Ailish  Dunne, from Mountmellick, Co Laois, who lost her sight in 2003, took up athletics in 2009. She competes in both discus and shot put.

She had an impressive season in 2011 which resulted in sixth place in the discus in the IPC World Athletics Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011, achieving four personal best performances along the way.

In 2012, she is ranked seventh in the world in shot put, and fith in the discus.

She hopes to carry this form into her first Paralympic Games in London.

Age: 27

Hometown: Mountmellick, Co Laois

Disability: visually impaired (vasculitis)

Sports classification: F11