Sporting legends assemble for star-studded charitable event

Massive News
January 9, 2017

Sporting personalities including Daley Thompson, Stephen Ferris, Jeremy McWilliams, Oisin McConville and Paddy Wallace, along with NI Football Manager Michael O’Neill and sports presenter Colin Murray gathered together recently at the Sporting Legends Lunch at the new Waterfront Hall to support leading charitable organisations Sport Changes Life and Mary Peters Trust.

Hosted by James Nesbitt and supported by The Rory Foundation, the Sporting Legends Lunch aimed to celebrate and support the important work that these organisations carry out in helping young people realise their full potential through sport.

Sport Changes Life aims to raise the aspirations of young people through sporting excellence, vocational and academic achievement and sport personal development. The Mary Peters Trust helps young athletes, whatever their sport or social background, to realise their maximum potential by assisting in both a financial and advisory capacity.

Speaking at the announcement of this year’s Sporting Legends Lunch, Dame Mary Peters said, “I discovered my talent for athletics at the age of 16 with the encouragement of my school principal. The power of sport is something that I feel very strongly about as not only does it give good health, enjoyment, friendship and travel too, but also a great sense of achievement when you reach those high standards.  We give funding to young aspiring athletes from a variety of sports, to help them follow their dreams because travel for sport can be so expensive, and I am looking forward to seeing some of those that we have supported along the way at this great event.”

Gareth Maguire, Founder, Sport Changes Life, added, “Both Sport Changes Life and the Mary Peters Trust recognise the tremendous positive impact that sport can have on a young person’s life.  We are delighted by the strong relationships formed between young people across Northern Ireland and our Sport Changes Life Victory Scholars as well as the lifelong friendships and team bonds which have endured outside of sport for the young people participating in our programmes.”

For further information on the initiatives led by Sport Changes Life and Dame Mary Peters Trust visit  and