Shane Ryan began rowing in 2007 and has enjoyed success as an individual, winning gold in 2010′s LTA Open World Indoor Rowing Championship.

As part of the Irish team, he secured fifth Place in the 2010 World Championships in New Zealand. Their fifth-place finish at Slovenia’s 2011 World Rowing Championships means that they will become the first Irish boat to compete at a Paralympic Games.

Ryan is the youngest member of the LTA mixed four crew and his appearance at London 2012 should be the first of many Paralympic honours.

Age: 23

Hometown: Ballybricken, Limerick

Disability: visually impaired

Sports classification: LTA