With 49 athletes across ten sports, this is the largest Irish Paralympic team since Atlanta 1996.
Five reigning world champions will line up for Team Ireland – athletics’ Michael McKillop and Catherine O’Neill, plus cyclists Mark Rohan, Catherine Walsh and Colin Lynch. McKillop and fellow track star Jason Smyth will also defend the Paralympic titles they won at Beijing 2008. In addition, Ireland will compete for the first time ever in the sports of shooting and rowing at the Games.
For a full list of the team and sports, please click here
A special congratulations goes to the 5 members of the team from Northern Ireland. The are:
Micheal McKillop from Newtownabbey - T37 800m and 1500m
Jason Symth from Eglinton - T13 100m and 200m
James Brown from Stonehouse - MB Cycling
Bethany Firth from Seaford - S14 Swimming
Laurence McGivern from Rostrevor - S9 Swimming