Niamh McCarthy

Niamh McCarthy is an Irish Paralympic discus thrower, competing in the F41 classification, a classification for persons of reduced stature. She is the 2018 European champion in the event at her classification and, as of August 2018, the European record holder at 31.76 metres. Rio Silver Medal was the hardest fought. World 2017 Silver Medal

Niamh’s story in rising to elite medal-winning athlete level is both inspiring and encouraging. Yet, what makes her most attractive to audiences is her openness and her infectious sense of adventure and enthusiasm. Listening to her automatically improves your mood.

Niamh’s presentation was inspiring and dynamic, and she had the ability to weave a story of her rich life experience with passion and enthusiasm. It included everything from failure to success at the highest level and even some skydiving for good measure.


Boston Scientific - Aoife Tobin: Niamh came to talk to our employee resource groups on her experiences. She ticks many of the boxes that we would typically focus on in our cultural journey towards diversity as she is young, female, successful and did not allow any perceived barriers hinder her on her journey to the Paralympics. She was inspirational with her can-do attitude and honest discussion around overcoming obstacles, both personal and professional, to achieve success. I would highly recommend her as a keynote speaker.