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STREIMIKYTE Greta
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ireland   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthVilnius, LTU
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F13, T13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dublin, IRL
Occupation
Bank Employee
Languages
English, Lithuanian, Russian
Higher education
International Relations - Dublin City University [DCU]: Ireland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began running at age 17 at Rosmini Community School in Drumcondra, Ireland.
Why this sport?
Her physical education teacher Sean Gallagher encouraged her to try Para athletics at school. "I was doing physical education classes with able-bodied students. One day, my teacher asked me to compete in an 800m race and I came second. That was the beginning."
Club / Team
Clonliffe Harriers AC [IRL] / Dublin Track Club [IRL]:
Name of coach
Feidhlim Kell; Eamonn Flanagan [strength and conditioning]
Training Regime
She runs up to 65 kilometres a week over six days at Dublin Track Club in Ireland.
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Ireland
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Grosseto, ITA
General Interest
Hobbies
Travelling. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in the T13 1500m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Enda Fitzpatrick. (dcuathletics.wixsite.com, 18 May 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to music before racing. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"As an athlete, for me it's more than just medals. It's the impact you have on people." (upcoming.ie, 11 Jul 2019)

"Put in the work and be patient." (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympics.ie, 18 Sep 2020)
Impairment
She has a vision impairment as the result of being born prematurely. She sustained damage to her retina after she was placed in an incubator. Although she was diagnosed as fully blind, her parents sought a second opinion in Sweden and further surgery returned partial sight to her left eye. (her.ie, 01 Feb 2019; irishtimes.com, 03 May 2016)
Other information
FROM LITHUANIA TO IRELAND
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, she moved to Ireland at age 15 to live with her father, who had relocated to the country in 2006 for work. She gained Irish citizenship in 2016. "I'm proud to be Lithuanian and the passport doesn't really change that. At the same time, I love Ireland. I started running when I was in Ireland. People support me, people coach me, people are there for me in Ireland. I wanted to run for Ireland. Even now, I'm probably going to live the rest of my life here." (hersport.ie, 28 Jul 2020; upcoming.ie, 11 Jul 2019; irishtimes.com, 03 May 2016)

DOCUMENTARY
In July 2017 a documentary about her life titled 'Greta' premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland. The film follows her life from being born in Lithuania, up to her preparations with Ireland ahead of the 2017 World Championships. (independent.ie, 08 Jul 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2019 she was named an ambassador for the 'Dare to Believe' campaign organised by the Olympic Federation of Ireland [OFI]. The aim of the scheme is to promote the wider values of sport to children across Ireland. "I always say if one child takes something out of it, it's already a win." (hersport.ie, 28 Jul 2020; upcoming.ie, 11 Jul 2019; daretobelieve.ie, 01 Jan 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree in business management at Dublin City University [DCU] Business School in Ireland. (upcoming.ie, 11 Jul 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 1500m T13 4:45.06
5 2021 1500m T13 4:34.82
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2017 1500m T13 4:47.54
5 2019 1500m T13 4:48.75
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 1500m T13 4:54.25
1 2018 1500m T13 4:48.54
1 2021 1500m T13 4:39.27