Derry World Sprinting Champion, Jason Smyth was named Sport Northern Ireland’s first ‘sporting ambassador’ at a special ceremony at his former Primary School on Tuesday.
The double Paralympic Gold medalist launched the Sporting Ambassador programme at Eglinton Primary School.
The programme will see Sport Northern Ireland’s funded athletes and those athletes supported by the Sports Institute Northern Ireland, giving back to communities by visiting schools and community groups to share their experiences.
Jason is funded by Sport Northern Ireland’s Athlete Investment Programme. That investment has seen a return of World, European, Olympic and Paralympic titles.
Speaking during his visit Jason said: “I am always overwhelmed by the pride and support I receive from home.
“The pupils here have created a mural, which shows everything that is great about Eglinton and it includes an image of me and the golden post box!
“Sport Northern Ireland has bestowed a great honour on me and I’m very proud to be seen as a Sporting Ambassador for future athletes.
“This is a great opportunity to give something back to my local community,” he said.
Antoinette McKeown Sport NI added: “Seeing our elite athletes committing their time to community sport is a really important element of our sporting legacy.