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Hayley Fitzsimons

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Classification
F40

Further personal information

Residence
Portlaw, IRL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Sport Management - Waterford Institute of Technology [WIT]: Ireland

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"I always played sport but never at such a high level until I started doing athletics. With athletics, you're always trying to better yourself."
Club / Team
Waterford Athletic Club: Ireland
Name of coach
Tom Prendergast [personal]
Training Regime
She trains seven days a week at the Waterford Institute of Technology [WIT] Arena in Ireland.

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her family. (shona.ie, 22 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Welsh Para athletics athlete Aled Davies. (shona.ie, 22 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be yourself, enjoy what you do. If people cannot accept you for who you are, it is them that have the problem and not you. Also, never give up on your dreams. There is no such thing as 'I can't', anything is possible." (shona.ie, 22 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
She was awarded the Gold Sports Scholarship Award for her achievements in Para athletics by the Waterford Institute of Technology [WIT] in February 2018. (Facebook page, 08 Feb 2018; waterford-news.ie, 30 Nov 2017)

She was named Waterford Institute of Technology [WIT] Department of Health Sports and Exercise Science Female Sports Person of the Year for 2015/16. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2018; wit.ie, 07 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (wit.ie, 26 May 2017)
Impairment
She is a person of short stature. (paralympic.org, 27 Oct 2015)
Other information
COACHING
She is a certified Level 1 coach with Athletics Ireland. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's in youth arts and sports education at University College Cork [UCC] in Ireland. (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F40 Final 1 2015-10-27 6