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Rachel Hunter enjoys scenery in Northern Ireland as son triumphs on ice

By Stuart McKinley

Former supermodel Rachel Hunter is enjoying the Northern Irish scenery — and not just that around Belfast’s SSE Arena.

The ex-wife of rock legend Sir Rod Stewart is in town to watch the couple’s 22-year-old son Liam, who is representing Great Britain in their ice hockey World Championship tournament.

She was rink-side last night as GB maintained their 100% start to the tournament with a 5-2 win over Lithuania.

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But while the 47-year-old New Zealand-born star has been spending her nights inside, she has been out and about across the country by day.

Earlier in the week Rachel tweeted a picture of herself beside the picturesque Scrabo Tower before a coastal shot was posted yesterday accompanied by the words ‘Loving this country’.

Yesterday she posted another sightseeing snap of the spectacular coastal path to the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge in Ballintoy, Co Antrim.

She is expected to stay in Belfast until the weekend as Liam and his team-mates have two more games, against the Netherlands tomorrow and Japan on Saturday.

Liam has been under scrutiny for more than his ice hockey skills this week. After GB’s win over Estonia on Monday night the national anthem struck up — and given who his famous father is the TV cameras homed in on him just to check he knew the words.

“I’ve learned them a little bit now, but that was embarrassing,” said Stewart who grew up in the United States.

“Hopefully we’ll keep hearing it after every game here and I’ll have them perfect by the end of the week.”

Thankfully Liam and the rest of the team have been hitting the high notes as they target the gold medal.

Footage of Sir Rod celebrating Liam’s goal against Estonia gained the team national TV coverage too, as well as being picked up across the Atlantic in the USA.

Posting a video of his excited reaction on social media, the multi-million selling rock star commented: “My boy Liam scoring his first international goal! It brought a tear to my eye, so proud!”

Speaking last week, his son admitted that despite his famous dad’s pride about his skills on the ice his devotion to Celtic football club would always come first. He was at Hampden Park for the Hoops’ Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final win over Rangers on Sunday.

“I know he was enjoying that Celtic game and they came out with a big win,” said Coventry Blaze forward Liam.

“Given the choice he’s always going to pick Celtic first, and I can’t blame him for that, but I’ve converted him to ice hockey a little bit.”

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