Success for Academy pair

Patrick McNiff and Rebekah Nixon
Patrick McNiff and Rebekah Nixon

HUGE congratulations to Banbridge Academy pupils Patrick McNiff in Year 9 and to Rebekah Nixon in Year 10 who both competed in the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships in Jordanstown.

Patrick ran a superb race in the Minor Boys event to finish in silver medal place, a magnificent achievement at Irish Level.

Rebekah also ran very well to finish in 13th place in the Junior Girls race. Both had qualified through from the District championships, with over 100 competitors in each race, to the Ulster’s, again with over 100 qualifying athletes from each district and on to the prestigious Irish championships where only the very best from each provinces are selected to compete.

Patrick’s silver medal is the first Irish schools cross-country medal won by a Banbridge Academy athlete for a considerable time and certainly the first in the last 20 years.