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Guinness backs Sports Excellence at UU

25th November 1997

Sixteen outstanding young athletes have been selected for awards under the University's Sports Scholarships Scheme, which is supported by Guinness. The 80,000 4-year programme is now in its second year. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday.

The award winners span 12 different sports and include one World Junior Medallist, one Great Britain and one All Ireland Junior Champion, eight Irish and two Northern Ireland sporting internationals.

The scholarships will provide financial help to offset travel expenses incurred in training and competition, the purchase of specialist equipment and clothing, entrance fees etc., University support services, including fitness testing, nutritional and biomedical advice and sports psychology.

Guinness Sales and Marketing Director, Ken Morrison, said: "We at Guinness are proud of our longstanding commitment to a wide variety of sport in Northern Ireland and take particular pleasure in helping such talented athletes achieve the highest standards of sporting excellence. Their equal dedication to the demands of academia is something which requires immense self discipline. These are the people who will ensure that Northern Ireland's outstanding reputation in industry as well as on the sporting field will grow ever stronger into the next century."

"This has been a very successful programme, and we are happy to work with Guinness to build the pool of sporting excellence in Northern Ireland," said Malcolm Brown, Director of Sport and Recreation, University of Ulster.

Recipients of Sports Scholarships 1997/98

Vicki Jamison
, from Newtownards, World Junior Silver medallist, Great Britain U23 International, British Universities Champion.
Brian O'Donnell, from Letterkenny, Irish Senior International, Ulster record holder 5000m. Ulster record holder 20KM.
Badminton Claire Henderson, from Lisburn, Irish Senior International, Commonwealth Games player.
Trevor Smullen
, from Ballymahon, Co Longford, Irish Junior International, Irish Junior Player of Year, Irish Universities gold medallist, British Universities silver medallist.
Catriona Higgins
, from Martinstown, Ballymena, Senior Ulster player, All Ireland Junior Championship winner with Antrim, 3 Ashbourne Cup gold medals, 4 All Ireland Universities League gold medals.
Kyle McCallan
, from Newtownabbey, Irish Senior International, played in ICC Trophy, Kuala Lumpur, Benson & Hedges Trophy v Middlesex, NatWest Trophy v Yorkshire, played for Ireland v Australia.Andrew Patterson, from Newtownabbey, Irish Senior International, played in ICC Trophy, Kuala Lumpur, played for Ireland v Australia, Mauritius Cup gold medal (hockey).
Mark Irwin
, from Castlereagh, Belfast, Irish Senior International, 2 Mauritius Cup gold medals.
Clarke Kennedy, from Newtownbreda, Belfast, Ireland U21 International, Mauritius Cup gold medal, NI Universities team in British Universities Games.
Emma Walker
, from Knock, Belfast, First Dan, Northern Ireland champion 66kgs, Northern Ireland Open Champion, Northern Ireland International.
Patricia Keating
, from Newcastle, Northern Ireland Senior International, gold medal winner in Irish Universities, gold medal winner in British Universities.
Jamie Burke<\b>, from Glengormley, Great Britain Junior International, British Universities champion, NI record holder in 75kg category.
Diane Simms
, from Cherryvalley, Belfast, Irish champion 400m freestyle, Ulster champion 200m, 400m, 800m freestyle, Irish Universities champion, British Universities silver medallist, Commonwealth Games panel.
Louise Robinson, from Portstewart, Irish No2 50m breaststroke, Irish No2 100m breaststroke, Irish Senior elite squad, Commonwealth Games panel.
Table Tennis
Andrea Glover
, from Downpatrick, Irish Senior International, ranked No 2 in Ireland.
Aidan McMahon
, from Belfast, Irish Junior International (21 caps), Irish Senior team panel.

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