Barry Macauley vows to continue disability sports service after MBE award
Barry Macauley has vowed to continue his services to disability sports after being awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours.
The Mallusk man has been recognised for his work over a 27-year period as he has endeavoured to help people with a disability to get involved in sport.
He has also provided strategic input for strengthening Disability Sport NI and other disability sports organisations and club.
“This truly is a great honour and one that I will be very proud to receive," he said of receiving his MBE.
"I have always been deeply passionate about supporting people with a disability and creating opportunities for people with a disability and long term health conditions to get involved in sport and active recreation.
“I have met so many inspirational people through my experiences and I plan to continue playing an active role in the disability sports sector and supporting people with a disability for a long time to come.”
Macauley has held a variety of voluntary positions, most recently a board member of Disability Sport NI.
“It is fantastic to see the great work that Barry has dedicated his life to recognised through this prestigious award. Barry played a vital role within Disability Sport NI and helped to make it the charity that it is today," said Kevin O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Sport NI.
"I would like to offer a sincere congratulations to Barry on behalf of everyone at Disability Sport NI.”
In addition to his role within Disability Sport NI, Barry championed inclusive participation in sport as a Board Member of Sport NI between 2008 and 2014. He was a strong advocate of sport for blind people through his links with the Blind Centre for NI, NI Blind Sports, RNIB, Jordanstown Schools and set up the visually impaired football programme with the IFA.
He has organised several trips for people with sight loss including a tandem cycle the length of Ireland from Mizen to Malin and a climb up Ben Nevis. Macauley also regularly acted as sighted pilot for people with sight loss to enjoy tandem cycling across many clubs and as a sighted guide for runners with sight loss.
Having spent the earlier part of his career working as a social worker for children and adults with a disability, Macauley went on to develop a strong career with RNIB NI.
He is currently Director of The Stroke Association in NI where he continues to champion physical activity and the associated health benefits for people with a disability and long-term conditions.
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