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Olympic Brothers get behind National Trails Day


Northern Ireland’s silver medal winning Chambers brothers are teaming up with Outdoor Recreation NI to call for everyone all across the country to get outdoors and active this Sunday as part of National Trails Day 2012.

Now in its fifth year, National Trails Day boasts almost sixty free canoeing, mountain biking and guided walking events taking place on local trails throughout Northern Ireland and younger brother Peter Chambers believes initiatives such as this are exactly what is needed to ensure a successful Olympic legacy here in Northern Ireland.

Mr Chambers explains, “One of our responsibilities as athletes is to use our success at the Olympics to get more people across the UK outdoors and engaged in sport. Obviously, being from Northern Ireland, we are really keen to get behind National Trails Day here and want to see everyone making the most of our great walking, cycling and canoeing trails this Sunday.”

Elder brother Richard, who began his own rowing career aged just fourteen, commented “The London Olympics was a great platform for sport and it has been widely publicised how the games have inspired a generation to get outdoors and involved in sports and activity clubs.”

Mr Chambers added, “We now need to keep this momentum going and National Trails Day is a great opportunity for us to do just this. There really is such a variety of events taking place this Sunday and we would love to see families and friends all across the country out enjoying our local trails.”

All events are completely free of charge and suitable for absolute beginners however pre-registration may be required. Visit www.nationaltrailsday.co.uk for more information.

National Trails Day in Northern Ireland is organised by Outdoor Recreation NI in partnership with financial partners, Inland Waterways of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Sport Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency with support from the Northern Ireland Forest Service and the National Trust.

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