Year 1 Health, Physical Activity and Sport student Matthew Nelson is on top of the world! Matthew has recently been selected for the Ireland Men's hockey squad to take part in the World League 2 Series being held at Stormont, Belfast in March 2017. Following their success in the Rio Olympic Games last summer, Ireland men's hockey are now ranked 10th in the world.
Matthew's achievement is even more significant as the first five years of secondary education were at Fort Hill College where he developed core sporting skills playing football and rugby, not hockey. His initial hockey development was through the youth section of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and it was only when he transferred to Wallace High School for Sixth Form that he had the opportunity to play schools hockey and helped the 1st XI lift the Ulster Schools Burney Cup in 2015. Matthew also represented Ulster and Ireland at U18 level. As a result he quickly established himself as a regular member of Lisnagarvey 1st XI hockey club, winning the Irish Hockey League and Champions Trophy in 2016. Over the Easter holidays he will travel with Lisnagarvey to represent Ireland in the European Hockey League KO 16 event.
Being able to combine his passion for sport with a blend of practical and academic elements meant that the Health, Physical Activity and Sport course at Stranmillis was the natural course choice for Matthew.