Sport is a very important part of life in Ulster. Although it has, in the past, been a cause of division, the achievements of Ulster's players and teams rank among the very best in the world and their exploits and achievements have stood the test of time.
Over the years we have been enriched by the magic of George Best during his lifetime, the wizardry of Jack Kyle on the rugby field, the elation of Mary Peters winning her gold medal at the Munich Olympics, the euphoria of the Ulster teams winning the Sam Maguire Cup and the courage of blind athlete Janet Gray in water skiing.
During the last 12 months Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy have performed at the very top of their sport individually and in the Ryder Cup and have inspired and excited world wide audiences, not forgetting the exploits of our gold and silver medal winning amateur boxers at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.
Recently Wendy Houvenaghel has added another 2 Gold medals at Manchester and the Netherlands to her victories in 2009 and 2010. She already has a silver medal from the Beijing Olympics.
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