A key aim of the 'Inspired by London 2012' programme is to convince those who regard physical activity as too much effort that it is in fact worthwhile, fulfilling and enjoyable. So who better to inspire the Northern Irish population to lace up their running shoes than the only Ulsterman ever to have run across America, Tony Culley-Foster. He is an inspirational figure, not only for his outstanding athletic achievements but also for the work he has carried out to promote community service and peace in Northern Ireland. Tony has always worked for and supported youth projects, and in particular sport, being recognised with a Public Service Commendation by five different US Presidents for his work. His great efforts, such as running the circumference of Ireland to raise money for the Protestant and Catholic Boy Scout movements, have gone a long way to help unite a divided community and are a great example of what Northern Ireland and the Northern Irish people can achieve through dedication and hard work. The Olympic virtues of courage, sacrifice and perseverance are extremely important to Tony and his example, if allied with the 'inspired by London 2012' effort, will surely highlight sport as an important stepping stone on the way to health and peace for all.