Dame Mary Peters is an Olympic gold medallist in the women’s pentathlon and regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s greatest ever athletes.

Dame Mary Peters set a then world record to claim gold in the 1972 games in Munich.

Her victory was named Northern Ireland’s greatest sporting moment in a poll conducted by the National Lottery in 2013.

Although born in Halewood, near Liverpool, Dame Mary moved to Ballymena when she was 11 and represented Northern Ireland at every Commonwealth Games between 1958 and 1974 winning two gold medals for the pentathlon and a gold and silver medal for the shot put.

In 1990, she was appointed CBE having received an MBE in 1972. In 2000, she was again honoured by the Queen and named a Dame Commander of the British Empire.

More than 40 years after her Olympic triumph, Dame Mary remains a sporting ambassador and inspiration. The Mary Peters Trust supports young sportsmen and women, able-bodied and disabled throughout Northern Ireland to realise their full potential.

Y Fonesig Mary Peters
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