A Newtownabbey school teacher won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in August 1965.
According to a report in the East Antrim Times, mother-of-two Pat Vizard triumphed in archery at the international competition at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire.
The pioneering rehabilitation work carried out at Stoke Mandeville Hospital led to the development of the Paralympic Games.
Pat, who was secretary of the Northern Ireland Paralympics Association, had won a silver medal at the National Games the previous month, when she had represented Northern Ireland.
Her success enabled her to be selected to compete at the international event.