International Day of Persons with Disabilities | Padraic’s Story
However, even with college on the horizon, I started to compete for Ireland in Boccia. I was able to travel to Rio as part of the team how cool was that! I continued to excel and was selected for the Beijing Paralympics, which was an incredible experience.
While competing for the next two years I was able to complete a Radio Broadcasting Course. In 2010 I was crowned BC1 World Champion. Ireland then qualified for the London 2012 Olympics, this was the first time my family got to see me compete.
I went on to earn a degree in Communications at Dublin City University. Whilst also working with East Coast FM Radio as a Production Assistant, Producer and On-Air Sports Reporter. Despite the fact it was a demanding job especially for someone with my condition, they gave me that chance and 12 years on I am still working with East Coast.
I originally applied to join Sky Ireland in 2013. I passed all the interviews but due to the European Championships, I couldn’t accept the position. Fast forward to 12 months later applied again and the rest is history.
The support I have received has been second to none any support I have needed were put in place and my shifts are moved to allow me to compete.
One of the things I am most proud of in my time at Sky is becoming an athlete mentor on the Sky Sports Living for Sports Programme. In this role, I have been afforded the opportunity to empower young adults to achieve anything they set their mind to. I also to help to try stamp out bullying in schools to use my experience o encourage young people to seek help and that it’s ok to do so, which is something I never did when I was bullied.
I am so happy to work for Sky as it’s my ability they look at and accept me for who I am.