Local Voices 046: David Malone on Surmounting Life’s Hurdles to Become one of Ireland’s Great Paralympians


Despite undergoing two leg amputations as a young boy, David Malone never shied away in the face of adversity.

Malone was born with a rare condition called arthrogryposis, which is a bone disorder that affects limbs.

When he was seven, both of his legs were amputated within the space of 18-months.

He was still driven to keep pace with his friends to stay involved and it was that very tenacity which would see him become one of the greatest Paralympic athletes Ireland has ever produced.

Joining The Echo Sports Editor Stephen Leonard, the Ballinteer man recounts his incredible journey that saw him contest no less than four consecutive Paralympic Games, with his crowning moment coming in Sydney 2000 in the S8 100-metre backstroke.

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