Imagen
7902-Ailish Dunne photo

Ailish Dunne

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T11, F11

Further personal information

Residence
Mountmellick, IRL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Gaelic, German, English
Higher education
St Patricks Carlow College: Ireland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up shot put in 2008 at age 23 in Portlaoise, Ireland.
Why this sport?
She stopped playing sports after losing her vision. Irish Paralympian Garrett Culliton, the disability officer with the Laois Sports Partnership, suggested she try athletics. Initially, she tried tandem cycling, but opted for athletics.
Name of coach
Dave Sweeney [national], IRL

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Ireland
Location
Netherlands

General interest

Nicknames
Lasers (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Most influential person in career
Irish wheelchair rugby player Garret Culliton. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Belief is the strongest method to help me succeed." (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Other sports
She has also competed in tandem cycling for Ireland. (laois-nationalist.ie, 01 Oct 2010)
Impairment
She contracted vasculitis in her brain at age 18 and had an operation to relieve the pressure. On the day of her release she collapsed and was taken back to hospital. Following four brain haemorrhages, she spent time in intensive care and awoke to find she was blind and with no feeling down one side of her body. Although her vision did not return, the paralysis was only temporary. (leinsterexpress.ie, 06 Oct 2010, Athlete, 20 Dec 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F11 Final 2011-01-26 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F11/12 Final Round 2012-09-01 13
Women's Shot Put F11/12 Final Round 2012-09-05 12