Monday 5th December 2016
One of the downsides of leaving the Fire Service and becoming an MLA is that I find it very hard to find the time to keep up with my sports. The best I can manage at the moment is a single footie game each week with friends.
The benefits of regular sports and athletics are well documented and not limited to the physical only. The social and mental wellbeing benefits of regular sporting activities are immense. Sports and athletics bring people together and improves people’s self-worth.
As a strong advocate for sports and healthy living, it was my great pleasure to be invited to the Regional Advancement Badminton at Lisburn Racquets Club from Special Olympics Ulster on Saturday 3rd December. It was an absolute joy to see the number of people competing and the level of talent on display was simply amazing.
I want to highlight the great work that Special Olympics do, especially locally through Lisburn 2Gether Special Olympics. The work they do is fantastic at bringing the same level of sporting opportunities to all, regardless of needs and I wholly commend them on their work. I’m excited by their upcoming 2017 events, the next one in Lisburn being Bowling at Lisburn Bowl in February. I wish all the participants well and hope to see big things from them in the future!