Paralympics Ireland Embraces Twitter

15 Jul 2011 By IPC

Over the past few months, Paralympics Ireland panel members and coaches have caught the “Twitter” bug and have been giving a super insight into the drive towards the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

In Athletics, the fastest Paralympian in the world Jason Smyth (@smyth_jason), who won 100m and 200m T13 Paralympic gold in Beijing has joined twitter as has his team Michael McKillop (@Mckillop21), who not only claimed the 800m T37 Paralympic gold in Beijing but also took the world titles in 800m and 1,500m earlier this year.

Fellow athletes Ray O’Dwyer (@Ray0Dwyer), Ailish Dunne (@awesome_ails) and Orla Barry (@xorlabarryx) also like to keep everyone updated on their training and competition activities.

World Handcycling Champion Mark Rohan (@mark_rohan), teammate Enda Smyth (@enda_smyth), and Paracycling Team Manager, Denis Toomey (Paracycling1) fly the flag for Cycling, while Rowing’s Shane Ryan (@ShaneRyan4), Sarah Caffrey (@SarahCaffrey), Kevin du Toit (@kedutoit) and cox Helen Arbuthnot (@helen_arbuthnot) all speak regularly about their dream of competing at London 2012.

Swimming is represented by ex-Paralympic gold medalist and now Head of Paralympic Swimming, Dave Malone (@davemalone77) while sailor Anthony Hegarty (@ant_hegarty) was first to break last week’s fantastic news about the Sonar crew’s qualification for the Games!

Lastly, Padraic Moran (@padraicsboccia) is a huge contributor and is currently the sole representative from our Boccia team.

So if you are on Twitter, please follow the latest Irish news and join the athletes on their journey to London. You can also get the official Paralympics Ireland angle at @paralympicsire so there should be plenty of excitement in the lead up to 2012.

Finally, the official International Paralympic Committee twitter feed can be found at