Six cyclists who were among 60 young athletes representing over 15 different sports from across the province have received awards from the Mary Peters Trust at a special PWC hosted Athletes’ Academy. 

The cyclists receiving the awards have had strong performances throughout the year including Darren Rafferty who finished inside the top ten at the time trial events at the European Under 23 Championships and the Commonwealth Games. 2022 European Youth Olympians, Áine Doherty and Aliyah Rafferty also received awards along with Karl Rockett, Lucy Brown and Adam Rafferty.

Cycling Ulster Executive Officer, Joanna Gray said:

“I want to congratulate all of the young cyclists who were recipients of Mary Peters Trust Awards this year.

“It’s fantastic to see the progress they are making in the sport which requires dedication and commitment.

“I would also like to thank the Mary Peters Trust for their continued support of our young cyclists and wish them all the best for the future.”

The current tranche of awards was presented by Lady Mary Peters, who this year marks 50 years since winning an Olympic Pentathlon Gold in Munich, alongside MPT Chair, Barry Funston and Alchemy Technologies CEO, John Harkin. 

Athletes were joined by parents and family members as well as MPT Board Directors; Jim Kirkwood, Eilish Rutherford, Ken Nixon, Julie Hastings and Awards Team Chair, Will Doggart.