Northern Irish paralympic swimmer Stephen Campbell has once again struck gold – this time with the world-renowned computer technology corporation Microsoft. Stephen who is from County Tyrone lost his sight at the age of 16, but despite this disability, he will start work with Microsoft in Dublin as part of the Institute of Sport’s Career Athlete Development Programme.
The swimming star who is no stranger to success is a second year Multimedia Computing and Design student at the University of Ulster at Magee in Co Londonderry.
And the aim of this innovative internship which Stephen begins in July is to secure flexible employment for athletes, giving them the opportunity to begin a career while allowing for time to train in his or her sporting discipline.
Stephen represented Ireland at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and in October 2009 broke three Irish swimming records at the International Paralympic Committee European Swimming Championships in Iceland.
The Cookstown student will be working part-time allowing him time to train for the World Swimming Championships in August 2010 and the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Professor Liam Maguire, Head of the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Ulster, said he was delighted that Stephen has secured a place on this programme.
And Fiona Mullan, HR Director of Microsoft Ireland, said the company was pleased to have the young Cookstown man on board.
Mum Mary Campbell said she was delighted that Stephen had been awarded a place on the programme.
“I’m thrilled,” she told me. “It’ll be a huge undertaking for him but he’s looking forward to it. Hopefully it will all work out for him.”
Stephen puts in hours of practice each week and mum Mary is delighted that he has secured a place on the programme, enabling him to do what he loves most.