Orla Barry wins gold at IPC Athletics European Championships

Cork and Leevale para-athlete Orla Barry has secured Ireland’s third medal of the 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships yesterday in Grosseto, Italy, when she took home gold in the F57 Discus final.

Barry had to keep calm and focused during a competition which saw some good throwing from Bulgaria’s Ivanka Koleva and Germany’s Martina Willing, but as the Irish athlete was last up to throw, she knew exactly what she needed to do to take home gold and went on to throw a fantastic PB distance of 31.18m to ensure her place at the top of the podium.

Speaking about yet another fantastic performance from the Irish squad, National Throws Coach Dave Sweeney said: “This is yet another great result for the Irish squad and it also shows how much Orla has come on, particularly in the last few months.

“It was a brilliant, brilliant performance, as you can see from the results, she was way ahead of her competitors, so it was even better that she was able to lift her performance so much. She was looking to send a message out to the rivals she would be facing in Rio and she’s certainly done that!

“She is extremely happy, but feels she has more to give still. She has had fantastic focus coming into this, she’s been working very hard, and maintained that on the field today. We’re delighted.”

Follow the progress of the Irish Paralympic squad on the Paralympics Ireland website