►Sports' Union Colours Sports Awards
Neil Dougan, from Bangor was named sports-person of the year and was awarded the prestigious Jordanstown Silver Salver. The sports scholar has had a magnificent year within this chosen sport of weightlifting. Neil won the British Universities and finished 2nd at both the Irish Senior Championships and at the British U23 Championships. He also won the NI Senior Open Weightlifting Championships and finished 3rd and 10th respectively at the European Small Nations Championships and the University World Championships.
The Coleraine 8 Ball Pool Club scooped the coveted Convocation Rose Bowl for their outstanding achievement and excellence within their sport. They also picked up the Hurst Trophy for team of the year (Coleraine/Magee). The club has had an outstanding year winning both the Irish Intervarsities and British University Championships. To top this six of the club’s members were part of the Gold Medal winning NI Universities team at the Home Nations tournament. Pictured above: Members of the 8 Ball Pool team with Martin O'Donnell (Bank of Ireland)
John McAllister won the coveted President’s Plate, awarded to sportsperson of the year for Coleraine and Magee. John is a final year coleraine student. He has been the life and soul of his club (8 Ball Pool), guiding and training them. His leadership was noted when he was selected to captain the NI Universities Team to Gold at the Home Nations Tournament.
The Jordanstown Ladies Hockey club were awarded the Convocation Merit Award for endeavour. The club’s achievements include the 1st team reaching the final of the Irish Intervarsities Plate Competition and the final of the UWHU Qualifying Plate. The 2nd team won the Ulster Women’s Hockey Union Intermediate Plate and reached the Irish Cup Semi-Final. Lynn Handley captain of 1st team was selected for the Irish Colleges Combined Team.
Above: Jordanstown Ladies Hockey L-R: Natalie Pinkerton, Louise Wright, Lynn Handley and Alix Jackson.
The Jordanstown Mens Volleyball team were named Jordanstown Team of the Year. The club has notched up some major achievements this year; winning the Irish Intervarsities (without losing a single match) for the second consecutive season. The team also finished 3rd in the All Ireland Premier League and five of the UUJ players were selected to play for NI Universities team at the Home Nations Championships.
Noleen Lennon, Sports Union President said: “This event is the pinnacle of our sporting year. It is a great night of celebration and also reward for all of the hard work and successes of sportspersons across the University.”
Billy Kehoe, Head of Retail Banking (Bank of Ireland) said, "As part of an initiative which celebrates excellence in people for their sporting achievements and commitment to others in the sporting field, Bank of Ireland is delighted to support the University of Ulster's Colours awards. The aim of the Sports Union to recognise individuals and teams reflects Bank of Ireland's own focus on leadership and rewarding teamwork."
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