Corby flies the flag for Niall

Niall Graham of Corby who has been picked for the Paralympic goalball squad and Michelle Dempsey, treasurer of the Corby Sports Forum, beside the banner featuring the 20-year-old athlete
Niall Graham of Corby who has been picked for the Paralympic goalball squad and Michelle Dempsey, treasurer of the Corby Sports Forum, beside the banner featuring the 20-year-old athlete

Athlete Niall Graham, of Corby, who has been picked for the Paralympics goalball squad, is being honoured in Corby.

He is one of the local sporting stars featured on banners which are flying from lamp-posts from the Boating Lake to the Old Village.

They have been paid for with a £7,276 grant from the Awards for All programme after a successful bid by the borough council’s sports development team and Corby Sports Forum.

The banners were designed to line the route of part of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Corby Council’s lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “The banners displayed along Cottingham Road are an excellent way of representing our local sporting stars and for them to have the recognition they deserve. We are incredibly proud of the sporting talent we have in Corby and hope that all of our local sportspeople become successful in what they do.

“A huge congratulations to Niall who I, along with many other Corby people, will certainly be cheering for when he competes in the 2012 Paralympic Games.”

Niall, of The Lakes, carried the Olympic Torch along George Street last week when it made its way through the town.

The 21-year-old, who has sight problems, is a former under-18 basketball star.

Goalball features athletes with visual impairments who try to score by throwing the ball, with a heavy bell inside, towards a goal.