London Olympic Stadium Track Replicated at Mary Peters Track

With the Olympic Games and Paralympics now consigned to the history books filed under `unforgettable` – the next major world athletics event on our doorstep will be the 2013 World Police and Fire Games in Belfast. And work on the £3m upgrade of the Mary Peters Track, including the Mondo running surface that was used…Continue reading this article →

Putting Best Foot Forward for ‘Olympic’ Marathon Effort

Entries are already coming in for the 32nd Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which gets under starters’ orders next May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May 2013. “It is hugely encouraging that we already have several hundred people to take this coming year,” said Danny O’Connor, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Organising…Continue reading this article →

Sports Minister Hails Olympic and Paralympic Superstars

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has officially welcomed home local Olympic and Paralympic athletes, ahead of a reception at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. The Minister said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games is one of the competitions that the Executive, through the Sport Matters strategy, targeted for medal success. Olympic and Paralympic athletes from this part of…Continue reading this article →

International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 14-16 September

This annual Belfast City Council Evian International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, now in its fifteenth year of existence, has become one of the most popular competitions on the wheelchair tennis circuit. The event hosted by the local ‘Spokes In Motion’ Wheelchair Tennis Club in association with Belfast City Council and Tennis Ireland, again held at The…Continue reading this article →

Michael McKillop Wins Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award

The final winners for the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award have been selected by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Ireland’s Michael McKillop and Kenya’s Mary Nakhumicha Zakayo were chosen as the athletes who exemplified the best spirit of the Paralympic Games, and they will both receive a gold medal at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony…Continue reading this article →

Volunteers Urged to Join ‘Team 2013’ for World Police and Fire Games

People throughout Northern Ireland are encouraged to be part of the action and volunteer at next summer’s World Police and Fire Games (WPFG). Team 2013 have pushed the starter button on a volunteer campaign to recruit over 3500 volunteers who will help deliver what’s being billed as the friendliest Games ever. Building on the legacy…Continue reading this article →

Calling all Event Organisers

Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Event Funding Programme will open on Monday 10 September 2012. It is designed to support and further develop national and international tourism events taking place between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. There are two funding programmes available: National Tourism Events Fund; and International Tourism Events Fund In line with…Continue reading this article →

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 →