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Options Announces Sponsorship of Queen’s Rowing Clubs

Pictured left to right: Leah Murphy, Technical Support Engineer, Options Technology; James McDaid Men’s Rowing Captain; Karl Oakes, Head of Sport and Physical Wellbeing; Colleen Murray, Global Marketing, Options Technology; Helen Carrick, Assistant Director of Philanthropy; Sam McCormick, Women’s Rowing Captain; Liam Fegan, Belfast Support Team Lead, Options Technology.

Options Technology, the leading provider of cloud-enabled managed services to the global capital markets, will become the new sponsor of the Queen's University Belfast Rowing Clubs.

The partnership will see Options support Queen's Rowing, in their pursuit of success on the global stage. In May 2022, QUB Rowing finished 3rd in the overall standings after picking up twenty medals at BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) which marked the team’s highest performance at the prestigious tournament. John Armstrong, Head Rowing Coach received the accolade of BUCS Coach of the Year in recognition of this performance and the success of Queen’s Rowing at national and international level.

Options Technology already shares close ties to Queen’s Rowing, with world class rower Ryan Ballantyne and former Men’s Captain Dominic Murtagh both part of the team at Options.

“We are delighted to support Queen’s Rowing and to invest in the future of the club,” said Danny Moore, President and CEO of Options Technology. “As a Queen's alumnus, I am particularly proud to see Options giving back to the institution that provided me and so many others with the foundation for a career on the global stage. We are honoured to support and promote the next generation of leadership and elite sports at the university and we believe our sponsorship will help carry the torch for the continued prosperity and development of talent in the region and beyond.”

Samantha McCormick, Queen’s Rowing Club Women’s Captain, said “We are delighted to welcome and partner with Options for the upcoming 2023 season and beyond. Their sponsorship will support the club to travel further than ever before, from training camps to prestigious world-wide tournaments, contribute to the supply of new equipment and together we can continue to showcase and develop the club’s performance on the global stage."

Karl Oakes, Head of Sport and Physical Wellbeing at Queen’s said: “Queen’s Sport seeks to maximise the academic and sporting potential of our students and there is a clear synergy with the values and aspirations of Options Technology which already provides global opportunities for many Queen’s graduates. This sponsorship will allow us to continue to invest in our students and in Queen’s Rowing and provide the best possible development opportunities for them.”