A civic reception has been held for a history-making sportsman from Ballycastle.
Paul McLister was named Irish National BC4 Boccia Champion in Dublin back in December, becoming the first athlete from Northern Ireland to claim the title.
On his way to the gold medal position, Paul showed great composure and battling qualities in a very competitive final against team mate Jayne Milligan.
Speaking after the recent reception held in his honour, the Mayor Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Paul on this richly deserved achievement. He is a fantastic role model for all of us and I am delighted that his hard work and training efforts have paid off in this way. I am very pleased that we have ambassadors like him representing the Causeway Coast and Glens at the highest level in his chosen sport.”
Paul who trains as part of Disability Sport NI's National Boccia Performance Centre hopes to continue his good form in the months ahead as he works towards winning the Northern Ireland National Pairs & Individual Championships and working towards selection for the 2019 UK Boccia Championships which will be held in Northern Ireland for the first time from the 14th - 16th June in Antrim Forum.
Speaking on his success Paul said: 'I am delighted with my success in the 2018 Irish National Boccia Championship in Dublin, I have been training with great intensity and over the past few months individually and within the NI Boccia Performance Centre which has really helped my confidence to be successful at this level. I take great pride in representing my local area and borough when I am competing in local and National competitions. I am looking forward to competing in future competitions this season and building on the success I have already achieved.
Boccia Performance Pathway Officer & Lead Coach Odhran Doherty speaking on Paul success said; 'Paul has been working really hard on and off court over the last number of months in the build up to the Irish Championships and his success in the competition is just reward for the effort and ability Paul has shown since getting involved in our Performance programme for Boccia in Northern Ireland. Paul has made history in winning this title for the first time and I look forward to working closely with him in the months ahead too continue his development in Boccia