Ulster Call Up for Josh!
Ulster call-up for Joshua
Joshua Courtney, a Year 12 pupil at Dunclug College, continues his meteoric rise on the athletics track this season, with a call-up now to represent Ulster in the forthcoming Inter-provincial games at Santry, Dublin later this month. His selection was confirmed after competing in the All-Ireland Schools’ Championship last weekend, where he finished a highly credible 7th in the Intermediate Boys’ 800m event in a time of 2:03:88, a performance which was good enough to secure his qualification and earn an Ulster vest. Joshua is a member of Ballymena and Antrim Athletics club and is currently being coached by Eddie King, a former international runner himself. Joshua’s selection comes hot on the heels of winning the 800m District title for Intermediate Boys’ and a third place finish, in the same event, at the recent Ulster Schools’ Track and Field Championships.
Photo Credit: Keith McClure
Past Pupil Success
Robert Hamilton, 21 years of age, who is now self-employed following his apprenticeship at Northern Regional College, through employer Rodney Turtle, is aiming to represent the UK in Carpentry at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. Billed as the toughest skills competition in the world, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi will see over 1000 apprentices and students from 70 countries come together to compete to be named the top carpenter in the world. Robert will take part in a four day selection competition from 29 March to 1 April at Stockport College in Manchester where he will compete against other apprentices from across the UK to win a coveted place in Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Robert’s lecturer, Trevor Kernohan said, “Robert has worked diligently to get to this stage and fully deserves all his success to date. He is an inspiration to any young lad wanting to follow a career in carpentry and the hope is that Robert’s own dream will be fulfilled by getting to the finals.”
Robert was selected to compete for a place in Team UK after being invited to join the WorldSkills UK International Training and Development Programme having excelled in the WorldSkills UK Competitions, the finals of which are held at The Skills Show.
Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Representing your country on the world stage is no easy feat. It takes hard work, determination and
the highest level of skill. Robert has demonstrated all of these attributes and many more and I wish them the best of luck as they compete for a place in Team UK.
“Participation in the international WorldSkills Competition enables the UK to benchmark apprenticeship standards in this country with those around the world. It also provides us with a global platform to promote how skilled we are as a trading nation, helping the UK secure its future global competitiveness.”
Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be announced on 21 April.
Full Attendance Prize Winners
All pupils who achieved 100% attendance from January 2017 were entered into a prize draw to win either a bicycle (kindly sponsored by the Bicycle Shack, Portglenone) or a weekend glamping experience (kindly donated by the JungleNI). The lucky winners were drawn during Summer Merit Assembly and Holly McIlroy (Year 11) won the bicycle, with David McDonald (Year 10) winning the glamping experience! Well Done!!!