A Ballyclare welcome for double World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea
12 December 2016
Jonathan received a huge Ballyclare welcome when he returned home to Sixmile Leisure Centre.
The atmosphere was revving up in Ballyclare today as double World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea returned home for a celebration event.
Organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and hosted by BBC’s Joel Taggart, the celebration event took place at Sixmile Leisure Centre and was attended by more than 400 people. As well as the hundreds of Jonathan Rea fans, guests also included friends, family and former school teachers of Jonathan as well as local school children and business representatives.
Speaking at the event, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott commented; “Jonathan has well and truly put Northern Ireland on the world stage and we are extremely proud to have him as one of Northern Ireland’s sporting ambassadors. There is no doubt that Jonathan is a great role model in the eyes of many and I am sure there are many young people within our Borough who dream of one day standing in Jonathan’s position.”
Councillor Scott continued; “We are extremely privileged that Jonathan has taken the time out of his hectic schedule to allow us to celebrate his outstanding achievements here in his home town of Ballyclare. On behalf of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council I would like to wish Jonathan every success for next season.”
Jonathan was overwhelmed with the reception he received; “I am blown away by the amount of people who have turned out today. I love coming home to Ballyclare and seeing all the familiar faces again. I would like to thank all those who not only came here today but who take the time to travel and support me at my races all over the world.”