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Local star Ronan McKeever has received a Greg Turley Bursary Award. Currently ranked number three in Ulster in the Under-18 boy’s category, Ronan is committed to pursuing his interest in tennis.
The Greg Turley Bursary Awards, administered by the Fermanagh Trust, were set up in memory of the popular and inspirational St Michael’s College teacher. The Awards support young people in the fields of community service, sport, music and drama.
Ronan will use his bursary towards the costs of his intense training routine. Every week of the year apart from Christmas he trains in Irvinestown with the Fermanagh Performance Squad and travels to Belfast every Friday to train with the Ulster College Squad where the best players in Ulster work alongside top coaches. Outside of the court Ronan takes part in a number of cardiovascular and weight training sessions throughout the week all of which helps maintain high performance speed and agility around the court.
Even with his packed schedule Ronan finds time to give back to the community. He volunteers at his local tennis club introducing young people to the game. As part of the Professional Tennis Registry he is able to coach young people for free at a higher level.
Ronan’s aims are to improve his ranking and start representing his country in international tournaments. Long term he hopes to be selected for the Irish Davis Cup Team and compete in the ATP World Tour. Ronan’s coaches have commended him for his commitment and dedication to the sport making him one of the top competitors in the country and an excellent sporting ambassador for Fermanagh.
Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust said “Greg Turley contributed in many ways to the lives of others, so much so that these Awards were established as a way of perpetuating his memory and continuing his work of helping others in a practical way. Ronan already has a proven track record as a talented tennis player and we hope this funding will help support his future ambitions.”
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