The Institute of Directors (NI) has teamed up with sports charity, the Mary Peters Trust, to raise funds to support some of Northern Ireland’s most promising athletes.
Now in its 40th
year, the Trust has given financial support and advice to more than 5,000 sportsmen and women to enhance their professional development and enable them to compete on the world stage.
Welcoming the partnership, Head of Business Development for the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland, Lisa Keys, said:
“Our members are always keen to get involved in and support local causes and with the next Olympic year on the horizon, we couldn’t think of a more suitable and honourable charity to be aligned with than the Mary Peters Trust.
“Just like the charity provides opportunities for young people to compete on an international stage, the Institute of Directors is dedicated to providing ambitious individuals with the essential skills needed to enter international markets. Once operating at this level, local businesses can grow and thrive as highly established international brands that will inspire and motivate others, much like sports stars do with young athletes.”
Previous beneficiaries of the Mary Peters Trust include a stream of world class athletes such as Rory McIlroy, Carl Frampton, Kelly Gallaher, Jimmy Kirkwood, Darren Clarke, GB Paralympian Sally Brown, and Double Commonwealth Games athlete, Katie Kirk.
Lisa Keys continued:
“The Mary Peters Trust has been instrumental in helping to place Northern Ireland on the map as a country that produces some of the world’s best athletes. Such a legacy is something that the Institute of Directors aims to replicate within the corporate sector and is committed to expanding the rich pool of business talent here.
“We are delighted to be supporting the Mary Peters Trust and look forward to delivering an exciting programme of events to raise significant funds that will involve the collaboration of some of Northern Ireland’s finest athletes and business leaders.”
Formed to commemorate Dame Mary Peters’ Olympic Gold Medal win in 1972, the Trust is one of the only province-wide organisations which can assess sporting need and provide help to individuals, both able-bodied and disabled, across all recognised sports.
President of the Mary Peters Trust, Dame Mary Peters CH. DBE, said:
“We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with the IoD NI and cannot thank them enough for helping to invest in the future of budding sport stars here in Northern Ireland.
“What many people don’t realise is that a career in sport takes an awful lot more than talent, dedication and discipline. It also requires a huge amount of patience and money to help fund costly equipment, training and travel expenses, which are key to optimising performance and future success.
“The Mary Peters Trust helps athletes overcome this financial hurdle by awarding bursaries to young sportsmen and women who have shown outstanding skill, devotion and achievements in their chosen field.
“A career in sport also requires a level of business acumen once athletes get pushed further into the limelight and for that reason; we are very excited to be partnered with the IoD to offer further advisory support on such an important matter.
“The Institute of Directors and the Trust have many synergies. Both excel in providing members/young sportspersons with the skills and opportunities to maximise their own potential and both organisations aim to make a wider contribution to the economic and sporting arena in Northern Ireland.
“This year the Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary and a partnership with the Institute of Directors would enable us to highlight the important role business leaders can play in helping realise the dreams of our young sporting talent.”
To find out more about fundraising events please contact the IoD on 028 9068 3224 or visit www.iodni.com
The Mary Peters Trust can also be contacted through Twitter and Facebook:
Athlete Case Studies
Graeme McDowell MBE
- Facebook.com/MaryPeters Trust
Graeme received an Award from the Mary Peters Trust when he attended the University of Alabama in America. Graeme has since triumphed on the World Stage winning 10 events on the European Tour, 2 on the PGA Tour and winning the 2010 US Open as well as winning the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Ryder Cup. Before turning professional, he had a successful amateur career both in Ireland and the United States, where her won many tournaments and was recognised as the most outstanding Collegiate Golfer in 2002. He represented Ireland internationally and was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Team.
Dr Kelly Gallagher MBE
Kelly Gallagher is the first athlete from Northern Ireland to compete in the Winter Paralympics. Kelly won Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold medal during Sochi 2014. Kelly is visually impaired and competes with a sighted guide. At the 2009 New Zealand Winter Games she won Gold in her first ever international race, the giant slalom, and was then selected for the British team at the 2010 Winter Paralympics. Kelly has received Awards from the Mary Peters Trust from the start of her career and we were delighted when she won Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold on 10 March 2014 during the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. She finished first in the visually impaired Super-G competition.