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Teen star Megan picks up Mary Peters gong


Front foot: Megan Marrs with Eilish Rutherford and Stuart Carson

Front foot: Megan Marrs with Eilish Rutherford and Stuart Carson

Front foot: Megan Marrs with Eilish Rutherford and Stuart Carson

Strathearn School student Megan Marrs has been awarded a Rainbow Communications Sport Award in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.

The 16-year-old hurdler has received the funding to support her training as she works towards the UK World Junior Trials in Bedford on June 21.

Ranked number one in Northern Ireland, the talented youngster stepped up to the Under-20 age group in the AAA's Indoor Championships in Sheffield in March to claim fourth place.

Marrs hopes to emulate her top-four finish in Bedford next month, with a view to selection for the 2015 European Junior Championships.

"Last year I won silver in the 100m of the Irish Schools so this year it's my goal to win gold," said Marrs, whose father sprinted for Northern Ireland and mother high-jumped for Great Britain.

Stuart Carson from Rainbow Communications, Northern Ireland's largest independent business telecoms company, said: "Despite only properly taking up hurdling in the past two years, Megan has excelled and made a big impression in this short period of time, which shows how talented she really is. She is an ambitious young lady, with one of her goals to break a record held by none other than Dame Mary Peters, and I believe she has the drive and determination to be successful in achieving her goal."

The GCSE student is not only focusing on her forthcoming exams but also has her sights set on competing for the Irish Schools team the Schools' Interprovincial Championships in Cardiff in July.

Every month, athletes across all sports are chosen by the Mary Peters Trust to receive the Rainbow Communications Grant.

Chairman of the Mary Peters Trust, Eilish Rutherford, said: "We at the Trust know financial support is a vital part of development and this Rainbow Award will make a difference in helping Megan to progress and develop."

For information on how you can apply for the award, visit www.marypeterstrust.org.

Belfast Telegraph