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Let's take care of one another and we'll see you soon... heroes of track, field and ring send defiant message

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Lady Mary Peters

Lady Mary Peters

Leah McCourt

Leah McCourt

Katie Mullan

Katie Mullan

Ronan Gallagher

Ronan Gallagher

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Steven Davis

Steven Davis

John Cooney

John Cooney

Ashley Hutton

Ashley Hutton

Lady Mary Peters

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland football captain)

With news that Northern Ireland's upcoming play-off game has been postponed, I wanted to send a message to you all.

These are exceptional times we are living in and we all have to help each other out as much as possible and do all we can. The most important thing is we stay safe and hopefully we will see you all in June. Take care.

Lady Mary Peters (Olympic gold medallist)

I am following the official advice to self isolate at home as I approach my 81st year but I continue to exercise and my advice to people is to make sure you do, also. It is important to keep our hearts and lungs working to their full capacity. This time has brought home to me what it must have like for people in wartime, the fear and isolation. As an Olympian, I recognise the threat to the Games from coronavirus and my heart goes out to the many young people we have supported through my Trust who are now facing uncertainty after their years of hard work and preparation for this moment. But my message to them, and everyone affected by this unprecedented situation is keep fit, keep healthy and keep smiling. All the major events on hold will happen. Don't give up.

Carl Frampton (former world boxing champion)

The coronavirus crisis has caused a lot of uncertainty around my upcoming fight against Jamel Herring but it is not the most important thing right now. When this has passed, we will get it sealed and have the fight. It's good to have the fight agreed but there are more important things than boxing. People's health is more important than me and Herring having a fight, so it's important we do this right. Then we can get back to sport again.

Ronan Gallagher (Fermanagh selector and principal of St John's, Middletown)

My big worry about not having sport is about what other outlets or social distractions there are for others. That's what sport is, ours in Gaelic football and for other people, it is horse riding, ju-jitsu, whatever it is. From the football point of view, if we got through to the tail-end of the summer, which is what people are predicting, imagine an open draw of an All-Ireland, ran over five, six weeks. There would be some excitement around it, some attendance at it. If we had a window for an open draw All-Ireland, it would be unbelievable for everybody. Six weeks of bliss for people.

John Cooney (Ulster and Ireland)

It's incredibly uncertain times for people at the moment but it's hugely important that we all stay positive. It's a word that's thrown about a lot and it's obviously easier said than done but there's certain things that I like to do to help through times of adversity. One would be to remember that there's always someone in a worse position. When you think of the amazing work that's being done by doctors and nurses at the minute, some of whom can't even get home to see their families or are quarantined, it's a lot tougher for them than it is for us. We hope everyone is well and look forward to seeing you soon.

Leah McCourt (MMA champion)

If I have learned one thing in my life, it is that sometimes elevation requires isolation. These are uncertain times but with hope, faith and belief, we will overcome this together. I am looking for opportunities within this unique time and not excuses, to develop myself both mentally and psychically by studying tape, road work, sprinting, shadow boxing, bag work, reading, quality family time and taking the opportunity to step back, breathe and appreciate each day. My eyes are firmly fixed on Bellator London on May 16.

Katie Mullan (Ireland hockey international)

I suppose there is a worry that the Olympics might not take place but all we can do is to take the advice we have been given by Sport Ireland and the Irish Olympic authorities. We are still sticking to our plan, which has changed recently as we are exercising social distancing. That means we have to be self-driven and training in makeshift gyms at our homes and doing a bit of running outside but, as a very motivated group, that's not a problem.

Andrew Waterworth (Linfield)

It's a very tough time for all of us and sport is secondary when people's lives are being affected in this terrible way. Our hearts go out to anyone fighting this and hopefully they can stay strong. Our health is at the forefront of everything we do in our lives. My wife, Lisa, works in the NHS and I would like to send my love, admiration and respect to all those who are on the frontline fighting for us. Football is the beautiful game and we do miss it. Stay safe and we will be back!

Ashley Hutton (Northern Ireland footballer)

It's only right that sporting fixtures have been cancelled. As a player, it's difficult to know how to prepare for the immediate future. We had been due to play Belarus in a Euro qualifier next month and our own domestic Women's Premiership is scheduled to kick-off at the end of April, but we don't know when we will be playing again. Kenny Shiels is keeping in contact with us to make sure we're staying motivated and focused. I don't think that will be a problem for us because we know that we are in the best position to qualify for a major finals that we've ever been in, so that will keep the motivation within the squad until we are ready to play again.

Belfast Telegraph