Meet Sligo’s Paralympic athletes

The Opening Ceremony for the 2020 Toyko Paralympics takes place on Tuesday, August 24th (12pm Irish time).

Ireland has sent a team of 29 competitors to Japan. Two of them are from Sligo.

Here, we introduce you to them – and the events they’ll be competing in.

Martin Gordon - Cycling

Martin is a native of Hazelwood in Sligo. He is a past-pupil of Sligo Grammar School - and lost his sight at the age of 17. He works by day as an in-house Barrister with An Garda Síochána. He's a tandem sprint cyclist along with racing partner Eamonn Byrne (Dublin). This is Martin's first Paralympic Games.
From:Hazelwood, Sligo
Events:1000m (Kilo) indoor time trial, road race, road time trial
When's he on TV?Saturday, Aug 28th
03.27am (Irish time)

Listen to Martin’s pre-Games interview with Ocean FM Sport here:



Patrick Flanagan - Swimming

Patrick comes from a very well-known sporting family in Rosses Point in county Sligo. He grew up in Longford and has a Economics & Finance degree from UCD - and was awarded an Ad Astra Scholarship in June 2021. He reached the final of the 400m freestyle - his main event - at the European Championships in Madeira earlier this year. His Paralympic classification is S6 (Spina bifida). This is his first Paralympic Games.
Age: 23
From: Rosses Point, Sligo
(Grew up in Longford)
Events400m freestyle, 100m backstroke
When's he on TV?Thursday, Sept 2nd (03.00am Irish time)


The Paralympic Games run from Tuesday, August 24th to Sunday, September 5th, 2021.