Johnny Cronin has competed in every major boccia championships since 1997 with the exception of Beijing 2008. His gold medal in the BC3 pairs at Sydney 2000 remains an impressive career highlight.

He has bounced back from that disappointment by securing individual qualification for London 2012. His impressive performance at the 2010 World Championships in Lisbon where he finished ninth can only be a sign of things to come from Cronin.

London 2012 will be Johnny’s third Paralympic Games having competed in both Sydney and Athens.

Age: 43

Residence: Mallow, Cork

Disability: cerebral palsy

Sports classification: BC3