Paddy Barnes and Hannah Shields to address hundreds of Derry’s sport leaders

Paddy Barnes pictured with one of his many accolades.
Paddy Barnes pictured with one of his many accolades.
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Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes and Mount Everest conqueror Hannah Shields will address Derry’s sporting fraternity at a major conference at Magee this week.

Local sport club leaders are expected to be out in force for the Building Respect Through Community Sport Conference at the Magee campus of the University of Ulster on Friday.

Hannah Shields, the first woman from Northern Ireland to conquer Mount Everest.

Hannah Shields, the first woman from Northern Ireland to conquer Mount Everest.

The conference at the Great Hall will focus on the hundreds of local people involved in running 76 different sports clubs across the North West.

The leaders have been taking part in a two-year Respect programme, which aimed to strengthen peace building at grass roots level.

Those taking part are expected to share their experiences and what they have learned at the conference on Friday.

The Respect Programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the NW PEACE III Cluster.

The overall focus has been to examine how sport can be used as a tool to develop communities and act as a bridge between groups.

It was also aimed at promoting social inclusion and tackling racism and sectarianism.

The key themes will be echoed during the conference through speakers who will address a range of issues in their areas of expertise.

Keynote speaker will be the Olympic and Commonwealth boxing star Paddy Barnes, who will be accompanied by the endurance athlete and the first woman from Northern Ireland to conquer Mount Everest, Hannah Shields.

Other speakers include a range of professionals in the field of healthcare, good relations and partnership building.

Throughout the day there will be discussions and feedback among participants and with the speakers, in the form of debates and through the use of audience response technology.