Local Olympic medal winning brothers support National Trails Day 2012
Northern Ireland’s silver medal winning Chambers brothers from Coleraine are teaming up with Outdoor Recreation NI to call for people all across the region to get outdoors and active this Sunday as part of National Trails Day 2012.
Now in its fifth year, National Trails Day boasts almost sixty free guided activity events taking place on local trails throughout Northern Ireland and younger brother Peter Chambers believes initiatives such as this are exactly what is needed to ensure a successful Olympic legacy here in Northern Ireland.
Mr Chambers explains, “One of our responsibilities as athletes is to use our success at the Olympics to get more people across the UK outdoors and engaged in sport. Obviously, being from Northern Ireland, we are really keen to get behind National Trails Day here and want to see everyone making the most of our great walking, cycling and canoe trails this Sunday.”
Elder brother Richard, who began his own rowing career aged just fourteen, commented “The London Olympics was a great platform for sport and it has been widely publicised how the games have inspired a generation to get outdoors and involved in sports and activity clubs.”
Mr Chambers added, “We now need to keep this momentum going and National Trails Day is a great opportunity for us to do just this. There really is such a variety of events taking place this Sunday and we would love to see families and friends all across the country out enjoying our local trails.”
National Trails Day takes place throughout Northern Ireland on Sunday October 7 and sees no less than nine free canoeing events on offer including a ‘have a go’ session at Shaw’s Bridge with Mobile Team Adventure. There are free guided mountain biking sessions taking place at Tollymore National Outdoors Centre, Craigavon Lakes and Blessingbourne Estate in Fivemiletown as well as a whole host of guided nature walks, hill walks and family-fun activities.
Sport Northern Ireland Development Officer, Mike McClure, comments “It is fantastic to have our Olympic heroes supporting National Trails Day this year. This summer was an incredible showcase of the world’s best athletes and we hope that the games will have inspired more people across Northern Ireland to get outdoors and involved in sport.”
Mr McClure concludes, “All the National Trails Day events are completely free of charge and suitable for absolute beginners, making this Sunday a perfect ‘first step’ for those wanting to get their families and friends involved in outdoor activities.”
National Trails Day in Northern Ireland is organised by Outdoor Recreation NI in partnership with financial partners, Inland Waterways of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Sport Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency with support from the Northern Ireland Forest Service and the National Trust.
See our National Trails Day 2012 section for a full list of events taking place, or visit www.nationaltrailsday.co.uk. Despite being completely free of charge, pre-registration may be required for some events.