Patrick O'Leary


DOB: 17/10/1972
Hometown:  Cork, now based in Moycullen, Galway
Disability Group: Amputee 

The Cork native is aiming to become the first canoeist to compete at a Paralympic Games when the sport makes its debut in 2016. He is now even closer to achieving this dream as, in May, he came first in the 'B' final at the Paracanoeing World Cup in Germany to ensure a paracanoeing slot for Ireland at the Games in Rio. Pat was canoeing for a long time before losing his leg in recent years. He competes in the K1 class; a 200m straight sprint. The dad of two combines his training with a full time job in the School of Chemistry at National University of Ireland, Galway. Pat, who is coached by former Irish international Neil Fleming, has been steadily climbing the world rankings.