Ulster students, staff and graduates head to Gold Coast 2018

At the announcement of Team NI for the XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia was Dame Mary Peters, Patron of Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council along with representatives including athletes and coaches from Team NI.

On 3rd January 2018, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council unveiled their 88-strong team across 13 sports, which includes 26 Ulster University students, staff and graduates.

Ulster University has a well-deserved reputation for sporting excellence. The sports centres at the Jordanstown and Coleraine campuses provide unparalleled facilities and expertise that enable athletes to unlock their sporting potential. Many of Northern Ireland’s elite teams make regular use of the world class facilities to help attain performance goals across a wide range of sports and these will continue to be used daily as training camps for boxing, netball and other sports prior to the commencement of the Commonwealth Games.

Dr Nigel Dobson, Acting Director of Campus Life, said:

“We would like to congratulate the 26 Ulster University students, staff and graduates who have been named in Team NI for this year’s Commonwealth Games. The participation of so many athletes and support staff in Team NI for this year’s Games reaffirms our well-deserved reputation for sport and for enabling talented athletes to rise to the top and to stay there.

"The involvement of so many people in the games, with links to the university, is a testament to the fact that we are recognised as a leading university for sport across our teaching and learning, research and competitive participation and I would like to send the team all our best wishes from Ulster!”