Disability Sport NI takes great pride when athletes from Northern Ireland compete in International Competitions and it supports local athletes where possible.
Athletes from Northern Ireland have the option of choosing to compete either for Ireland or Great Britain. Disability Sport NI can support the athlete’s decision through communicating with the relevant sporting organisations.
Athletes wishing to compete in any international competition must be classified. Further information on classification and player pathways can be provided by the governing body of each sport.
The Paralympic Games is the second largest sporting event in the world and is the pinnacle of an athlete’s career. The Paralympic Games are held every four years and since 1988 have been held in the same venue as the Olympic Games.
Both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games are open to athletes with physical disabilities or athletes with sight loss. Athletes with learning disabilities are included in a small number of events. For further information on the Paralympic Games please visit their website by CLICKING HERE.
INAS-FID is an international charity and the recognised International Federation (IOSD) for athletes with an intellectual disability. It is a global organisation that promotes inclusion through sport and is a full member of the International Paralympic Committee representing intellectual disability.
INAS manages an annual programme of more than 15 regional and World Championship competitions and every 4 years INAS-FID hosts the INAS Global games. Athletes who compete in INAS-FID competitions can also compete in International Paralympic Committee events if their specific classification event is at that competition. For further information on INAS-Fid please visit their website by CLICKING HERE.
The Deaflympics is the sporting pinnacle for athletes who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus, providing elite sport for athletes in both summer and winter sports. The Deaflympics are held every four years and are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. Similar to the Paralympic Games, athletes from Northern Ireland can represent Ireland or Great Britain at the Deaflympics . For further information on the Deaflympics please visit their website by CLICKING HERE.
Key Performance Sports Organisations
British Paralympic Association (BPA)
As the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for Great Britain, the BPA select, prepare, enter, fund and manage the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the Paralympic Games. This team is known as ParalympicsGB.
For further information please visit the BPA website by CLICKING HERE.
Telephone: 020 7842 5789
Paralympics Ireland is the National Paralympic Committee for Ireland and is responsible for preparing and managing the Irish team at the Paralympic Games.
For further information please visit the Paralympics Ireland website by CLICKING HERE.
Telephone: 003531 625 1175
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Office Administrator)
UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability
UKSA's role is unique as it is the only organisation for sport for people with a learning disability that has a truly UK wide remit and it has the responsibility for classification of athletes with learning disability in the UK.
For further information please visit the UKSA's website by CLICKING HERE.
Telephone: 020 7490 3057