Motor Activities Training Programme Manager
Niamh has always had close involvement with individuals with intellectual disabilities through the careers of her family, and is very proud to boast a Special Olympic World Games Gold medal winner in her immediate family. Her uncle Michael won gold in the triple jump for Special Olympics Ireland at the 1987 World Summer Games in Indiana, USA.
In 2003, Niamh was involved as a volunteer for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland, working in Maynooth town, who were the host town for the Brazil team.
She was selected as a Global Student Research Delegate for the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens where she presented her PhD research findings and was part of a larger group of scholars who participated in additional sessions focusing on new areas of intellectual disability research and shaping the Special Olympics future research agenda. On Niamh returns from Athens, she got involved with Special Olympics GB and set up a student led Special Olympics Bangor club which remains very successful.
She has been involved in the Motor Activities Training Programme (MATP) within Special Olympics GB since 2012, and currently works four days a month on the development, structure and promotion of MATP across Great Britain, which helps promote inclusive sport specific motor skill learning for individuals with profound and complex needs.
She is very excited to be working as part of the fantastic Volunteering & Community Engagement team on this incredible programme. There has been some incredible feedback, progress and innovation happening in the first stage of development for the MATP in 2014.
Niamh joined the Volunteering & Community Engagement team in September 2014