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Challenge: Zoe Rainey with former Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters

Challenge: Zoe Rainey with former Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters

Challenge: Zoe Rainey with former Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters

An inspirational Belfast girl is completing a hand cycle challenge in aid of future Olympic champions.

Zoe Rainey is one of many hundreds of people across Northern Ireland who are getting behind the Mary Peters Trust summer challenge, called #PassTheTorch, and raising much needed cash for the sporting charity.

Twelve-year-old Zoe, who has complex disabilities, has challenged herself to complete 11 laps of the Mary Peters Track using her newly acquired hand cycle tomorrow, where she will be joined by the Olympic hero herself for some of the laps.

Zoe said: “I am paralysed below my belly button and have spina bifida, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, scoliosis and use a Bi-PAP ventilator at night to help me breathe — but none of that stops me loving life.

“The 11-lap course is 4.4km and to date my personal best is 2.1km, so I will need to double this to complete my challenge for the Mary Peters Trust Pass the Torch campaign.”

Zoe has already raised over £2,000, well exceeding her original £500 target, and has been training hard to complete her Sunday morning hand cycle challenge.

Lady Mary said: “She is such an inspiration to us all and we’re so thankful for her and her family’s efforts.”

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