Ronan Rooney is one of Ireland’s most experienced Paralympians having competed in five consecutive Paralympic games between 1984 and 2000; his best result coming in the marathon in 1984 where he secured a bronze.

In the past, Rooney has won the Liverpool Open in the teams and the world Wheelchair Games in 1998. His most recent accolade is the silver which he achieved in the Irish Open with his partner Philip Quinlan.

He clinched Paralympic qualification in March this year courtesy of his good performances in 2011, where he achieved silver in the Copa Tango teams, and bronze in the singles, and also silver and two bronze in the US Open, Copa Costa Rica and the Bayreuth Open team events.

He will compete in both singles and men’s events in London, which will be his sixth Paralympic Games.

Age: 52

Hometown: Bearna, Galway

Disability: spinal cord injury

Sports classification: TT1