Ross Stevenson, a Year 10 pupil at Cullybackey College, was recently shortlisted for the School Sports Awards, at the Mid and East Antrim Annual Sports Awards, held at the Tullyglass House Hotel. This was a tremendous achievement for Ross and despite not winning the overall award, he can be very proud of his achievement.
Ross put in an unbeatable performance during the 2018 schools’ athletics season, collecting numerous gold medals at every level in both the 100m and 200m sprint events.
A sprinter with a bright future.
In the words of the All-Ireland commentary – “The fastest kid in Ireland”!
- NEBBSA Gold 100m
- NEBSSA Gold 200m
- Ulster District Gold 100m
- Ulster District Bronze 200m
- Ulster Championships Gold 100m
- Ulster Championships 5th place 200m
- Irish Schools’ Championship
Ross, a member of Antrim and Ballymena Athletics clubs, first came to promise during the 2018 North Eastern Board Secondary Schools’ Association Athletics event, sprinting to gold medals in both events. This allowed Ross to warm up for the Ulster Schools’ District Athletics, where he picked up Gold in the 100m and Bronze in the 200m event. With qualification for the Ulster Schools’ Championship assured, Ross pushed on and gallantly collected a terrific Gold medal in the Minor Boys event, followed by 5th place in the 200m.
Ross then defied all odds this year to become Irish 100m champion, the first ever in the history of Cullybackey College. His Ulster Schools 100m performance earned him a spot a the the All-Ireland Schools’ Championship in Tullamore at the start of June, where he put in a mammoth performance to claim Gold with a time of 12.03 seconds, beating top athletes from across the country to do so.
Ross is a gentleman in school and deserves the success he has achieved. Ross was presented by Cullybackey College PE Department with a framed collage of his achievements, as well as a Silver Salvor which takes pride of place in his home.
Mr Richard Cowan (Head of Boys’ PE) commented on Ross’ achievements;
“Ross performed admirably in athletics last season. He put in outstanding performances at Ulster and Irish level and we look forward to seeing his continued rise to prominence in the near future. He has shown determination and commitment beyond his years and is a real credit to himself and his family. With continued hard work on and off the track there is no doubting his future in the sprinting world. He was an obvious choice for our School Sports’ Personality of the Year for 2018. All staff and pupils look forward to seeing what he can achieve in the new 2019 season”.