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Ellen Keane Hopes To “Inspire” Other Disabled Kids And Adults During European Championships

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The World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships get underway at the National Aquatic Centre on Monday 13th August.

Ireland will have eight athletes representing their country with pride at this event and in the build-up to this much-anticipated championship, we will be profiling each of the members of Team Ireland.

Next up is Ellen Keane who hails from Clontarf in Dublin. Keane has competed at a five European Championships to date and she secured a bronze medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.

The upcoming European Championships will be special for Keane as she is a member of the NAC swimming club who swim out of the National Aquatic Centre.

Keane was born without a left arm below her elbow and she will compete across four events in the S9 classification. Her main event, the 100m breaststroke will take place on Sunday, August 19th.

Ahead of the European Championships next week, Keane spoke about the upcoming opportunity to inspire future Irish Paralympians and to educate the Irish public about Paralympic sport.

“That’s the whole point about it being here, it’s about educating people in Paralympic sport and hopefully, inspiring other disabled kids or adults to try and get involved in Paralympic sport or even just to give people a different perception of what disabled people can do and what they look like and all the glorious and inglorious things about sport!”

You can watch our full interview with Keane below:

Check out our previous interviews with Team Ireland’s Barry McClementsSean O’Riordan, Jonathan McGrathNicole Turner, Patrick Flanagan and Ailbhe Kelly

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