Keen rugby protégé, Zac McCall from Lisburn, has been awarded the Rainbow Communications Sports Award from the Mary Peters Trust.
Together with the support of Northern Ireland’s largest independent telecoms provider, the Trust deliver bursaries to financially aid the promising sports stars of the future.
Zac started his rugby career at the early age of 10 at the Lisburn Mini Rugby Club before continuing to play during his studies at Wallace School in Lisburn. His supportive family have always championed the sport and his commitment to it, with his older brothers regularly playing with him throughout his childhood.
Zac spoke of the importance of the sport and the support of the Trust:
“Rugby has always been a big part of my upbringing, my whole family and especially my brothers and I were, and are, always playing or watching it on TV.
“The sport is physically demanding but mixed with the raw emotion, it is hard to beat. The feeling is awesome! The funding will help with the costs of travelling to competitions or training, aiding my nutritional needs for building strength and for buying any new equipment or kit.”
Zac’s passion and successes have earnt him this funding which will financially aid his rugby career as it continues to grow. Zac has a wide range of experience in the sport, previously playing for Ireland’s Under 20 squad at the Six Nations and Junior World Cup in addition to several appearances on the Ulster A Team.
Stuart Carson of Rainbow Communications, said:
“Zac has shown both enthusiasm and determination to become the best at his sport, I have no doubt that this is something that he can achieve.
“We are extremely proud to support these driven, passionate and committed sport stars of the future, enabling them to focus on their goals and strive for greatness.”
Zac trains daily, and is currently playing for Ballynahinch Rugby Club in the All Ireland League. Zac has the ambition of playing full time for the Ulster A Squad and representing the team in both the British and Irish Cups and at international competitions.
Dame Mary Peters said:
“I am grateful for the continued support that Rainbow Communications gives to the Trust, and in turn our young athletes. Our sponsors enable us to provide the support that the next generation of athletes need for developing their career path and prospects.
“We all take magnificent pleasure in watching these athletes become the best that they can be, and are looking forward to see Zac progress and accomplish his goals”.
To find out how you can apply for the award, visit www.marypeterstrust.org.