New World Record for Noelle

Hazelwood College student and member of the Ireland National Paralympics team Noelle Lenihan, set a new world record on her way to winning gold at this years IPC European Championships taking place currently in Grosseto, Italy.

Here is Noelle setting a new world record with her throw in the championships.

Women’s discus throw F38 | Victory Ceremony | 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships Grosseto

Here’s how NewsTalk 103-106FM reported on her success:

Cork’s Noelle Lenihan has added to Ireland’s medal collection at the IPC Athletics European Championships on Sunday evening, when she secured a gold medal and set a new World Record in the F38 Discus final.

Noelle set the new World Record on her very first attempt, when she threw a whopping 32.14m – a throw that put her straight to the top of the table and eventually won her the gold medal.

Speaking about the fantastic performance, National Throws Coach Dave Sweeney said: “She did great, and we’re really happy. She was very controlled, and to be honest, she has been throwing further than that the last few days in training so she’s a little bit disappointed that she didn’t throw further today! There was a tricky wind, which blew a lot of the discs down so it was a fantastic for her to throw so well in those conditions.

“This is a really big step in her career – to break a World Record and win a European Championships in one go and to then be a little bit unhappy with the performance is the sign of a good mindset and a sign of more exciting things to come in Rio!

“She will come away from today having learned a lot, she had very good competition there so she was pushed to the very end and we’re delighted for her.”

This was Ireland’s second medal of the Championships, following on from Deirdre Mongan’s bronze medal on Day One on Saturday in the F53/54 Shot Put final.

World Record for Noelle

Congratulations to Hazelwood College student Noelle Lenihan on winning a Silver Medal for Ireland at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. On her way to securing the medal Noelle set a new personal best on her first throw and a new World Record with her second throw.

Also congratulations to her father, Jim, who is also Noelle’s coach and all at North Cork Athletics Club.

Here is a video of the Victory Cermony from Doha:

Here is a video of the final itself:

Here is the story of Noelle’s success as reported on RTE Sport

Teenager Noelle Lenihan takes silver in Doha

Updated: Monday, 26 Oct 2015 16:30

Fifteen-year-old Noelle Lenihan from Charleville in Co Cork has sensationally won discus silver at the IPC Paralympic Athletics World Championships in Doha today.

The teenager, who was making her major championship debut, showed a complete absence of anticipated nerves in recording a lifetime best throw of 30.68metres with her very first attempt.

Impressively she followed this up with another lifetime best and new F38 world record of 31.64m with her second throw.

This mark was the best of her six attempts and secured her the much coveted silver medal behind F37 reigning Paralympic champion Na Mi of China with a winning mark of 33.59m. Renee-Danielle Foessel took bronze with 30.39m.

Smashing pic of Noelle with her world silver,proud dad & coach Jim & national coach @ThrowsIreland #irishroadtorio
— Paralympics Ireland (@ParalympicsIRE) October 26, 2015
Reacting to her medal win Lenihan said: “I got a PB, world record and silver medal in my first major championship. I turn 16 in a few days’ time so naturally I’m going to gain more experience and improve my explosive power which can only results in further improvement.

“But for today I’m delighted. My dad, who’s my coach, and my older siblings are all here in the crowd supporting me which is very special.”

Speaking about Noelle’s performance, Irish national Paralympic throws coach Dave Sweeney said: “I can’t believe how well Noelle handled the pressure of competing at this level. She was like a seasoned pro.

“Even after breaking the world record she remained focused on the small details that we agreed would make her throw well. At 15 years old she has an incredible future in this sport. Hopefully they’ll have some great celebrations in North Cork Athletics club.”

Tomorrow is set to be the busiest day for the Irish team in Doha: four Irish athletes are in action.

Throwers Orla Barry and Deirdre Mongan are out first in the morning session in their respective finals; F57 discus and F53 dhot put.

In the evening session three time Paralympian wheelchair racer John McCarthy will line up in the heats of the T51m 100m hoping to advance to the final.

Another major championship debutant, Waterford’s Hayley Fitzsimons goes in the final of the F40 shot put keen to gain valuable experience at this level.

Finally Noelle’s success as reported in the Irish Independent on Tuesday 27th October

Noelle Doha