7 August 2023; The 2023 Irish World Para Swimming Championships swimmer Róisín Ní Riain poses for a photograph with her Gold and Silver medals at Dublin Airport on Team Ireland's return from the 2023 World Para Swimming Championships in Manchester. Photo by Tyler Miller/Sportsfile

Róisín Ní Ríain

Róisín Ní Riain is a rising star in Para-Swimming. Competing in the S13 category (visually impaired), the 18-year-old has already achieved notable success in her career. She has already won multiple medals at the World Para-Swimming Championships (2023 & 2022). The Limerick women is also the current World Para-Swimming Champion in the 100m Backstroke (S13).  In 2023 she also set a world record 200m Backstroke and secured a spot for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Ní Riain is known for her remarkable dedication to swimming, even while balancing her academic pursuits. She recently completed her Leaving Certificate and is now studying Science in University of Limerick.  Róisín competed at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics at just 16 years old and made five finals. Early that year (2021) she won bronze at the European Para-Swimming Championship in the 100m Backstroke. She is coached by John Szaranek and trains with the elite swimming group at the University of Limerick the has a promising future in the sport.


Events: S13 100m Backstroke, S13 100m Butterfly, SB13 100m Breaststroke, S13 50m & 200m Freestyle, SM13 200m Individual Medley (IM)



  • Swim Ireland Para Swimmer of the Year Award Winner, November 2023
  • World Para-Swimming Championships, Manchester June 2023

Gold S13 100m Backstroke final in a personal best of 1:06:62.

Silver S13 100m Butterfly in a personal best of 01:06.00.

  • World Record, May 2023

Set a World Para-Swimming World Record (long course) in the S13 200 Backstroke of 2:25.23 at the Para Swimming World Series Berlin.



  • World Record, December 2022

Set a World Para-Swimming World Record in the S13 200m Backstroke (short course) with a time of 2:21.20

  • World Para-Swimming Championships, June 2022

Bronze S13 100m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke Butterfly



  • Competed in the 2020 Paralympic Games, making six finals. September 2021
  • European Para-Swimming Championship, Madeira May 2021,

Bronze medal S13 100m Backstroke & made five additional European Finals