Jason Smyth – Another Gold and World Record

Northern Ireland sprinter Jason Smyth completed a superb sprint double at the Paralympic Games by winning the 200m T13 event in a new world record time. Starting in lane five, the Eglinton athlete, who has less than 10% vision, led throughout and recorded a time of 21.05 seconds. Smyth’s personal best while competing against able-bodied…Continue reading this article →

Michael McKillop Wins Second Gold Medal

Michael McKillop clinched his second gold medal of the London Paralympic Games by winning the T37 1500m final for Ireland. The Glengormley athlete, who won over 800m on Saturday, streaked clear of the field at the halfway stage. McKillop was so far ahead of runner-up Brad Scott of Australia, he had time to wave to…Continue reading this article →

Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop Win Gold Medals

Northern Ireland runners Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop won gold medals at the Paralympics. Smyth, 25, from Eglinton retained his 100 metres T13 title, bursting away from the field to win in a world record time of 10.46 seconds. Glengormley man McKillop, also a hot favourite to repeat his Beijing win, was a runaway winner…Continue reading this article →

Bethany Firth Over The Moon With Paralympic Gold

A County Down teenager is celebrating after winning a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in London. Swimmer Bethany Firth, from Seaforde, also set a personal best as she claimed victory for Team Ireland in 100m backstroke final on Friday evening. The 16-year-old is Northern Ireland’s youngest Paralympian and took up swimming just three years…Continue reading this article →

North West Mountain Rescue Base Officially Opened

The Vice-Chair of Fermanagh District Council Cllr. Harold Andrews has officially opened the Fermanagh Rescue Base of the North West MRT at Florencecourt. The base is shared with the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation who has a Rescue Store on the site. Fermanagh District Council purchased the buildings from the NI Water Service and made it…Continue reading this article →

Activ8 Young Leaders Inspire

As London 2012 fever grips us all, St. Patricks College Bearnageeha in North Belfast has been selected as one of 16 schools (from throughout the UK) that will provide activities for members of the public at the Olympic Park Stadium in an area called the ‘Great British Garden’ during the Olympics Games in London. The…Continue reading this article →

2012 UK Coaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the UK Coaching Awards 2012 that take place at The Lancaster Hotel in London on the evening of Tuesday 20 November 2012. The UK Coaching Awards provide the opportunity to recognise the achievements of coaches and coaching organisations and thank them for their hard work and dedication. There are two…Continue reading this article →

The Next Olympic Champions

As the eyes of the world turned to London for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, 400 young sports stars of the future experienced 18 different sports at the Belfast City Council ‘Try It Community Sports Day’ in Ormeau Park. In addition to mainstream sports, children got to experience indoor rowing and the…Continue reading this article →

South African Olympic Badminton Players Visit DCAL

As Olympic excitement builds in London, the pre-games preparations continue this week in Northern Ireland. The Olympic Badminton Team of South Africa today took time out from their pre-Games training camp at Lisburn Racquets for an official welcome reception at DCAL Offices in Belfast. The four Olympians are the Men’s Doubles, Dorian James and Willem…Continue reading this article →

South African Smash Hit

Northern Ireland today welcomed the South African Olympic badminton players as they arrived at George Best Belfast City Airport and travelled the short distance to Lisburn Racquets Club which will be their home for the next five days before they take their place in the Olympic Park in London. Representatives from DCAL, Sport Northern Ireland,…Continue reading this article →