A 14-year-old schoolgirl, ranked Number 1 at U19 level in Northern Ireland at squash, has been awarded the highly sought-after Rainbow Communications Sports Bursary in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.
Hannah Craig from south Belfast becomes the latest young sports star to receive the recognition which provides bursaries to up and coming talent across the province.
The athletes are awarded by Northern Ireland’s largest independent business telecoms company, Rainbow Communications.
Hannah Craig, a Year 10 pupil at Strathearn Grammar School, says the bursary will be a great help in achieving her goals:
“I am ranked Number 1 in Northern Ireland at U19 level and Number 2 in Ireland at U15 level, and have just come 1st in the Leinster Junior Open.
“I’ve been playing squash for six years and a lot of hard work has gone into the training and preparation which has helped me to compete, and win, against the best in Ireland.
“I have represented Ireland many times, including at the 5 Nations in March in France, and at the European Championships in May where I beat the Spanish Number 1.
“This bursary will really help me to attend many different competitions and undertake individual coaching.
“I’m so passionate about the sport and this bursary will allow me to commit myself to working hard and giving all that I can.”
A monthly candidate from all recognised sports will be chosen for the Rainbow Communications bursary.
Stuart Carson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Rainbow Communications, said:
“This is an exciting time for Hannah as squash has just been shortlisted for inclusion at the 2020 Olympics.
“Up to now squash hasn’t featured in the Games, but it’s testament to the growing popularity and reputation of the sport.
“Hannah is a fantastic ambassador of squash in Northern Ireland and am delighted that this bursary will help her to achieve even greater things and perhaps even compete in the 2020 Games!”
To find about how you can apply for the bursary, visit www.marypeterstrust.org.
First Published: 14/08/13