Orla Barry, Ladysbridge own champion Paralympian has retained her Gold medal at the European Para Athletic Championships in Berlin on Tuesday 21 August. All 6 discus throws were gold standard and she comfortably beat her nearest rival’s best throw of by over 8 metres with a staggering throw of 28.76 metres. In the weeks approaching the competition, the East Cork Journal spoke to Orla about her preparation for the competition.
Her discipline of choice is discus F57 (F57 referring to Field sport and 57 refers to her disability – double leg amputee). Speaking to the East Cork Journal as she prepares in these final two weeks before heading off to Berlin on August 17 she said, “Training is going very well. In the run up to any major competition like this one, routine is key. For the last month, my training schedule has changed as we countdown to Berlin. At the moment, the main focus is on health and recovery while keeping myself physically and mentally geared for that one evening's performance. It's important that I'm not tired but and feel fresh and hungry for the competition.”
Mental readiness is a huge part of training for professional athletes like Orla. Careful to avoid injury, her routine, as she mentioned, leans at this stage towards keeping her body set for quick recovery after each session and a calm, determined mental state. “There can be difficulties that arise when travelling to competitions, transport delays for example. I have come across most problems over the years but by now my preparedness training is a huge help to keep me focused and allows me to execute plans to cope with or avoid the little things that can go wrong.”
As a professional athlete, Orla is fully funded by Sport Ireland which allows her to train full time and travel to competitions
Congratulations Orla on proudly representing your country and bringing home the Gold!!!!