Ailbhe Kelly


DOB: 18/09/1998

Hometown:  Castleknock, Dublin

Classification: S8

Ailbhe swims with the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) Swim Club along with fellow senior Paralympic squad members, Ellen Keane and James Scully.

At just 15 years of age she made her international competition debut in 2014, when she competed at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven swimming an impressive three lifetime bests in the S8 100m backstroke (twice), and the 400m freestyle to finish fifth overall in each.

Ailbhe went on to compete in three events at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow in 2015 and set a new lifetime best when she finished eighth in the final of the S8 Women’s 100m backstroke. Additionally she set new lifetime bests in each of her three events while also hitting a Rio 2016 qualifying standard in the 400m Freestyle. At the 2016 IPC Swimming European Championships, Ailbhe reached four finals and set five PBs.

Ailbhe raced in the 100m & 400m Freestyle as well as the 100m Backstroke at the Rio Paralympic Games. She didn't advance to the finals but the valuable experience of having competed at the very highest international stage will benefit Ailbhe as she continues to progress.

Now 18 she is currently studying for her Leaving Cert in Castleknock College. Ailbhe has Arthrogryposis which means for her a weakness in her lower limbs.