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Sporting legends gathered at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre last week to mark the launch of the Ulster Sports Museum’s travelling exhibition, ‘Celebrating our past — inspiring our future’.

Northern Ireland Olympic heroine, Dame Mary Peters was joined by Tyrone footballing legend Peter Canavan, Special Olympic athlete Sammy-Jo Sweeney and Rugby Legend Nigel Carr, to mark the display of sporting successes of those from Cookstown District Council area.

The show, which will be available to see for free until February 28, features a diverse range of sports including boxing, GAA and Rugby.

Welcoming both Dame Mary Peters and the sporting heritage show, the delighted chair of Cookstown District Council — Councillor Pearse McAleer said: “A special thank you to Dame Mary Peters for attending this evening. Her personal achievements have inspired generation after generation.

“It always amazes me when I hear about the achievements of our local residents,” he went on, “these individuals live on our doorstep, many of them holding down full time jobs or still at school, but they are competing at the highest level in their chosen sport.

“It is wonderful to see a celebration of many sporting triumphs and have the opportunity to relive them through this wonderful exhibition.”

Dame Peters, chair of the Ulster Sports Museum Association, said: “I am delighted the Burnavon is hosting the exhibition which is designed to inspire the youth of the future and emphasises the region’s sporting achievements across a variety of sports and a range of decades.”

As part of the exhibition, Mid-Ulster residents are being encouraged to nominate their local sporting hero. To put your favourite forward go to email, or log on to the Burnavon’s Facebook Page to post your nomination and reason.




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