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Performance Pathways

Performance pathways are a vital component in the performance structure of sport. They create progression for talented athletes in their chosen sport to develop from participation level to elite level. Disability Sport NI works closely with each focus sport to create mass participation, then further the development of talented athletes to create world class performers.

  • Archery

    Archery at DSNI
    Archery

    Archery was one of the original Paralympic events and is a test of accuracy, strength and concentration. The sport is open to athletes with a physical disability including Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Amputee and Les Autres, in 3 functional classes (Open, Standing and Wheelchair), however locally the sport is played by everyone.

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  • Athletics

    Athletics at DSNI
    Athletics

    Disability Sport NI has been supporting Athletics NI since the introduction of the mainstreaming policy in 2005.

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  • Badminton

    Badminton at DSNI
    Badminton

    Although not currently a Paralympic Sport, the number of people with disabilities playing badminton in Northern Ireland has grown dramatically over the last 4 years.

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  • Wheelchair Basketball

    Wheelchair Basketball at DSNI
    Wheelchair Basketball

    Disability Sport NI work as the regional Governing Body for Wheelchair Basketball in Northern Ireland. Wheelchair Basketball has grown worldwide and was introduced on the global stage at the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games, and today it is practiced in nearly 100 countries

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  • Boccia

    Boccia at DSNI
    Boccia

    Boccia has been a Paralympic sport since 1984 and is specifically designed for athletes with a disability affecting loco-motor function such as cerebral palsy.

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  • Cycling

    Cycling at DSNI
    Cycling

    Para-Cycling is governed by the UCI (The Union Cycliste Internationale) and was introduced as a Paralympic Sport in 1988 for athletes who were blind/partially sighted.

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  • Football

    Football at DSNI
    Football

    There are two types of football included in the Paralympic Games. 5-a-Side football is open to athletes with a visual impairment, with the possibility of one sighted player as the goalkeeper while 7-a-side football is designed for athletes with cerebral palsy.

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  • Sailing

    Sailing at DSNI
    Sailing

    Sailing is a relatively new Paralympic sport and has only been included in the Games as a full medal sport since the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. This sport is open to athletes with an Amputation, Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impairment, Spinal Injuries and Les Autres.

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  • GAA

    GAA at DSNI
    GAA

    Disability Sport NI and Ulster GAA have been working in partnership since 2013 to develop Gaelic Games for people with physical and learning disabilities specifically in Wheelchair Hurling and Learning Disability Gaelic Football.

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  • Swimming

    Swimming at DSNI
    Swimming

    Disability Sport NI and Swim Ulster have been working in partnership since 2005 to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in swimming and to strengthen and support the performance pathways available.

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  • Table Tennis

    Table Tennis at DSNI
    Table Tennis

    Disability Sport NI and Table Tennis Ulster have been working in partnership since 2009 to develop opportunities for players with a disability to get involved in Table Tennis and to support the performance pathways available.

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  • Rugby

    Rugby at DSNI
    Rugby

    In 1994, Wheelchair Rugby was officially recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as a Paralympic sport, and was recognised as a full medal sport for the first time at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney.

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