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14/06/2016 14:43
NIR Volleyball stars honoured at Awards Gala
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 14, 2016. Northern Ireland’s Volleyball family celebrated this past weekend their annual Awards Gala in Dunadry Inn Antrim which was hosted by NIVA President Irena Mihneva, along with her Directors Grainne LeFevre and Jonathan McClenaghan.

The first ever NIVA season women’s All Stars (pictured from left) include Lisa Clare Parry (QUB), Stefania Bianchini (QUB), Joanna Aska McCrory (PVC), Christina Verdirame (QUB), Claire Dowey (Aztecs) and Sylwia Kaska Kowalczyk (PVC).

The men’s All Stars are: Matt Wisniewski (QUB), Jeff Scott (Blaze), Mark Fulton (Raiders), Jonathan Workman (Blaze), Peter Stewart (Raiders) and Alan McKnight (QUB).

Father and daughter were also honoured: Gerry and Yana Ford of Queen’s University Belfast (pictured) were presented the awards for the Coach and Young Player of the Year respectively, the Craigavon Aztecs were awarded Club of the Year and their inspirational mentor Paul McIlwaine received the inaugural Patrick Murphy Award for Outstanding Contribution to NIR Volleyball.



The complete list of this year’s awardees reads as follows:

Coach: Gerry Ford (QUB)
Youth Coach: Ian Walker (Blaze)
Young Player: Yana Ford (QUB)
Beach: Grainne LeFevre (QUB), Alan Workman & Alan McKnight (Blaze)
Club of the Year: Craigavon Aztecs
Patrick Murphy Award for Outstanding Contribution to NIR Volleyball: Paul McIlwaine (Craigavon Aztecs).

Sponsors: Queen’s University Belfast QUB Sport, University of Ulster, ERREA, boojum, Lavery’s, Arches Health, 4Star Pizza.

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