Mary Peters Award Winner John James

Rifle shooting star awarded Mary Peters Bursary

A South Belfast sixth-form student has been awarded the prestigious Rainbow Communications Sports Bursary in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust after high praise for his expertise in rifle shooting.

17-year-old Jonathan James, who is ranked Number 1 in Northern Ireland at U19 Level, received the sports bursary which provides financial assistance to the region’s young sports stars.

The talented athletes are selected by the Mary Peters Trust and awarded by Northern Ireland’s largest independent business telecoms company, Rainbow Communications.

Jonathan says he’s delighted with the bursary:

“I have been shooting in both the small bore and full bore disciplines for the past five years and am a member of the Northern Ireland Junior small bore team in the National League.

“I am currently a member of the Great British Cadet Rifle Team and am also training to be a member of the Great Britain U-19 team.

“At the moment I am preparing for the Great British Cadet (Athelings)Team Tour to Canada which has taken a lot of time and resources, so this bursary will really help my training and saving up for this important trip.

“I’m very grateful for the bursary, not only for the financial assistance, but the high regard the Mary Peters Trust is held in.”

A monthly candidate from all recognised sports will be chosen for the Rainbow Communications bursary.

Stuart Carson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Rainbow Communications, said:

“Jonathan has shown great skill over the past five years and I am delighted the bursary is going to a young sports star who is obviously very talented and dedicated.

“Northern Ireland has a fantastic history in rifle shooting, including quadruple Commonwealth Games gold medallist David Calvert, and no doubt he will follow in our sports stars’ footsteps.

“I look forward to following Jonathan’s progress and glad the bursary will help fund his important team tour to Canada.”

To find about how you can apply for the bursary, visit


First Published: 25/06/13

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