A primary school pupil from Tyrone has fended off competition from hundreds of fellow pupils across Northern Ireland to take on the role of the first official Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Correspondent.
Hayden Conaty, 11, from McClintock Primary School in Seskinore, is the overall winner of the first-of-its-kind competition run by Ulster Bank, principal sponsor of the Balmoral Show, and the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS).
The 11-year-old’s entry, an exciting and descriptive report about a day-trip to the show, was selected by a panel of judges for its journalistic flare and has won Hayden the opportunity to visit the show with his classmates to produce a special video report documenting the day as the Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Correspondent.
Accompanying Hayden’s entry was a colourful drawing taking in the familiar sights at the show.
In his entry, Hayden took to the role of a journalist from the outset and posed questions to interviewees about their time and experiences at Northern Ireland’s largest agriculture event, showing real promise for what was to come as the first official Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Correspondent.
More than 400 entries were received to the competition and the judges remarked on the calibre of entries submitted, from their engaging written stories and video reports to the variety of artistic styles showcased in the accompanying drawings and paintings.
Speaking about the competition Cormac McKervey, Head of Agriculture in Northern Ireland at Ulster Bank, says:
“We’re thrilled to finally appoint our first-ever official Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Correspondent. This is Ulster Bank’s 10th Balmoral Show as its principal sponsor and it’s a partnership we’re proud of. The Balmoral Show provides us with a platform to demonstrate how we’re continuing to support our local farmers and producers in the agri-industry.
This year we’re delighted to have the support and expertise of our new correspondent, Hayden, who’ll be on-site alongside his classmates to produce a report about the 2018 show which exemplifies the very best of our local food and drink producers and the wider agri-industry. We’re confident Hayden is up to the challenge to document all the sights, sounds and going-on from Northern Ireland’s largest agriculture event.”
Launched in March, the competition called on students in primary and secondary schools across Northern Ireland to describe what they and their classmates would get up to during a day-long trip to the show in May by writing stories, drawing pictures or recording video messages.
As well as producing a video report as the official Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Correspondent and having it used by local media and the Balmoral Show’s digital channels, Hayden also wins an iPad mini and a trip to the Balmoral Show for his class, courtesy of Ulster Bank.
The other finalists, who each win a day out at the show with their class, were:
- P6, St Joseph’s Primary School, Galbally
- Lorcan McGeough, St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh
- Jessica Davidson, Rathfriland High School
For more information, visit www.balmoralshow.co.uk.