A very successful Sport Lisburn Awards evening was held on 14th October 2011 at Lisburn Civic Centre. This evening celebrates individual and team sports success from across the borough and is an event where all the sporting dignitaries, coaches, council members, Sport Lisburn members and players get to meet and celebrate with each other and learn about other sports within the Lisburn area. Graham Little was the compere for the evening and special guests included Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish International Hockey player and Cricketer who won an Olympic Gold Medal and Dr Janet Gray, a blind water skier who has shown incredible courage to her sport.
Our very own team from Lisburn saw Bethany Carson win Lisburn Senior Sports Personality of the Year 2011. This has been long deserved for Bethany who went to the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the World Student Games in China in August of this year. Bethany is currently training in Dublin full time with the intention of qualifying for next year’s London 2012 Olympics and the Club wish her every success for this.
The Senior Girls Relay team of Bethany Carson, Rachel Smyth, Jemma Bingham and Sarah O’Callaghan finished 3rd in their category of Lisburn Senior Team of the Year 2011. Unfortunately Sarah was unable to attend the evening due to another committment and missed out on the celebrations.
Natasha Pollock and Peter Sands both received bursaries and Natasha finished 3rd in her category of Lisburn Junior Sports Personality of the Year 2011.
Although not at the event as part of Lisburn City Swimming Club, the Friends Prep relay team consisting of Cameron Loan, Robbie Johnston, Charlie Kenny and Jack Harte deserve a special mention. They are all Club swimmers coached by our very own Mark McGrann. The boys won their category of Lisburn Junior Team of the Year 2011 – Schools, after winning gold and silver in both the Ulster and Irish Minor Schools Swimming Gala.
A big well done and congratulations to everyone.