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BARRY Orla
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Ireland   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthCork, IRL
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F57
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cork, IRL
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management, Law - Waterford Institute of Technology: Ireland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age nine.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her family. (paralympics.ie, 15 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In June 2013 she was named Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month in Ireland. (corkrunning.blogspot.com, 28 Aug 2013)

She received the Cork Evening Echo Ladies Sportstar Award for 2012. (leevale.org, 02 Feb 2013)
Impairment
She was born without the lower part of her legs. Both the limbs were amputated above the knee before her first birthday. (irishexaminer.com, 04 Sep 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In January 2020 she announced her retirement from competitive Para athletics. "After 20 years, 15 years at elite level and nine major championship medals I have decided to call it a day on my Para athletics career. There were many highs and lows throughout with my coach of 17 years, Pat Furlong, and I have a lot of fond memories. I'm looking forward to exciting times ahead for me in the next chapter." (Facebook profile, 13 Jan 2020; rte.ie, 13 Jan 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a professional master of education qualification at Hibernia College in Dublin, Ireland. (wit.ie, 24 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008 Discus Throw F57/58 27.08
3 2012 Discus Throw F57/58 28.12
2 2016 Discus Throw F57 30.06
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 Discus Throw F57 25.24
4 2011 Discus Throw F57/58 28.95
7 2013 Shot Put F55/56/57 7.20
2 2013 Discus Throw F57/58 31.08
2 2015 Discus Throw F57 29.82
2 2017 Discus Throw F57 28.89
7 2019 Discus Throw F57 27.46
European Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Discus Throw F57 28.13
1 2016 Discus Throw F57 31.18
1 2018 Discus Throw F57 28.76