Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began wheelchair racing in 2013 at age 27.
Why this sport?
He got involved in the sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I used to do athletics but gave it up for football when I was 18. When I was younger I felt I could motivate myself only as part of a team but I feel the opposite now. Furthermore, I wanted to do something, some kind of sport but I didn't know what. I didn't want to play a team sport. I'd never played basketball and just because I had a disability, I wasn't going to take up wheelchair basketball."
Club / Team
Le Cheile Athletics Club: Kildare, IRL
Name of coach
Mark Rohan [personal], IRL, from 2020
He trains on the roads around Kildare, Ireland, and also does sessions at Mondello Park, a motorsport venue in County Kildare.
Pa, Paddy (Twitter profile, 15 Aug 2019; Magic Minds Podcast YouTube channel, 28 Apr 2019)
Watching rugby, walking, listening to podcasts. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing 16th in the T54 marathon event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (balls.ie, 18 Sep 2016; Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Irish rugby union player Paul O'Connell. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Illness caused him to pull out of the heats for the T53 800m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was bed-ridden for four days but returned to competition on the final day of the Games to finish 16th in the T54 marathon. (leinsterleader.ie, 30 Oct 2016, 13 Sep 2016; balls.ie, 18 Sep 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always checks the tracking on his chair the evening before a race. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give it my best in preparation and competition." (Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
His father Mick Monahan refereed the 2005 GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final [Gaelic football] between Tyrone and Kerry. (rte.ie, 11 May 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 09 Aug 2021)
His impairment is the result of a road accident in December 2007, when he drove over a patch of ice and overturned his car. He spent six months in hospital. (hitormissmag.wordpress.com, 26 Jan 2015; Athlete, 18 Aug 2021)
|Men's 800 m T53||Heat 2||2016-09-14||9999|
|Men's Marathon T54||Final Round||2016-09-18||16|
|Men's 1500 m T54||Heat 2||2017-07-16||26|
|Men's 800 m T53||Heat 2||2017-07-19||12|