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Barry McClements

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Dublin, IRL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10 at Ards Swimming Club in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.
Why this sport?
His school was going to start swimming lessons so he wanted to learn. "Swimming is my passion. When I'm in the water I'm just like everyone else."
Club / Team
Ards Swimming Club: Newtownards, NIR
Name of coach
Davy Johnston [club]

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Ireland
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Funchal, POR

General interest

Hobbies
Playing computer games, watching football, spending time with friends. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, US rapper Eminem. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A race lasts a minute, a medal lasts a lifetime." (Swim Ulster Facebook page, 19 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours
He received special recognition awards from Swim Ulster for competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Ards Swimming Club Facebook page, 13 Nov 2021; swimulster.net, 09 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was born with fibular hemimelia, where part of the fibula bone is missing. His right leg was amputated above the knee at 10 months old. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; belfastlive.co.uk, 18 Apr 2016)