The Sports Institute Northern Ireland (SINI) hosted Lord Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), to a reception at SINI.
During his visit, Lord Coe was given a tour of the Institute, and met with several SINI Athletes aiming for Olympic qualification in 2012, including Olympic , World and Commonwealth medal-winning boxer Paddy Barnes, Commonwealth Medallists Matt Hall and Martyn Irvine and sailor Stephen Milne. Lord Coe also met up and coming swimming sensation Sycerika McMahon, the young Portaferry swimmer, – and also a Camogie player of note – who is likely to dominate Irish women’s swimming with Grainne Murphy over the next few years.
LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe commented: “Northern Ireland boasts some of our brightest hopes for medals in 2012, and the Sports Institute Northern Ireland is testament to the commitment to sport here.”
He also encouraged the public to snap up the chance to experience the London 2012 Games in person and get behind local athletes, saying: “Northern Ireland is home to a strong contingent of athletes going for gold at London 12, including Beijing boxing medallist Paddy Barnes. They will all need their home crowd support”
A reminder to all Irish sports fans to sign up to the official ticketing site at www.tickets.london2012.com to receive all the information you need to help you with the process. You can place your ticketing orders from March 15th though no advantage will be gained to so doing on day one.Indeed you could well end up in a queue on the opening days, if ‘millions’ around Europe inc UK and Ireland try to book tickets as is forecast in certain quarters.