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Mona McSharry’s journey on Olympic path began with holiday lake horror

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Ireland's Mona McSharry after qualifying for the final

Ireland's Mona McSharry after qualifying for the final

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Ireland's Mona McSharry after qualifying for the final

Fifteen years before she became what she is — an Olympic finalist — Mona McSharry was just a young girl, five years old, who couldn’t swim to save her life. Literally.

Her parents’ decision to enrol her in swim lessons emerged from a terrifying experience, McSharry falling into a lake while on holiday in Austria, her father having to jump to her rescue. Two years later, she began swimming in a competitive manner in the Community Games. A few years after that, she was winning national titles with Marlins Swim Club in Ballyshannon.


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