Former Ballyclare High pupil is World Cup silver medalist

Ireland's Nicola Daly, Zoe Wilson, Anna O'Flanagan and Megan Frazer celebrate with their silver medals.  Mandatory Credit INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Ireland's Nicola Daly, Zoe Wilson, Anna O'Flanagan and Megan Frazer celebrate with their silver medals. Mandatory Credit INPHO/Morgan Treacy

A former Ballyclare High School pupil has added a World Cup silver medal to her list of sporting achievements.

Zoe Wilson was part of the Ireland women's hockey squad who reached Sunday's final against the Netherlands.

And although the team lost 6-0 to a stronger Dutch side, supporters couldn't be prouder of the 'Green Army' following their heroic wins over India and Spain in the earlier stages of the tournament.

Belfast Harlequins HC player Zoe has been honing her skills in the sport since she was nine years old.

In 2012, at the age of 14, she scored the winning goal for Ballyclare High in the Ulster Schools Senior Cup.

"Massive well done to Lizzie [Colvin], Zoe and the team from everyone at Belfast Harlequins," the club wrote on Facebook.

A post on community page Love Ballyclare added: "Congratulations Zoe Wilson, World Cup Silver Medalist. Well deserved."

Highlighting the team's achivements was Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Michael. “I am extremely delighted for the Ireland hockey team and their success at the World Cup over the weekend. I am very proud of their achievement and in particular Zoe Wilson, who is a resident of our borough," he said.

"It is fantastic to see her competing at such a high level with the added bonus of reaching the final of a world competition. As Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, I would like to congratulate Zoe on behalf of the council and wish her all the best in her future sporting career.”