Dame Mary Peters has been appointed patron of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council.
Dame Mary, who lives in Lisburn, won Olympic pentathlon gold in 1972 and her career also had three Commonwealth Games titles, including a shot putt triumph.
Following her retirement in 1974, Dame Mary, who is now 76, led the successful campaign to have an international standard track built in Belfast.
She managed the British Athletics team at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic games.
The Mary Peters Trust supports young athletes throughout the province.
Dame Mary said she was “delighted” to be named patron of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council.
“Having competed for Northern Ireland in five Commonwealth Games, winning three gold and one silver medal, I feel privileged to, once again, help to represent Northern Ireland on the world stage,” she said.
“Following the success of our athletes in Glasgow 2014, I am looking forward to more success at the Friendly Games in Australia in 2018.”