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Carl Frampton in Facebook interview at Stormont

'Perfect ambassador' to tell young people at event how to achieve your goals

By Claire Williamson

World champion boxer Carl Frampton will be swapping the boxing ring for Stormont tonight as he addresses an event for young people.

The two-weight champion will be interviewed at the event in front of an audience of young people from a diverse range of background.

Cool Fm presenter Pete Snodden will be asking the questions and quizzing Carl about the obstacles he has overcome and the importance of taking responsibility for your own future and setting goals to realise your potential.

The event is invite-only but you can watch the interview here live from 8.30pm.

It is organised through the Speaker of the Assembly as he launches "creating opportunities" as the theme for this term of office.

Speaker, Robin Newton said the Belfast boxer is the "perfect ambassador" and a "fantastic role model" for young people in Northern Ireland.

He said that Stormont has the "responsibility to make decisions here to create opportunities for the future".

He said: "We have a particular duty to create opportunities for those coming beyond us and that is why I wanted to start with an event on the International Day of Democracy which focused on young people. It is important that the Assembly hears their voice in taking decisions and that they know that the Assembly can influence the issues which affect their lives and create opportunities for them

"Carl Frampton is the perfect ambassador for the first ‘Creating Opportunities’ event. He is a fantastic role model of how, no matter where you live or your circumstances, you can use your talents and hard work to create opportunities and build a bright future for yourself.

"Beyond that he has shown that you can use your own success as a platform to help and inspire others and act as a fantastic ambassador for Northern Ireland. I am delighted that Carl has given the time to share his perspective with the young people attending this evening.

“I am working with my officials to develop how we can continue to use events and initiatives which I can lead as Speaker to underline the principle of creating opportunities in many forms. This Assembly is here to reflect, respond to and scrutinise the challenges faced by our community. However, I also want the message to go out loud and clear that Parliament Buildings should also act as a platform to inspire and encourage the potential within our society by seeking to create opportunities for others.”

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