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From spina bifida to representing her country: the life of an Irish paralympian –

Irish paralympian Patrice Dockery joins us on Girls With Goals this week.

Her incredible career has spanned well over two decades and on our podcast this week Dubliner Patrice Dockery opens up about representing Ireland at six (!) Paralympic Games, and how her life has moved on since retiring and becoming a mother.

For the full interview listen in at 19.45 below or keep reading.

Born with Spina Bifida, at ten years of age Patrice became involved with The Irish Wheelchair Association. Growing up shy, her parents decided that sport would be a great tool to build confidence and get her interacting and socialising with other children her age.

With the IWA, Patrice explained that as a junior athlete you’re able to try any sport you like. From basketball to archery it was track racing that finally hooked her. Citing her love of speed, it became apparent early on that Patrice had a natural talent and her training began in earnest.

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