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Mary Fitzgerald



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Kilkenny, IRL
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Occupational Therapy - University College Cork: Ireland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2010.
Why this sport?
"I was always a very active person, who hated sitting down doing nothing for more than five minutes. I enjoyed playing football, ice skating, horse riding, and ice hockey with Kilkenny City Storm. I've always enjoyed sport. I didn't see the fact that I was a little shorter than my friends as a reason to hold me back. I didn't want to let my height stop me from achieving what I wanted to achieve. I won't let anyone or anything stop me from doing what I want to do. From horse riding to ice hockey, I didn't let my height stop me pursuing different sports. That said, shot put is definitely the one for me."
Club / Team
Gowran Athletic Club: Kilkenny, IRL
Name of coach
John McCarthy, IRL, from 2018; Jeff Gomez

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Ice hockey, ice skating. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2019 IWAS World Games in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and competing at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (paralympicsire YouTube channel, 15 Nov 2019; Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealander shot putter Valerie Adams. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon." (, 01 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Irish Wheelchair Association [IWA-Sport] Junior Athlete of the Year. (, 26 Feb 2017)

She received the 2014 Jamie Boyle Memorial Award from IWA-Sport for her services to sport. (IWA-Sport Facebook page, 22 Nov 2014)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 09 Apr 2020)
She is a person of short stature. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Other information
In 2018 she received a sports scholarship as part of the Quercus Talented Students Programme at University College Cork in Ireland. (, 06 Jul 2018)