Award winner Eimhear chasing American dream
One of basketball's rising stars hopes the Rainbow Communications Sports Award - in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust - will be a launching pad towards playing the game in the United States.
Eimhear Morris (15) is a student at Rathmore Grammar School and started playing basketball at just seven years old.
Dame Mary Peters said: "I am so pleased that once again through the Rainbow Awards we have been able to support Eimhear.
"I have no doubt that she will be a credit to Northern Ireland sport," added Dame Mary, pentathlon gold medallist at the 1972 Olympics.
Eimhear is currently in training for a tournament in Spain.
"In the short term, I am training hard to improve my game and am preparing for an important tournament in Girona in Spain and then next summer we have the European Championships," she said.
"In the long term, I would love the opportunity to play basketball in America."
Eimhear continued: "I am thrilled to be a recipient of the Rainbow Communications Sports Award, in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust, and the bursary will be used to help pay for my training sessions which are not only held all over Ireland but in the coming months in France and Spain.
"My mum, dad and brother Domhnall all played basketball so I was always involved in the game with them.
"I enjoy playing basketball because it's a great team sport and has opened so many doors for me.
"It has enabled me to travel to lots of different places around the world to play, go to training camps and make friends for life not only from here but abroad.
"I have also been lucky to train with some of the top coaches in the country."
Eimhear has a busy training schedule with four different squads - Phoenix Basketball Club, the Ulster Rockets development squad, the NI squad and the Ireland U16 team.
Athletes are chosen every month by the Mary Peters Trust to receive the Rainbow Communications Grant.
Stuart Carson from Rainbow Communications said: "Eimhear is a great example of a young dedicated sportsperson.
"She commits a lot of her time to training and competitions.
"I am confident that her hard work will stand her in good stead for future sporting success," he added.
To apply for the award, visit www.marypeterstrust.org