The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett, hosted a reception at Lagan Valley Island on Friday 29thJune to welcome hockey teams to Lisburn on the eve of the Celtic Cup Tournament. Also in attendance was the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton. This was run and organised at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club.
Pictured at Lisburn City Council's Reception are (l-r) Mr Ian MacDonnell, Lisnagarvey Hockey Club; Mr Cees Sluyk, Celtic Cup Tournament Director; Mr John Wright; South African Hockey Team; Ms Susie Elms, Scottish Hockey Team; Mr Jim Rose, Director of Leisure Services; Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton; Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett; Mr Moabi Malebye, South African Hockey Team; Mr Dennis Millar, Chairman of the Irish Hockey Association; Mrs Dorothy Hull, Irish Hockey Association; Mr Nick Harness, Sports Council, Northern Ireland; Miss Kate Temple-Jones and Mr P.J. Van Roojen; South African Hockey Team.
The reception included players from the Olympic Hockey Team from South Africa, Scottish competitors, the Irish Hockey Association, Sport Northern Ireland, Celtic Cup Tournament representatives and Lisnagarvey Hockey Club.
The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Margaret Tolerton, extended a warm welcome to all the guests and wished the South African competitors, who would be going on to London to play in the Olympic Games, the very best of luck. Councillor Thomas Beckett also spoke at the reception and with the Deputy Mayor presented Council plaques to the representatives.
“Lisburn City Council was recently awarded the honour of being European City of Sport 2013. The standard of the sporting clubs, choice of leisure facilities, variety of sport and team spirit and the pursuit of excellence were all factors in achieving the award,” said Cllr Tolerton.
“Today we are honoured to host this reception and wish our South African guests the very best of luck in the Olympic Games.”
The Chairman, Cllr Beckett, said: “Anyone who is at the top of their game, which includes the competitors in the Celtic Cup deserve our utmost praise. I would like to extend my thanks to Lisnagarvey Hockey Club for its excellent efforts in organising the Celtic Cup with the Irish Hockey Association, and wish the South African Hockey Team great success in the London 2012 Olympic Games.”