
18 2017 1500m T54 3:14.65
12 2017 800m T53 1:48.41
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018 400m T53 55.99
4 2018 800m T53 1:51.76
Marathon World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
23 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:46:47
13 2019 Marathon T54 1:39:41