Belfast Telegraph

Everyone's a winner with the unforgettable Dale Farm Sports Day Design Competition

By Ali Gordon

Talented primary school pupils from across Northern Ireland won their schools a sports day to remember thanks to the Dale Farm Sports Day Design Competition.

Supported by Dale Farm, Podium4Sport and Mary Peters Trust, pupils were asked to design a sports day-themed banner.

Competition winners received an equipment pack worth £500 from Podium4Sport for their school and a production of their banner, as well as refreshments and medals provided for their sports day.

Winners included P7 pupil Tim Bailie from Creavery Primary School in Antrim; Jennifer Daly, a P5 pupil from St Mary's Primary School, Cookstown; P3 pupil Daniel McCusker from St Therese of Lisieux, Belfast; and Aimee Ferguson, a P7 pupil from Towerview Primary School in Bangor.

The children from St Mary's and St Therese of Lisieux Primary Schools also welcomed Eilish Rutherford, Chairman of the Mary Peters Trust, to their schools as part of their big day.

She joined pupils for a discussion on the benefits of participating in sport and encouraged them to get involved in as many activities as they could.

At Creavery and Towerview Primary Schools, youngsters also enjoyed visits from table tennis ace Zak Wilson, who is currently ranked first in Ireland at under-15 level and international sailing star Ryan Glynn, one of Northern Ireland's brightest young sailing talents.

The athletes gave inspirational talks to pupils, highlighting the positive aspects of sport and sharing their journeys to the top of their sports.

Wilson and Glynn are both recipients of prestigious the Dale Farm Athletes' Academy bursary which helps to facilitate their developments within their respective sports.

Dale Farm's Commercial Director Jason Hempton said: "Through our Dale Farm Athletes' Academy we have supported five young, local athletes by helping them to achieve their goals of competing internationally.

"To supplement this initiative we are now assisting five local schools to celebrate the enjoyment of sport and we were delighted to work with these primary schools on their sports days."

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