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Sinead Keon

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F41

Further personal information

Residence
Galway, IRL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Business - Galway Technical Institute [GTI]: Ireland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2012 at the Galway Speeders club in Ireland.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up the sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Club / Team
Loughrea AC: Ireland

General interest

Nicknames
Pocket Rocket (connachttribune.ie, 25 Nov 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Conquer from within." (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
In November 2018 she received the Jimmy Byrne Award at the Irish Wheelchair Association ceremony in Kilkenny, Ireland. (Galway Speeders Facebook page, 21 Nov 2018; connachttribune.ie, 15 Nov 2018)

She was named the 2017 Para Sport Galway Sports Star of the Year. (galwaygaa.ie, 2017)

She was named the 2013 Athlete of the Year in Field Athletics by the Irish Wheelchair Association. (speeders.ie, Jan 2014)

She was named the 2012 Best Newcomer of the Year by the Irish Wheelchair Association. (galwaybayfm.ie, 08 Aug 2016)
Other sports
She represented Ireland in Para badminton and Para table tennis at the 2013 World Dwarf Games in East Lansing, MI, United States of America. She reached the quarterfinals in the mixed doubles in Para badminton and won gold in Para table tennis. She retained her Para table tennis title at the 2017 Games in Guelph, ON, Canada. (Facebook page, 03 Oct 2019; badmintonireland.com, 09 Aug 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (connachttribune.ie, 15 Nov 2018)
Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia, a condition which affects bone growth. (galwaybayfm.ie, 08 Aug 2016)