Amy Foster and Paula Grant win the Most Outstanding Sports Person Awards
Amy Foster (Athletics) and Paula Grant (Golf) were the worthy winners of the most outstanding sports person awards for their campus at COLOURS Sports Union Awards in the Hilton Hotel on Saturday 24th May. These are the most prestigious awards that can be won and the girls are most deserving, competing at the top levels in their field. Congratulations! See the full list of winners below;
Nick Wright: Volleyball (Special Recognition Award)
Nick Wright, was the recognised for his commitment to the University of Ulster, Jordanstown’s Volleyball teams. Nick has been managing and involved with the club for the past 18 years. UUJ became the first team ever from the UK or Ireland to make it through to the second round of the Top Teams Cup, they have won the All-Ireland Premier League, the NI League and the NI Cup on several occasions.
John Farrell: Jordanstown GAA President (Special Recognition Award)
John Farrell was the recipient of a special recognition award for his role as President of the Jordanstown GAA club. John has dedicated 35 years to the club and is stepping down. The club would not be where it is today without him.
Adrian McGuckin: Jordanstown GAA Coach (Special Recognition Award)
Adrian McGuckin manager of the Jordanstown GAA team was awarded a Special Recognition Award. He is stepping down after 17 seasons and since joining in 1998 he has coached many winning teams to include 2 Sigersons, 4 Ryan Cups and numerous intermediate and fresher’s titles.
Fresher of the year Magee: Ciara McGurk – ladies Gaelic football
Ciara McGurk a first year Physical Activity, exercise and health student in Magee won this award for her commitment to the ladies Gaelic team and her stand out performances over the academic year.
Fresher of the year Coleraine: Catherine Hamilton
Catherine Hamilton, a first year Optometry student picked up the award for her dedication and enthusiasm to her Gaelic, netball and women’s rugby sports clubs.
Fresher of the year Jordanstown: Rachel Smyth – Swimming
Rachel Smyth a Sports Theory and Practice student picked up the award for her dedication to the swimming club and her amazing achievements throughout the year. Rachel won gold at varsities, represented at Student Celtic Nations and received Full Colours in their first year.
Hurst Trophy:Coleraine Soccer team
The soccer boys won the Hurst Trophy at the University of Ulster Sports Union team won their intervarsity title for the second year in a row.
Bill Clarke Team of the Year: Jordanstown Men’s Gaelic
Jordanstown Gaelic team were were the winners of the Ryan Cup and reached the final of the Sigerson.
Coach of the year: Adrian McGuckin & Barney McAleenan – Men’s Gaelic
Adrian McGuckin and Barney McAleenan managers of the Jordanstown GAA team were awarded the ‘Coach of the Year award’. They steered the Jordanstown boys to win the Ryan Cup and also reach the Sigerson final. These winners coach 3 teams within the club, combining a total of 22 years between them, they drove the club to All-Ireland League and All-Ireland varsity finals for only the 4th time in the clubs 40 year history.
Chris Lundy: Chris Elliott – Rugby
Chris Elliott was awarded the Chris Lundy Award for his role in the Rugby team.
Carson Clarke: Ruth Neill – Basketball
Ruth Neill from Belfast, a third year Sport & Exercise student was the recipient of the Carson Clarke Award, for her outstanding sports administration to the Basketball club.
Jim Allen Award: UUJ Ladies Basketball
The UUJ Ladies basketball team were winners of the ‘B’ Division at Irish Intervarsity’s in Dublin. The team included players from the Inspire project; Britney Waters and Kerri Sheilds.
Sports Union Club of the Year: Ulster Elks Hockey Club
The Ulster Elks hockey club has a strong link with community engagement, running 7 junior teams. Having qualified for next year’s Irish League, having a team promoted for the 6th year in a row, producing players selected for Ulster U21’s, Irish Universities and Irish U21 and now even having their own branded equipment.
Sports Union Team of the year: UU Golf & UUJ Men’s basketball
The University of Ulster Golf team retained the Irish Intervarsity title and won their 3rd British Invitational Championship this year.
The UUJ Mens Basketball team have had an exceptional season winning Premier League Division 1 Champions, Premier League Cup Champions, winning the Northern Conference Division 1, overall winning the College League, bringing home the Irish Intervarsity title, 7 team members playing in an NIU team, 2 players selected for intervarsity all-star awards.
Silver Salver: Amy Foster: Athletics
Amy Foster from Lisburn a final year Sport, Exercise and Leisure student at Jordanstown, was awarded the Silver Salver, the most prestigious accolade for the most outstanding sports person in Jordanstown and Belfast for her achievements in Athletics. Amy who is part of the City of Lisburn club, holds the 100m and 200m Northern Irish records and equalled Irish records, she has qualifying times for European Championships and Commonwealth Games, and not to mention her 5th positioning at the World University Games in Russia last summer.
Presidents Plate: Paula Grant: Golf
Paula Grant from Lisburn, a second year optometry student in Coleraine won the Presidents Plate for the second year in a row. This award is for the most outstanding sports person in Coleraine and Magee. Paula lives and plays golf for Lisburn. She was the Royal & Ancient Scholars Winner for the 2nd time and has represented Ireland at full Irish International level, with Great Britain and Irish teams and was been a member of the European Championship Team. Paula was named the best Irish Amateur and achieved ladies World Golf Ranking in 2013/2014 from being placed top in championship tournaments throughout the season.