I'm very pleased indeed that Dame Mary Peters has been appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH).
In the late 60s and early 70s Mary Peters trained at Buster McShane's gym and health club in Upper Arthur Street, Belfast.
My father was once a member of the club and he used to take me there as a little boy, where I remember seeing Mary train.
She became Ulster's Golden Girl when she brought us home a gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Mary Peters was appointed Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000.
Dame Mary served the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Belfast between 2009 and 2014 with great aplomb.
Dame Mary has been - and continues to be - a tremendous ambassador for Northern Ireland.