Para-swimmer Sean O’Riordan recieves UCC Sports Scholarship
Cork native, 19 year old Sean O’Riordan, a first year student of Speech and Language Therapy and long-time swimmer with Sundays Well SC, has just been awarded a Sports Scholarship.
Sean has a visual impairment called myopic astigmatism. This means he is very short-sighted and particularly sensitive to light. In sunlight he finds it very hard to see.
Sean first got classified Nationally by Paralympics Ireland, and then in 2017 was classified internationally. He has represented the country on several occasions, and has been to two World Series events, in Berlin and Sheffield.
Earlier this year, the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships was held at the National Aquatics Centre hosted. At his first major home event, he smashed several personal best records. He says “This event stands out to me the most. It was my biggest event so far and it was great to have a home crowd behind me. I am currently ranked in the top 10 in Europe for 100m backstroke in Paralympic rankings.”
O’Riordan takes great pride in representing his country on the world stage. “To me, it is a great honour to represent my country. I intend to give it my all and do Ireland proud.”
So, what’s next? Currently, he is working towards 2019 World Championships which will take place in July next year. He has achieved two of the qualification times so far. After that, it will be Tokyo 2020 (where he recently trained with the Paralympic probables).