Winter Paralympic Gold Medallist and local sports star, Kelly Gallagher will be joining sporting ambassadors at the Antrim Forum this Wednesday 26 March at 6pm. The “Celebration of Sport in 2013”, hosted by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is this years’ venue to welcome athletes from across the Province and celebrate their sporting achievements of 2013.

Kelly Gallagher will join fellow gold medal Paralympian Michael McKillop and Ulster, Ireland and British Lions rugby hero Tommy Bowe along with trophy and medal winning athletes from a range of sports including gymnastics, golf, soccer, hockey, Gaelic and cricket.

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “Many of our local athletes enjoyed tremendous success during 2013. This is our opportunity to celebrate that success and to appreciate the power of sport for bringing people together and allowing participation at all levels which is good for our mental and physical health. At the Antrim Forum, which has played its part in shaping many of our local sports stars, we will look back on the many achievements of 2013 including the friendliest games ever in the World Police and Fire Games.”

Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland, Antoinette McKeown, said: “2013 has been an exciting year for sport and our athletes have made us all very proud. Sport Northern Ireland is delighted to be supporting the Celebration of Sport 2013 and it is excellent to have so many of our Sport Northern Ireland Sporting Ambassadors attending!”

The evening will be compered by CoolFM’s Pete Snodden and sports journalist Denise Watson and will include a NIFRS Ultimate Firefighter Challenge and many sports available to enjoy including archery, wheelchair basketball, high wire adventure ropes, rowing, cycling and badminton, or you can enjoy watching the talents of local clubs demonstrating their sport, including judo, hockey, boxing and gymnastics.

The event runs from 6pm-8.30pm and is free of charge but to assist with planning, those wishing to attend are asked to register their interest by emailing scottorr@sportni.net

Persons under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.