Cochrane teams up with Dame Peters to raise the NI cross-country profile

Hannah Cochrane with friends from Richmount Primary School.
Hannah Cochrane with friends from Richmount Primary School.
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Richmount Primary School’s Hannah Cochrane recently met Dame Mary Peters at a special function to launch the Northern Ireland Cross-Country Championships.

Dame Peters, of course, has strong connections to the area thanks to time spent as a pupil at Portadown College before winning gold at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Cochrane was selected to assist Dame Peters at the event held to highlight the competition backed by Flahavans Porridge and Athletics NI.

Colleagues from the school also turned out to support Cochrane.

“This year I competed in the Flahavans Porridge Athletics NI Primary School Cross-Country Championships,” said Cochrane. “I was fifth in Northern Ireland primary girls and first in the Southern Area.

“The league final brought together 192 competitors from across the province.

“This was made up of the top five individuals in each of the seven areas and the best three school teams from each area.

“The top 20 girls and boys are invited to join the NI junior cross-country squad for 2015.

“I cannot wait to train with them and be part of the squad.

“The best part of the day was having the P7 girls, Miss Haslam and Mrs Courtney there from Richmount to support me.

“I had the best supporters there.”

Tandragee Primary School’s Jack Scott and James Walker were each selected for the 2013/14 junior cross-country panel.