Sports News

Sports News

We were very fortunate this week to have the world famous Barbarians use our facilities at Osborne and College square in preparation for their match with Ulster. International super stars like Theiry Dusatoir, Robbie Fruean, Chris Madoe, Ian Madigan and Joe Tikori all trained and signed autographs. 

B1 R

B2 R

B3 R

B4 R

B5 R

B6 R

B7 R

B8 R

B9 R

B10 R

B11 R

B12 R

B13 R

B14 R

B15 R

B16 R

B17 R

Three teams competed in the Ulster Schools’ Cup and League Finals on Friday 3 March.  Firstly, well done to the Year 8 team of  Dan Smith, Ben Gray, James Dick, and Darcy Hogg  who played against Wallace HS in the final of the Cup, in a very tightly contested match, which they drew 3-3 in games and 9-9 in sets, winning by 252-233 on count-back to points to claim the Ulster Schools Cup.

Congratulations to the Minor team of Ben Callaghan, Ethan Hance, Ronan McFadden and Peter McFadden who competed in the final of the U14 Division 2 competition, winning a decisive 5-1 victory over Ballyclare HS which qualified them for the Irish Championships.

Congratulations also to the Junior team of Jack Livingstone, Matthew Robb, Matthew Cheung and Josh Armstrong who defeated Wallace HS 4-2 in the Ulster Schools Cup U16 Final and 4-2 in the Division 1 League Final to also qualify them for the Irish Finals.

The Minor and Junior teams both represented Ulster at the Irish Championship in Dublin on Wednesday 8 March. The Minor team finished the U14 All Ireland competition in third place, bringing their season to a very pleasing conclusion. The Junior team competed in the U16 Division 1 tournament, playing teams from Leinster and Munster. They won both matches convincingly by 5-1 to claim the Irish U16 Championship, which is a fantastic achievement.

Many congratulations to all three teams on their remarkable season and to the U16s on their outstanding success in winning all three titles at the Ulster and Irish Championships in the same year!

2017 Ulster Badminton Champions resize

2017 Ulster Badminton Champions

U16 Irish Championship winners resize

U16 Irish Championship Winners

sqaud and cups2 2017 THUMBInst swimming team win the Bath Cup and retain the Otter Medley Cup at the London Aquatic centre.

Last Wednesday the RBAI Rowing Stern Parents hosted a talk and Q&A session with London 2012 Silver-Medal winning rower Richard Chambers.

Richard is originally from Coleraine and has been a mainstay of the GB Rowing lightweight squad since winning a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Munich.  Since then he has appeared at 3 Olympic Games, won another World Championship in the lightweight 4, won countless other medals at World Cups and World Championships and taken home the Silver medal in the lightweight 4 in London 2012.  He was one of the best athletes in the GB lightweight squad for almost a decade and now, stepping away from competing, he will be taking on a new challenge as Assistant Head Coach at Cambridge University Boat Club.

The event was open to all comers and so the venue of Belfast Boat Club was packed out with 75 athletes of all ages and backgrounds eager to hear what separates the best from the rest.  Richard spoke very well about his attitude, his motivation and his perspective on some important aspects of an athlete’s life, such as nutrition and injuries.  A very enjoyable time was had by all who attended the talk and even more by those who stayed around to enjoy a bite to eat and a chance to talk to Richard one-to-one and have a close-up look at an Olympic medal.

A big thank you to all those who came to support the event, but a special mention to Richard for taking the time to journey over to Belfast, Gillian Hetherington for organising such a great evening, Gary Stitt from Sport Education NI for his help and to Belfast Boat Club for allowing us to stage the event there.

IMG 0143 resize

IMG 0147 resize

(Daniel Lowry (yr 13), Harry Hetherington (yr 14, RBAI Rowing Club Captain), Richard Chambers, Michael Gaston (RBAI Rowing Club Coach and Captain 2015-16)


Congratulations to the eight boys in Year 12 and 13 who represented Northern Ireland at the recent UK School Games. The boys selected are as follows Cai Armstrong (swimming), Jack McComb (athletics), Robbie Marrs (athletics), Theo Millar (fencing), Jonathan Beckett (hockey), Matthew Lightbody (badminton), Adam Duff and Cameron McIntyre (cycling).

The boys manage to win 4 medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze, along with other boys achieving personal best performances.

The silver medals were won by Theo Millar in the team fencing competition by defeating Scotland before losing to the favourites England, also Robbie Marrs in the high jump where he achieved a personal best of 1.99 metres.

Bronze medals were won by Jonathan Beckett in Hockey and Matthew Lightbody in Badminton.

In the Hockey Northern Ireland defeated Wales and lost to England white in their group. This placed them in the 3rd/4th play off were they defeated England blue 4-2 to secure bronze. In doing so they became the first team from Northern Ireland to defeat an English team.

In Badminton Matthew defeated two top ranked England players to reach the semi final. Unfortunately he was unable to take part in the semi final due to a long standing shoulder injury and had to settle for Bronze.

The cycling competition will take place next week and we wish the boys further success in this event.

IMG 8190

IMG 8193