The BBC has defended its coverage of Northern Ireland’s success at the Commonwealth Games after criticism on social media they “ignored” Bethany Firth on Wednesday’s evening news bulletin.
Lady Mary Peters — with her trademark broad smile on display — recalls the night before she was due to fly out to Munich, which in the Cold War era was in West Germany, to compete at the 1972 Summer Olympics. She’s sitting in a small and unused office, located in a building next to the track, on the outskirts of south Belfast, that bears her name. Sitting up straight, she explains that she was in the company of journalists, including the late legendary Belfast Telegraph sports journalist, Malcolm Brodie, and was asked how well did she think she was going to perform in the pentathlon. “I’m going to win the gold,” she replied. In return, she was met with raised eyebrows and sideways, sceptical glances.
Kelly Gallagher has made a habit of breaking new ground for people with visual impairments and just because she has announced her “unexpected” retirement, the 2014 Paralympic Games hero doesn’t intend to stop being first.
The World Gymnastic Championship organisers have responded to Rhys McClenaghan after the Newtownards star pointed to removal of chalk from the pommel horse as his tournament ended with a slip.
Bethany Firth has been the golden girl of Paralympic swimming since 2012 but insists that it is the love of the sport more than medal glory that is driving her on as she prepares to start her campaign in Tokyo.
Anna Toman may have just taken delivery of her share of the plaudits following her contribution to the feat of Team GB in lifting the bronze medal in hockey at the Olympics but she has no intention of resting on her laurels.
Ireland’s top Paralympic athletes have pleaded with the country to get behind them in the coming weeks with the same national pride and passion that buoyed up newly-crowned Olympic boxing champion Kellie Harrington.
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