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MCCARTHY Niamh
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ireland   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthCork, IRL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T41, F41
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cork, IRL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
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. 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.
Club / Team
Eagle AC: Cork, IRL
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Ireland
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Hobbies
Skydiving. (Twitter profile, 08 Jul 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (corkindependent.com, 20 Feb 2014)
Hero / Idol
Canadian BASE jumper Lonnie Bissonnette. (eveningecho.ie, 16 Oct 2015)
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
"You just have to do the best you can at all times and see where it takes you." (eveningecho.ie, 16 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was the 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)
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 was named as a member of Paralympics Ireland's athletes' commission. (paralympics.ie, 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
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 Discus Throw F41 23.66
2 2017 Discus Throw F41 26.17
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 Discus Throw F40/41 27.05
1 2018 Discus Throw F41 31.76