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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 March 2020  

Investing in our Sporting Future

Sport Northern Ireland has today announced financial support totaling £74,841 to enable nine of Northern Ireland’s talented athletes in six sports including boxing, hockey, cycling, sailing, swimming and rowing  to commit to comprehensive training and preparation programmes leading up to international competition.


Beijing bound boxer Paddy Barnes has received an award which will aid him with living costs. Financial assistance will enable Paddy to train on a full- time basis ensuring he has the best preparation possible ahead of his participation in the Beijing Olympics.


Swimmer Andrew Bree receives support which will assist him with his preparations for the Beijing Olympics, particularly coaching, sports science and sports medicine costs.


Sport Northern Ireland Chief Executive Eamonn McCartan said, “Sport Northern Ireland is delighted to distribute funding to these talented athletes and remains committed to raising the standards of sporting excellence. These investments will assist talented athletes to perform at their optimum in forthcoming international competition.”


Other athletes who received awards included:


Patrick Brown, UB Irish Hockey Association

David McCann and Conor McConvey, Cycling Ulster

Richard Archibald, UB Irish Amateur Rowing Association

Ryan Seaton, Tiffany Brien and Chris Penney, Royal Yachting Association

The Athlete Support Programme is open for applications until 30 September 2020. Governing Bodies make applications for athletes in their respective sports. For further information on the Sport Northern Ireland Athlete Support Programme visit

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, 6 March 2020.