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Paralympic Medallist


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Paralympic medallist, Bethany Firth, has come together with Robin Gregg from Sports Institute Northern Ireland (SINI) and Gaelic Football Coach Paddy Tally, from St Mary’s University College, to mark the success of athletes from SINI’s Performer Development Centres (PDCs) during the last number of years.

The network of Performer Development Centres was set up in 2009 to provide regional support to over 120 talented and elite athletes across Northern Ireland. The four centres are currently based in St Mary’s University College in Belfast, the University of Ulster in Coleraine, the Lagan Valley Leisureplex in Lisburn and the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown. SINI staff based at the centres provide local talented and elite athletes with core services of strength and conditioning and physiotherapy as part of SINI’s wider support structure in Northern Ireland.

Reflecting on the success of local athletes supported at the PDCs, Robin Gregg (Talent ID Systems Manager, Sport Northern Ireland) commented:

“The support services provided through the centres are a critical element of the vision to create a world-leading system for athlete development in Northern Ireland: the success of athletes such as Michael, Bethany and Sycerika will be a catalyst to inspire more athletes to achieve success at international level.”

Professor Peter Finn, Principal of St Mary’s University College, added:

“Talented and elite athletes will have been inspired by the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in London 2012. That inspiration has now to be translated into carefully planned physical and mental preparation for the international competitions that lie ahead.
The network of Performer Development Centres provides our local athletes with the support services they need to be successful, and St Mary’s is pleased to be a partner with the Sports Institute.”