Gary O'Toole

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Gary O'Toole
Personal information
Full name Gary Charles O'Toole
Nationality Irish
Born (1968-08-06) 6 August 1968 (age 48)
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke, Medley

Gary O'Toole, M.D., is a retired Irish Olympic swimmer. He represented Ireland at the Seoul, and Barcelona Games.[1]

While studying at University College Dublin, O'Toole won a 200 m breaststroke silver medal at the 1989 European Long Course Championships in Bonn . He also won a gold medal at the World University Championships in 1991 when representing University College Dublin and UCD. He helped to break 5 National relay records, including Short Course and Longcourse.[2]

As a prominent member of the Irish Amateur Swimming Association, O'Toole had been approached to make representations on behalf of the victims of the George Gibney scandal.[3] Gibney, who coached O'Toole until he became aware of these allegations, criticised O'Toole publicly during the 1992 Olympics. His complaints were ignored, and led to a major investigation into the incidents and ultimately to the disbandment of the IASA, and the creation of Swim Ireland.[4]

Since his retirement from professional swimming, O'Toole has been a practising Orthopedic surgeon with a specialist interest in 'Cancer' and 'Sports Knee Surgery',[5] although he does provide expert analysis for RTÉ Sport's Olympic swimming coverage.[6]