KILFYNN resident Roy Guerin is stranger to the big stage and he has the experience of two previous Paralympics in his armoury as he prepares for London 2012.
Born in Tralee, but a resident of Leam, Roy competed in Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008 where he finished an impressive sixth in the 100m wheelchair sprint.
He has experienced competitive success at the very highest level in the 100m, winning bronze at the 1998 World Championships, gold at the 2001 European Championships, and silver in both the 2003 and 2005 European Championships. Roy also won bronze in the 60m at the 2006 World Indoor Championships.
Now, however, the Kerry County Council Housing Manager has changed sporting codes and will compete in the powerlifting discipline at this year's Paralympics.
The transition to a completely different discipline has made Roy no less competitive – he won gold in the 2011 British Nationals in the 75kg class and silver 2012 in the same event but in the 67.5kg class.
When he competes in the 67.4kg class at the ExCel Arena in London on Sunday, September 2, Roy will become Ireland's first powerlifter in over 50 years, following in the footsteps of Oliver Murphy, who competed in Rome in 1960.
Before he departed for London, Roy remarked that while the excitement was building up ahead of the games, the competition would be quite a challenge.
"The build-up is exciting and my training is going ok. You need to put in a lot of work and I'm doing one long session every day," he said. "Swapping disciplines is a massive change and it's a big challenge."