Belfast Telegraph

Video: Dame Mary strikes black gold in £1m cash race

By Jim Gracey

Dame Mary Peters has won Olympic gold, entertained royalty, presidents and prime ministers and been a role model to generations of athletes around the world.

But until yesterday the 1972 Olympic pentathlon champion had never pulled a pint of black gold.

Thanks to old friend and Belfast bar owner Willie Jack, Dame Mary was given the inside track on how to pull the perfect pint and tick another box on her bucket list.

The occasion in Belfast's iconic Dark Horse pub marked the launch of the final series of fundraising events aimed at raising a £1m legacy for the Mary Peters Trust to continue providing provide financial support to young sportsmen and women across Northern Ireland.

"I've always been fascinated by the art of pulling the perfect pint of Guinness and its something I've always wanted to do," Dame Mary said. "And it was all in a good cause for my Race to a Million project to support the future work of the trust."

The race is more than halfway towards its target which it aims to hit ahead of a Gala Dinner at Titanic Belfast to mark Dame Mary's 80th birthday next summer.

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