Thomas Barr was born in Waterford in 1992 . He was always a lover of the outdoors and tried most sports throughout his youth. He started athletics at the age of 8, and stuck with it as he made great friends in his club, Ferrybank AC. While he had a little success as a juvenile athlete, it was not until Thomas joined his current training group with coaches Hayley and Drew Harrison in UL, that he really started to excel and move up the ranks in the 400m hurdles. Since then, he has broken numerous Irish records and represented Ireland across the world, having fun in the process!
Hometown: Dunmore East, Waterford
Favourite food: Steak and chips
Favourite movie: Anchorman
Favourite music: Electro
Childhood heros: My parents
Favourite athlete: Rob Heffernan
Most rewarding moment in sport:
Athletes have to sacrifice a lot. When the hard work pays off, especially at a major championships like an Olympics, there is no better feeling!
Talents other than sport:
I am quite mechanically minded and enjoy working with my hands so will happily throw myself into any kind of DIY project
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