Gary O'Toole

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

Gary O'Toole
Personal information
Full nameGary Charles O'Toole
Born (1968-08-06) 6 August 1968
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
StrokesBreaststroke, Medley

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]


  1. "Sports Reference profile". Sports Reference. 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  2. Irish Records Archived 24 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "The Drowning of the Truth"
  4. Swim Ireland move to prevent early release
  5. Gary O'Toole
  6. RTÉ's Olympic TV coverage Archived 12 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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