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Jackie joins Sporting Hall of Fame!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Jackie joins Sporting Hall of Fame! thumbnailOlympic hockey player Jackie McWilliams, who was selected to enter the Sporting Hall of Fame, with Mid and East Antrim Mayor Audrey Wales. GB0940DP56

JACKIE McWilliams has been inducted into the Mid and East Antrim Sporting Hall of Fame!
The former hockey star, who played 64 times for Ireland and 34 times for GB, received a standing ovation and warm applause as she went on stage to receive her ward from Mid and East Antrim Mayor, Cllr. Audrey Wales.
Host, tv personality Claire McCollum, speaking at the Mid and East Antrim Council Sports Awards evening, said the Hall of Fame was established to honour outstanding sportspersons, living of deceased, who have gained prominence in, and made a substantial contribution to sport.
Jackie and her proud husband Paul, along with the large turnout at the Awards Evening, watched a DVD featuring a brief look at her playing career.
Jackie started playing hockey at the age of nine - and up until six years ago was still playing!
She got her first international cap at the age of 19, played for Ireland until she was 25 and then became part of the GB set-up.
Jackie won bronze with GB in the Olympic Games in Barcelona back in 1992.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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