Event : T38 Long Jump
Best Performance : 5.15m/5.33m
Coach : Aston Moore
Club : City of Portsmouth
2021 - Paralympic Games - 100m 6th, LJ BRONZE, European Para Championships - 100m 4th, LJ BRONZE
Having cerebral palsy didn’t stop Olivia ‘Livvy’ Breen from doing everything her adventurous twin brother Dan did when she was little, and such is her incredible determination and infectious spirit that it doesn’t stop her doing anything now.
And that includes winning gold at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and European Championships – as she prepares for her third Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Having always had a passion for sport, Livvy’s International track and field career took off when she was classified as a T38 athlete in 2012.
The same year she was selected to compete in the Paralympic Games in London, where she finished fifth in the T38 100m, eighth in the T38 200m and ran a season’s best first leg time to help secure bronze in the 4 x 100m relay (alongside team-mates Jenny McLoughlin, Bethy Woodward and Katrina Hart).
More major International success followed, including winning silver (T35-38 100m) and bronze (T38 100m) at the 2014 IPC European Championships in Swansea, silver (4 x 100m relay) at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, gold (4 x 100m relay) at the 2015 IPA World Championships in Doha and gold (T35-38 100m) at the 2016 IPC European Championships in Grosseto, Italy.
In the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio Livvy claimed seventh in the T38 100m and 12th in the T38 Long Jump and then went on to win gold in the T38 Long Jump at the World Championships in London the following year.
Despite developing tendinitis in her right knee, Livvy won gold (T38 Long Jump) and bronze (T38 100m) at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and bronze (T38 100m) at the WPA European Championships in Berlin.
As part of her preparation for Tokyo Livvy won bronze (T38 Long Jump) at the 2021 WPA European Championships in Poland and missed out on a medal in the T38 100m sprint by just two hundredths of a second, setting a PB time of 13.01.
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