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Legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games

The Culture Minister and and Disability Sport NI were urged to increase the number of sporting opportunities available to people with disabilities, on 13 November 2012.

Sinn Fein made the call in its motion on the legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Sprinter Jason Smyth from Eglinton won gold medals in the 100m and 200m and Glengormley's Michael McKillop claimed victory in the 800m and 1500m.

Their success followed the gold medal won by Seaforde swimmer Bethany Firth in the 100m backstroke.

Sinn Fein's Oliver McMullan said all councils needed to look at providing more facilities for paralympic sports.

Michelle McIlveen, chairwoman of the Culture Committee, said the Games had changed people's perceptions of those with a disability.

She said the committee already acknowledged the work done by Disability NI in creating a legacy from the Games.

"We want to ensure inclusive sporting structures are aimed at attracting people with disabilities," she said.

Ulster Unionist Michael McGimpsey said: "People with disabilities have the same rights as those able-bodied."

Dominic Bradley of the SDLP said he wanted the spirit of the Games to continue to attract people to sport.

"We want to inspire young people that the next Games could be their Games," he said.

Mr Bradley added that a legacy needed to be "well-funded, well-resourced and will serve all our people well".

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said her department would continue to work with Disability Sports NI "to ensure we provide not just the minimum standards, we provide the best standards".

The motion passed on an oral vote.


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