Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Mary's new legacy

It is 41 years since Dame Mary Peters became Northern Ireland's Olympic golden girl and she is still a winner.

Yesterday she saw the fruits of her tireless campaigning for world class athletics facilities bear fruit. The stadium built in her honour 36 years ago has been given a £3m facelift and now has the same sort of eight-lane track as used in the London Olympics, a new stand and fields event area. This is a far cry from the facilities Dame Mary used to pursue Olympic glory, and a fitting tribute to one of our greatest sporting figures. Now those hoping to follow her lead will have the perfect training ground and furthermore, Belfast should finally be able to host truly international athletics meetings.

It is 41 years since Dame Mary Peters became Northern Ireland's Olympic golden girl and she is still a winner. Yesterday she saw the fruits of her tireless campaigning for world class athletics facilities bear fruit. The stadium built in her honour 36 years ago has been given a £3m facelift and now has the same sort of eight-lane track as used in the London Olympics, a new stand and fields event area. This is a far cry from the facilities Dame Mary used to pursue Olympic glory, and a fitting tribute to one of our greatest sporting figures. Now those hoping to follow her lead will have the perfect training ground and furthermore, Belfast should finally be able to host truly international athletics meetings.

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