Ulster Honours Sporting Heroes

The University of Ulster Sports Union has hosted its annual Colours Sports Awards at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast. The gala ceremony celebrated and rewarded the achievements of both individual and sporting teams at the University.

The Jordanstown Womens Hockey club picked up the Club of the Year award. The club has had an unbelievably successful year. The Elks 1st XI women’s hockey team have been playing in the Premier League, Ulster Hockey’s top league for the first time since relegation in 2001 and the girls have certainly made their mark in the league.

Hockey Scholar Ciara Magee won the prestigious Jordanstown Silver Salver, which is awarded to the sports-person of the year. Earlier this year, Ciara scored the golden goal to win the ONE 1918 Ulster Shield with the Elks 1st XI. Ciara was also instrumental in the Intervarsity Title win when Ulster hosted the recent Chilean Cup Competition playing in every game. The physiotherapy student has also been selected to represent Irish Universities, NI Universities and Ulster U21s.

Nick Wright the Ulster Elks Volleyball coach picked up the Coach of the year award for his dedicated coaching of the Men’s volleyball team at Jordanstown. The Jordanstown Men’s volleyball team scooped the Jordanstown team of the year award and the four campus team of the year award. The club have had a tremendous year winning the All- Ireland Premier League, a first for the University of Ulster and the first time in a decade a team from Northern Ireland has won the league. This year the team also won the Irish Intervaristies for the fourth time in the last five years.

Magee student Stephen Campbell won the coveted President’s Plate, awarded to sportsperson of the year for Coleraine and Magee campuses. Stephen is a blind Paralympic swimmer for Northern Ireland and will be competing at the World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in August. Stephen is also going to the German Open in Berlin in mid-June and recently competed in the British National Championships in Sheffield in April.


At the IPC European Swimming Championships in October Stephen was entered in five events, he made the final in four events, setting 3 Irish records in the process. The Magee student has been accepted to do a placement year with Microsoft next year, where he will continue to swim.

Coleraine Freshers Soccer Team picked up the prestigious Hurst Trophy and was named team of the year for the Coleraine and Magee campuses. The highlight of their season was winning every single game on their way to lifting the NICAFL Division 2 League trophy.

David Flynn, Sports Union President said: "The Colours sports awards are the pinnacle of our sporting year. The evening celebrates and rewards not only the achievements of both individual and sporting teams at the University but also the hard work in running sporting clubs throughout the year."