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Meet the Award athletes 2016

Mary Peters Trust 'Make it Happen' awards

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.

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."

About the athletes...

  • Jack Agnew

    Jack Agnew – Wheelchair Athletics (16 yrs)

    Jack is recently back from the Brazilian National Championships where he represented GB. He won three Golds and got a personal best at 400 metres. He also won the London Mini Junior Marathon and the 1,500 metres in the English National Championships. In GB he is currently ranked top in his age group. He is also ranked in the top 10 seniors at the age of 16.

    The Bluefin Sport and Mary Peters Trust ‘Make It Happen’ Award will mean he can attend the Swiss Silver Bullet training camp – Marcel Hug (Multiple Paralympic Medallist) and his coach Paul Odermatt will organise a 5 day training camp at the facilities of the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil, Switzerland. This is a great opportunity to get high level coaching and it is attended by athletes from across Europe. This camp is not all based on the track, there are classroom workshops on professional sports life and mental skills.

    Jack is on track to be selected to represent GB & NI for the IPC Jnr World Championships in Switzerland in 2017, for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and always aiming for the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020. It is vital to his development to experience a mix of training and coaching methods. It is also important that he gets the opportunity to train with the best athletes possible. This will take careful planning and a lot of travelling.

    Jack is currently in his GCSE year and manages training six days a week as well as school work.

  • Oisin McClellend

    Oisin McClelland – Sailing (22 yrs)

    Oisin has had a successful junior career competing in a Laser at the European Championships and ranking 1st in the Under 21 category for Ireland. As his height reached 6ft 4in before the age of 18, his physical profile actually became a disadvantage to his competitive sporting career at a junior level. Now his physical build is a distinct advantage – he competes in Heavyweight Men’s Finn Class (95kg – 105kgs). This suits him and provides a potential avenue to go to Tokyo 2020.

    Oisin took the brave step of travelling to Spain and basing himself at the Dinghy Academy Camp in Valencia where he trains and competes with World Class and International Athletes on a daily basis. Here Oisin has been selected to train in a specialist group of 5 Developing Finn athletes.

    The Bluefin Sport and Mary Peters Trust ‘Make It Happen’ will mean that he can spend 3 to 4 months there full time, this is a very important in the run up to the European season. Up to this point Oisin was only at the training camp on a part time basis and travelled home to work and save so that he can support himself and travel back to Spain.

    The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYANI) – the Sailing Sporting Governing Body named him as one of their High Performance Athletes.

Making it Happen!