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Noelle Lenihan, Paralympic discus thrower

Thursday, 22nd November, 2018 10:21am

Name and Position: Noelle Lenihan, Paralympic discus thrower

Age: 18

Lives: Milford

Family: There are nine of us in total. My mam and dad, my five sisters, Siobhán, Liz, Sharon, Eimear, Megan, and my brother James.

Pets: I have three dogs, Alfie, Buster and Holly.

Favourite thing about Cork: Its location. Each section of Cork is very different and that makes it special.

Least favourite thing about Cork: Nothing comes to mind!

One thing you’d change about Cork: That the weather would be nicer more often!

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

I wanted to be a firefighter for a while, until I realized you had to be impeccably fit.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I started throwing shot put when I was around eight years of age. I was introduced to Paralympic sport at 15 years old, and just five months later I was world record holder and world silver medallist. Five major championships later, I have five major medals! Not a bad tally.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

I genuinely just like to throw. It’s demanding, both physically and mentally, which I find enjoyable.

What motivates you?

Naturally, I’m both a competitive and stubborn person so I have no problem motivating myself.

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