Honours Blazers 2018

Congratulations to a number of Grosvenor pupils whose impressive achievements in a range of sporting endeavours were recognised at the School’s first Honours Assembly of the year, held in the William Moles Hall on the morning of Thursday 18th October.

Amongst a number of honours recipients were seven pupils whose elite sporting performances over the past twelve months helped to secure them the highest recognition available through the Grosvenor honours system – that of a Green Honours Blazer.

In the track and field arena blazers were awarded to Adam Sykes, Year Twelve, and Stephen Wright, Year Thirteen, following a series of impressive recent performances. In Adam’s case he is the current Northern Ireland Under 17 champion in the 200 metres event, while he was also recently selected to represent Northern Ireland at the highly prestigious UK School Games, held in Loughborough in August 2018, where he placed fourth at both 200 and 400 metres. For Stephen, meanwhile, his recognition came following a fantastic summer, during which time he enjoyed success in the both the Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships, before also earning selection for the UK School Games, where he placed a highly respectable fifth in the 800 metres.

In boys’ hockey blazers were awarded to Matthew Vincent and Andrew Hagen, both Year Thirteen. In the case of both boys their recognition comes following selection onto the Ulster Under 17 Squad to play in a three-match series against England at Lilleshall, one of the UK’s most prestigious National Sports Centres, followed by further selection to participate in a three match series against Wales in Belfast. Both boys performed incredibly well throughout all six of these matches, despite the high standard of play to which they were exposed, and, in Andrew’s case, a memorable goal in the first of these matches - a 5-1 win over England – was confirmation of just how at home he was in such an environment.

In rugby, meanwhile, receipt of an Honours Blazer for James McMaster, Year Fourteen, comes following his participation as a member of the Ulster Under 17 training squad, followed by selection onto the Ulster Under 18 Schools’ squad, as a member of which he participated in four matches at the renowned ‘Interprovincial Festival’, held at the University of Limerick, following his selection in the hotly-contested position of tight-head prop.

Elsewhere footballer Sasha Clare, Year Twelve, attained recognition after being selected to play in defence for the Northern Ireland Under 19 ladies team over the summer; her participation as a member of this squad saw her travel to Estonia as one of the youngest members of the squad, where a particular highlight was her prominent role in an impressive 2-0 victory over the hosts, in the first match of the tour.

Last but not least Holly Brannigan, Year Fourteen, was selected to play in the Ulster Under 18 rugby team at their annual Interprovincial tournament, in which the team impressively finished second overall. In August 2018, meanwhile, Holly was further selected for the Ulster Senior women’s squad, playing in two friendly matches against Connaught and Munster.

Well done to all of Grosvenor’s sensational seven, whose elite sporting performances have been a credit to both themselves and the School over the past year; hopefully Thursday’s Honours Assembly will have acted as inspiration for other members of the School’s pupil body to maximise their potential and, hopefully, emulate the achievements of the School’s current crop of blazer recipient come the awarding of further honours later in the year.    

Grosvenor pupils (from left to right): Stephen Wright, Sasha Clare, Matthew Vincent, James McMaster, Holly Brannigan, Adam Sykes and Andrew Hagen, pictured alongside Dr. Vasey, each of whose outstanding sporting achievements were recongised at the School's first Honours Assembly of the year.