Ellen Keane

Paralympic, World & European Medallist 

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Three-Time Paralympian: 24-year-old native of Clontarf, Dublin is a three-time Paralympic Swimmer becoming Ireland’s youngest Paralympic athlete at 13, when she swam in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Medal Haul: Claimed bronze in the 100m breaststroke at the Rio Paralympic Games, 2016. Became the breakstroke champion at the 2018 European Paraswimmimg Championships and is a four-time World Para Swimming medallist.

Voice for Disability: A strong voice for Paralympic Sport she also advocates for greater visibility of disability across all mediums.

Body Positivity: Having struggled to accept her body as a teenager she is now advocates for acceptance of our perfectly imperfect selves & delivers a key note speech on positive body image.

Fashionista:  Also loves style & fashion and was nominated for VIP Style Awards  Most Stylish Newcomer.

Foodie: Studied Culinary Entrepreneurship in DIT, Ellen has a passion for healthy food and is a mean baker too!

Key Achievements

2019 IPC World Championships Bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke (SM9)

2018 European Champion 100m breastsroke & Bronze in IM. RTÉ Sports Person of the Year nominee. Named one of Ireland’s top 50 most influential women in Irish Sport. Named as Image Magazine Change Maker. Named as U Magazine 30U30 and sportswomen of the year.

2017 Won numerous medals at the World Para Swimming Series

2016 Bronze at the Rio Paralympic Games, in the 100m breaststroke 2016 and made finals in both the Backstroke and Butterfly swimming personal bests in both. Lord Mayor Award Recipient: Contribution to Irish Society. Image Magazine: 40 Inspirational Irish Women Under 40.

2015 IPC World Championships Bronze medal in the 200m Individual Medley final (SM9)

2014: Three 4th place finishes at the IPC European Championships and swim two lifetime bests at the European Championships in Eindhoven.

2013 IPC World Championships won two Bronze medals; Breastsroke & Butterfly.

2012: Paralympic Games in London made three finals.

2008: Became Ireland’s youngest Paralympian aged 13 year of age.