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From Salto gym Lisburn, to Ballycastle’s cliffs and Bangor’s Thunder park: Meet NI athletes inspired by Olympic spirit

While Olympic disciplines such as swimming, athletics and gymnastics dominate coverage, each year lesser known activities are making the cut. Stephanie Bell meets Northern Irish athletes pursuing future success in three of the more unusual yet thrilling sports

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Rob Hunter, Sport Climber

Rob Hunter, Sport Climber

Artistic gymnast Rebecca Geddis

Artistic gymnast Rebecca Geddis

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Ryan Henderson BMX Freestyle

Ryan Henderson BMX Freestyle

Rebecca Geddis, artistic gymnast

Rebecca Geddis, artistic gymnast

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Rob Hunter with his wife and fellow sport climber Veronica Lee

Rob Hunter with his wife and fellow sport climber Veronica Lee

Ryan Henderson, BMX Freestyle

Ryan Henderson, BMX Freestyle

Ryan Henderson freestyling

Ryan Henderson freestyling

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Rob Hunter, Sport Climber

All eyes will be on Tokyo this weekend as 11,500 of the world’s best sportsmen and women take centre stage in the 2020 Olympic Games.

After last year’s postponement due to Covid, excitement levels this year have reached fever pitch as the world eagerly awaits the start of more than two weeks of top class competitions.


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