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Hi! I’m Barry Murphy. I am an Irish sprint swimmer, born and raised in Fairview on the Northside of Dublin. I have been the country’s leader in the sport for the last 10 years. At 19, I left home for the first time for the University of Tennessee, to progress with my swimming. After my time here, I moved to Ann Arbour, Michigan to be a part of a swimming programme for post-graduates. I have since returned to Ireland and currently, I am studying for an MSc in Digital Marketing, alongside my training.
I have competed in numerous World and European championships and have broken over 80 national swimming records! Also, I was privileged enough to represent Ireland in the 2012 London Olympics, which was a huge dream of mine growing up. It was an unbelievable experience and one which I would love to have again in Rio 2016!
Some of my career highlights include:
- 80+ Irish national swimming records.
- 2013 European Short Course Bronze medal in 50m breaststroke.
- 2013 World Cup Bronze medal in 50m breaststroke.
- 2012 Olympian.
- World, European & World University Games Finalist.
- US Grand Prix Champion 2012 in 50m breaststroke.
- US Grand Prix Champion 2011 in 100m breaststroke.
- 2009 World Championship Record breaker.
- 19 time NCAA Div. 1 All American (most in University of Tennessee History).
- 2008 Dutch National Champion in the 50m breaststroke.
- 2006 US National Champion in the 50m freestyle.
I am passionate about swimming and I train tirelessly in order to continue to improve and develop as a professional swimmer. My goal for the future is to move up on the podium. The major swim meet this summer is the European Championships and my aspiration is to be the CHAMPION of Europe. As well as this, it is my ultimate goal to be a part of the Irish Olympic team for Rio in 2016. I have my sights on achieving a medal in the 100m breaststroke. The London 2012 Olympics was an incredible experience and my dream is to fly the flag again for Ireland in Rio in 2016!
Should I get sponsored, the funds will go towards helping me achieve my goals and to develop and train as an athlete. The costs of being an elite athlete are huge. Expenses include coaching, equipment and most significantly travel. Costs exceed €20,000 per year with travel and living expenses being the bulk of that. Other swimmers at my level are heavily funded and sponsored. If I was to obtain extra funding, it would be of a huge benefit to my career. I need your support and I invite you to join me on my journey to Rio in 2016!
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A big THANK YOU to my funders so far:
Muireann Murphy Jessica Lamb Mai Pearson http://www.thescore.ie/barry-murphy-interview-funding-ireland-swimming-1317925-Feb2014/#comments