Athletics NI - Club of the Year Catering for a Disability

Newtownabbey Racers has moved from a Special Olympics club to cater for both learning and physical disabilities in athletes of all ages. They are the first club of their kind to achieve the Clubmark status and continue to commit to developing their members and coaches with a good attendance at various UK Athletics coach education courses - showing their commitment to a 1:1 coach: athlete ration in the club environment. Activities include development days, and the club regularly hosts indoor and outdoor competitions with the May event attracting a record 102 athletes from clubs across the country. 


Newtownabbey Racers Special Olympics Club have received the Athletics Northern Ireland Clubmark Award. This makes us the third club in NI to achieve this quality assurance scheme which is endorsed by Sport NI. 

Club Mark is the national junior sports club accreditation programme which aims to identify, develop, accredit and recognise high quality sports junior clubs and the contribution that they make to the development of sport in Northern Ireland. The three main areas which are categorised and focused on are: Effective Management, Quality Coaching and Competition and Safety in Sport. 

"The club visit was very informative and would be useful for any club wanting to know how to work with various groups and abilities while maintaining discipline. Congratulations to the club in their achievement and good luck with future developments." (Vicki Kennedy,



Our very own head coach Katrina has been awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year award at the Belfast Volunteer Sports awards. Katrina has been with Racers from the very start, starting at a very young 22. Now a young *cough* 27 Katrina with support from Fantastic coaches and volunteers, hopes to match or even better those great 5 years!! Well done Katrina from all at Racers - Well deserved! ♥


 Racers would like to announce that we are very proud winners:-

Janet Parkinson Memorial Award

Newtownabbey Racers Special Olympics Club for their considerable work and efforts in providing activity and competition for local athletes with learning disabilities over the last six years. Cllr Vera McWilliam presented the award to the club coach Katrina McGivern.  

We also send a HUGE congratulations our athlete James Hamilton winner:

Sports Person the Year with a disability

James Hamilton, local runner and swimmer, was presented his award the Council’s Director of Leisure Services, Stephen Montgomery.  

Well done to everyone at the awards to see a full list of the winners please click the below link: