District Games 2022: Team NI to send greatest number of Para-Sports competitors to Birmingham

Group NI will send its greatest ever portrayal of Para-Sports competitors to this late spring’s Commonwealth Games.

Eleven competitors will make a trip to Birmingham looking for decorations this July.


Wheelchair ball makes its presentation at the Games after Team NI booked their spot by beating has Scotland in extra time at the European qualifier.

Nathan McCabe was the legend for Team NI by sinking the triumphant bin, and the 18-year-old – whose mother Mary is a twofold Paralympic medalist – didn’t have the foggiest idea about his crate had dominated the match to send the group to the Commonwealth Games.

“It was an astonishing inclination yet to be straightforward I didn’t understand,” he said.

“I thought you needed to win by two clear focuses, I thought we really wanted another point.

“I have the bounce back of a chance from James (MacSorley) and I thought we actually needed to go at it yet we when they expressed game over it simply all came immediately and I was overpowered by feeling and it was perhaps the best inclination I at any point had.”

McCabe is joined on the 3×3 Men’s Wheelchair Basketball crew by James MacSorley.

The Belfast man plays expertly in Spain for Bidaideak Bilbao and has come out on top for World titles with Great Britain at U23 and Senior level close by a bronze award finally summer’s Tokyo Paralympics.

“We were essential for the para paddling group for Ireland however that fell through a tad. We went to a Team Ireland exhibition occasion and found the marathon folks and they asked us might we at any point swim, cycle and run.

“We said ‘a tad’ and he said there is a preparation day in Belfast one week from now how about you go along and that was basically it.”

Oliver Gunning is glad to be going to the Games.

The 17-year-old has a had 28 tasks in the wake of being determined to have Congenital Glaucoma at and early age.

He was informed he could never have a typical existence our have the option to do cutthroat game.

“It is astounding how much para-competitors we have this year and I can hardly hold on to see who we as a whole do,” he said.
“I was governed out of doing any battle sports and it took me some time to get into directed running and afterward I got keen on marathon.”

Conal Heatley, Business and Operations Manager at Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland, remarked: “Group NI is pleased to have such areas of strength for an across a scope of para-sports and we’re glad to invite competitors with incapacities into a comprehensive group which addresses every one individuals of Northern Ireland.

“This wouldn’t be imaginable without the help of our accomplices at SportNI and the National Lottery.”

Six-time Paralympic gold medallist Bethany Firth, Barry McClements and Siomha Brady will contend in the pool.