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Swimmer Roisin Ni Riain has won bronze at the World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal on Sunday. Swimmer Roisin Ni Riain has won bronze at the World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal on Sunday.

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Limerick swimmer Roisin Ni Riain wins bronze at the World Para Swimming Championships

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Swimmer Roisin Ni Riain has won bronze at the World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal on Sunday.

Roisin will compete in four more events throughout the championships

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

Limerick swimmer Roisin Ni Riain won bronze in swimming at the World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal on Sunday.

Roisin set Ireland off to a great start as she held off her opponent Joanna Mendak from Poland in the Women’s 100m S13 butterfly and claimed her medal by 0.25 of a second.

Roisin will return to the water again as she competes for more times, including a medal in the SB13 100m Backstroke Final, the first of four more events.

From Drombanna, Limerick teenager Róisín attends the all-Irish secondary school Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, and noted that the school has been quite supportive and understanding of her schedule.

Roisin is a part of the S13 Visually impaired group and struggles with poor peripheral vision. She trains under the guidance of her coach John Szaranek at the Limerick Swimming Club and has competed in many events such as the S13 100m Backstroke, S13 100m Butterfly and 200M Freestyle.

Last September, Roisin competed in the Tokyo Paralympics and was remarkably the youngest athlete at the games and swam a time of 1:10, qualifying for the final.

In 2021, she won a bronze medal in the S13 backstroke at a time of 1:09. She also made five other European finals and was fourth in the 100m freestyle.

Speaking on her victory, Limerick swimmer Roisin commented “I am absolutely delighted, I wasn’t expecting it, I was hoping but I wasn’t expecting it so I am absolutely thrilled,”

“I am so so happy and I really couldn’t have gotten to it without the help of everyone – all the staff here, Paralympics Ireland, all my coaches, friends and family back home so it’s a massive thanks to them as well for their support and encouragement.”

Congratulations to Roisin on her huge achievement and best of luck in the next few competitions to come.

For more stories on Roisin Ni Riain go HERE

For more information on the Ireland Paralympics, go HERE

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