Peter Cassidy representing the NIJF as part of the pre-dinner procession at the Mary Peter’s Trust Gala event

On the 31st May the Northern Ireland Judo Federation was represented at the Mary Peter’s Trust Gala Dinner which was a dual celebration of Lady Mary’s 80th birthday and also a fund raising event in the “Race to a Million”.

Mark Montgomery and Joslyn Hoyte Smith along with Lady Mary Peters

A pre-dinner procession took place in the Titanic Belfast building, which honoured the sports involved and assisted by the trust and appearing in the procession on behalf of Judo and the Federation was Peter Cassidy, himself a beneficiary of the support that the trust offers.

Mark Montgomery, a former Mary Peter’s trust beneficiary and a head coach of Simply Judo was also in attendance for the gala event which by all accounts was a night to remember!

Sports stars that attended the event included Irish rugby legend Willie John McBride, Daley Thompson (2 times Olympic Champion), Katherine Grainger (Olympic Champion), Joslyn Hoyte Smith (Olympic Bronze Medallist), Michael McKillop (4 times Paralympic and World Champion) and Mike Bull (2 times Commonwealth Games Champion).

It was fantastic for the NIJF to be a part of the event and we look forward to being part of the future of the Mary Peter’s Trust.