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Stars chosen in “Make it Happen Awards” by the Mary Peters Trust

Jack Agnew and Oisin McClelland have been chosen by the Mary Peters Trust “Make it Happen Awards” as the elite young talent in Northern Ireland. They will receive £2000 each to go towards the cost of training, equipment and travel.

Sponsored by Bluefin Sport, the Mary Peters Trust chooses two people each year that it feels are most deserving of the grant to further their sporting development. The money can be used for a variety of things like training, equipment or travel expenses and can be a real boost to these aspiring and hugely talented sport stars.

Jack, a winner of three gold medals for Team GB at the recent Brazilian National Championships for wheelchair athletics, is training to compete at the London Marathon in April with aspirations of going to the IPC World Junior Championship next year, the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Oisin will be heading to Spain to train at the Dinghy Academy Camp in Valencia competing against world class sailors every day. He had been named as one of the High Performance Athletes by the Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland.

Eilish Rutherford, Chair of the Mary Peters Trust, said: "This support from Bluefin Sport is invaluable to our charity. These large awards are designed to give the selected athletes a boost in their sporting careers with funding that will give them the opportunity to target a skill or technique to help their competition and give them a competitive edge.

"It is even more important in light of the budgets that are continually being cut in all aspects of sport at present.

"Oisin and Jack are perfect examples of young athletes who are dedicating all their efforts into being the best that they can be in their chosen sporting field and we want to help them as much as we can."

Alyn Spratt, Head of Sport for Bluefin Northern Ireland, said: "We are thrilled to support these awards and to be associated with the fantastic work of the Mary Peters Trust and Dame Mary herself. It's inspiring to see the impact this can have in helping athletes achieve their sporting goals and ambitions."