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Queen's aces ready to pass test in Shanghai

By Robert Jones

Published 10/09/2015

All-Ireland winner and Queen's GAA Development Officer Aidan O'Rourke
All-Ireland winner and Queen's GAA Development Officer Aidan O'Rourke

Queen's will become the first Northern Ireland university to target success at the 20th FEXCO Asian Games in Shanghai next month.

The party of staff and international students hope to make a big impact at the largest Gaelic Games tournament outside of Ireland when the action gets under way on October 23.

University College Dublin competed in China last year but this is the first time a Northern Ireland delegation has supported the event.

The project is supported by Queen's University Sport, the Queen's Annual Fund, Motiv8, Queen's International Office and Invest NI.

All-Ireland winner and Queen's GAA Development Officer Aidan O'Rourke is coaching the team along with current Armagh and Queen's players Fionnuala McKenna and Caroline O'Hanlon.

O'Rourke said: "Working with the students has been a pleasure over the past few months.

"I've been involved in many teams over the years but I have to say these students have embraced the competitive and team ethos associated with the game more than most.

"Considering the language barriers and the fact they are new to the sport, their skill levels have dramatically improved as a result of their application and the strong bond they have built with each other."

Teams participating from 23 clubs representing 13 countries across Asia, will battle it out at the Shanghai Community Sports Club.

The Queen's team represents seven different nationalities (China, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Portugal, Iran, and Germany) and, in partnership with Queen's International Recruitment, will act as ambassadors during a number of scheduled visits to schools and universities in Shanghai.

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