Congratulations to Michael McKillop for winning the Sports Person with a Disability award at the Belfast Telegraph Sports awards on the 25th of January. Michael McKillop is an inspirational figure for middle distance athletes.
The track star struck ‘Gold’ twice at the IPC World Championships in Doha with victory in the 800 and 1500m races and has broken the 800m and 1500m World Record on numerous occasions. It all started when Michael gained the qualifying time for the European Championships back in 2005, aged just 15. Michael has never looked back and competed in his first Paralympics in Beijing in the T37 800m becoming the first athlete in this category to break the two minute barrier. Michael has gone from strength to strength winning gold in the 800m and 1500m at the London 2012 Paralympics, and hopes to do the same this year in Rio.
Here at GLL we are delighted to be supporting Michael’s successes. Michael said, “GLL has kindly supported me with a sum of money, that will go towards training and traveling to competitions across the UK Ireland and Europe in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”
GLL has recently partnered with Belfast City Council and Michael McKillop is the face of the campaign to inspire athletes to achieve their goals, “GLL has given me the chance to be the Belfast ambassador, this allows me the opportunity to inspire and link with the next generation of athletes and making the young athletes understand the importance of having a network of support staff around them, when it comes to competing at the highest level.”
We wish Michael the best of luck at the Rio 2016 Paralympics and look forward to supporting him in the build up to the games.