Paddy Barnes

Belfast-born Paddy Barnes is an Irish Olympic Games legend – winning consecutive medals in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. He will compete in Rio 2016.


A role model to young people and his peers, Paddy is now a household name throughout Ireland, and internationally. A High Performance Irish Elite athlete, Paddy is the undisputed champion of the light-flyweight division in Irish amateur boxing.



  • Olympic Games Bronze medal winner, Beijing 2008
  • Olympic Games Bronze medal winner, London 2012
  • European Gold medal winner, Russia, 2010
  • Commonwealth Gold medal winner, India, 2010
  • Reigning Irish Elite champion – history-making 7 titles in a row
  • Canon Hayes All-Ireland Sports Personality of the Year, 2010
  • Belfast Telegraph Special Achievement Award 2013
  • Sports Personality of the Year – Aisling Awards 2013


“Like many of the young people that Sported works with, I know just how life changing, and often life-saving sport can be. I grew up in Belfast and taking part in sport was a great distraction from the issues that were going on in our community. Through the work of Sported I hope many more young people will get to benefit from sport in the same way that I have.”