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Nicola Dore



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Limerick, IRL
English, French
Higher education
Administration Studies - Limerick Institute of Technology: Ireland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para powerlifting in February 2015 at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Why this sport?
"I'm a sports nut. From a young age I have always loved sport. I never told myself, 'No, I can't play that'. I found ways around it. I started my [Para powerlifting] journey in 2015 after a basketball coach asked if I would be interested in trying it out. I had never heard of Para powerlifting before. It was something new and at the time there were no other women in Ireland doing it. I wanted to change that."
Name of coach
Roy Guerin, IRL

International debut

Competing for
Eger, HUN

General interest

Nikki, Sparky (Instagram profile, 19 Apr 2022)
Basketball, reading, baking, going to concerts, travel. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in the 61kg category at the 2021 World Cup in Manchester, England. (Limerick Voice, 09 Apr 2022; Instagram profile, 27 Mar 2022;, 28 Mar 2021)
Most influential person in career
British Para powerlifters Ali Jawad and Micky Yule. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Irish Para sprinter Jason Smyth. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love what I do. Raising the bar is more than a sport to me. It's ability. It's inclusion. It's strength. It is power. It's female empowerment. That you are possible. That you can be anything you want to be. That disability does not mean inability. I've always strived to promote ability and inclusion. I look at the word 'disabled' as 'differently abled'." (, 16 Jun 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in wheelchair racing at national level. (, 27 Jul 2015)
She was born 10 weeks premature with spastic diplegia, a type of cerebral palsy. (Facebook page, 06 Apr 2022; Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 55.00kg Final 2017-12-03 14