Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Dame Mary puts trust in Ulster’s Olympic hopefuls

Michael Conlan receives his Mary Peters Trust Outstanding Athlete Award from Mary, President of the Trust and Richard Rodgers, Managing Director of Carillion Energy Services

Olympic-bound sailing duo Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern, as well as boxer Michael Conlan, have collected Outstanding Achievement awards from our most renowned Games gold medallist.

The awards, made by the Mary Peters Trust, reflect not only their success to date, but also their future potential.

They are among hundreds of young sportsmen and women financially supported in their development by the Trust over the 40 years since Dame Mary's pentathlon gold medal success at the 1972 Munich Games.

All three will compete for Ireland at next month's London Olympics, Seaton and McGovern from the Carrick and Ballyholme yacht clubs, in the 49er class at Weymouth and Belfast fighter Conlan in the flyweight division.

Making the awards, backed by Carillion Energy Services, Dame Mary said: “It is 40 years this year since I won my gold medal, I remember it vividly and enjoyed the competing enormously.

“I hope our three achievers have a successful and enjoyable competition and I will be following all the athletes and cheering them on.

“Thank you to Carillion Energy Services, without support from them we could not get our athletes to the numerous competitions it takes to reach Olympic standard.”

Richard Rodgers, an ex-athlete and Strategy Development Director of Carillion, added: “It takes dedication to get this far and I am hoping for the best for them.”