Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Olympics

Hopes high as record 10 Northern Ireland athletes go for gold at Rio Paralympic games

Published 21/07/2016

Bethany Firth one of 10 Northern Ireland athletes who will be at the Paralympics in Rio this year
Bethany Firth one of 10 Northern Ireland athletes who will be at the Paralympics in Rio this year

A record number of athletes from Northern Ireland have been selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games from September 7-18.

Ten athletes, including London 2012 medalist Jason Smyth, Michael McKillop and Bethany Firth (right) will compete under the Paralympics Ireland or Paralympics GB banners. They will be aiming to continue and top the success of the London 2012 games where Northern Ireland paralympians secured seven medals.

Disability Sport NI Performance Sport Manager, Elaine Reid said: “London 2012 was such a huge success for Northern Ireland athletes and it looks like Rio is on track to be just as competitive. We are delighted to have such a strong contingent competing in the Games and for the first time we have athletes making their Paralympic debut in wheelchair basketball, boccia and shooting which is testament to the performance structures and support being provided to athletes at a local level.”

The team depart mid-August to training camps ahead of the final journey to Rio.

Online Editors

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph