Super 8 Stories: Mary Peters - Olympic Gold Medallist







14 December 2003 (first transmission)


05min 00sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Mary Peters

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The story of local girl Mary Peters winning gold at the 1970 Commonwealth Games and 1972 Olympic Games and returning home to a civic reception at Belfast City Hall. This clip appeared in Series 1, Programme 3 of Super 8 Stories.


Architect, Gordon McKnight was inspired to take up amateur film making with 'the arrival of my second daughter in 1953'. Originally working with Standard 8mm and then moving onto Super 8 when it became available, Gordon had many cameras including the Eumig C3M, a Bolex H8, and a Leicina Super RT1. A member of both the YMCA Cine Club in Belfast and the Donaghadee Camera Club, Gordon was spurred on by the friendly competition of those around him and eventually won the prestigious UK Top 8 competition for a movie he shot on holiday in the Grand Canyon, USA. Gordon’s holiday journeys to destinations around the world acted as the inspiration for many of his films and his memories of viewing his movies include 'showing my family and friends films of my latest travels and my children enjoying watching what they called ‘the old movies’'. Although he gave up recording moving images when video arrived on the scene to concentrate on stills photography and his painting Gordon still often enjoys watching his old movies today. 'My films are probably my most treasured possessions - memories of my family, my travels, my accomplishments - great times'.

Shot List

Mary Peters arriving at Belfast City Hall. Mary Peters training and practicing shot putt. Spectator footage from the Commonwealth Games 1970. Spectator footage of the medal ceremony. BBC footage of the 1972 Olympics and medal ceremony. Homecoming ceremony at Belfast City Hall.


Narrator - Maire Jones; Camera - Michael Quinn; Sound - Sion Kerr, Gregg Bailey; Music Consultants - Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Production Accountant - Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant - Tammy Moore; Graphic - Alan Perry; Dubbing - One Zero Zero; Online Editor - Johnathan Fetherstone; Researcher - Ronan Feely; Archivist - Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer - Jenny Waugh; Executive Producers - Deirdre Devlin, Michael Hewitt; Editors - Greg Darby, Henry Wood; Producer - Diarmuid Lavery; Director - Brian Henry Martin



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