Belfast Telegraph

Top teen Hannah earns pot of gold

By Sinead Haughey

A 14-year-old south Belfast schoolgirl, ranked the Number 1 teen in Northern Ireland squash, is the latest recipient of a Rainbow Communications Sports Bursary in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.

Hannah Craig earned the award, which recognises up and coming talent across the province, for her outstanding achievements on the squash court.

The awards are backed by Northern Ireland's largest independent business telecoms company, Rainbow Communications.

Hannah, a Year 10 student at Strathearn Grammar, says the bursary will be a great help in achieving her goals.

"I am ranked Number 1 in Northern Ireland at U19 level and Number 2 in Ireland at U15 level as well as winning this year's Leinster Junior Open," she said.

"I've been playing squash for six years and a lot of hard work has gone into the training and preparation which has helped me to compete, and win, against the best in Ireland.

"I have represented Ireland many times, including at the Five Nations in March in France, and at the European Championships in May where I defeated the Spanish Number 1.

"This bursary will help me attend many different competitions and undertake individual coaching. I'm so passionate about the sport and this will allow me to commit myself even further."

Stuart Carson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Rainbow Communications, said: "This is an exciting time for Hannah as squash has just been shortlisted for inclusion at the 2020 Olympics.

"Up to now squash hasn't featured in the Games, but it's testament to the growing popularity and reputation of the sport.

"Hannah is a fantastic ambassador for squash in Northern Ireland and I am delighted that this bursary will help her to achieve even greater things and perhaps even compete in the 2020 Games!"

To find about how you can apply for the bursary, awarded monthly, visit Trust website

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