Saturday 21 April 2018

Orla going for gold in discus

Ireland's Orla Barry. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland's Orla Barry. Photo: Sportsfile
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Orla Barry may be one of Ireland's great hopes for a gold medal at the Paralympics but the 26-year-old Cork woman is staying grounded about her chances.

"I don't want to psych myself out," she said. "You don't know what it will be like until the day. Everyone here is trying to get a medal."

The discus thrower is currently ranked second in the world in her field and is the current European champion.

Orla already has a Paralympic medal to her name after picking up bronze at the London Games and came fifth in Beijing.

And while she is hoping to add another medal, just taking part in an honour.

"The Paralympics is the biggest competition you can compete in. Even to get here is fantastic," she said.

Orla started her sporting career in swimming when she was 9 but took up athletics at 16, never looking back. She will compete on Thursday.

The full-time athlete is a double amputee from childhood. She urged young people of all abilities to get out and try sport, adding: "My advice would be to get out and try any type of sport, they never know what might happen. I was lucky enough to make a career out of my sport."

Irish Independent

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