Mary Peters fires Simon Ferguson's Commonwealth Games ambition
Sharpshooter Simon Ferguson, a 21 year old Queen's University student with his sights on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, is the latest recipient of the Rainbow Communications sports funding award, in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.
Simon from Dungannon, who started shooting at the age of 15, said: "I first started the sport as part of the skill section of my Duke of Edinburgh Award and decided to keep it up after I completed the Award as I really enjoyed it. I usually practise every Saturday and more often when I'm not in university where I am studying Applied Maths and Physics.
"I enjoy the challenge of the sport, when you get a bull you know that you have done everything perfectly. To date, my biggest achievement was coming first in the NSRA Inter-Regional Rifle Match, where I also achieved a new personal best of 595 out of a possible 600. I was also part of the Northern Ireland team which won the team event.
"Going forward, I will be concentrating on improving my technique to build a better, more consistent performance with the ultimate aim of qualifying for the next Commonwealth Games. "
Stuart Carson, of Rainbow Communications, which is Northern Ireland's largest independent business telecoms company, said: "It is great to see a young sportsperson like Simon excelling and aiming high with the Commonwealth Games in his sights for the future.
"Rainbow Communications is delighted to continue to work with the Mary Peters Trust to support the next generation of sports stars and I wish Simon all the very best in his future endeavours."
Dame Mary added: "I am delighted that Rainbow Communications continue to support young athletes in Northern Ireland.
"Simon is a perfect example of someone who has both ability and potential and with a little help from both Rainbow Communications and The Mary Peters Trust, he should progress to representing Northern Ireland in the future."