After viewing thousands of extremely impressive entries, Sport Northern Ireland has announced the six winners of the prestigious Giro D’Italia ‘Design a Cycle Jersey’ primary school competition.

The very worthy winners are: Patrick Boyd (10) of Ballyholme Primary School; Joshua Clark (8) of Camphill Primary School; Jonathan Dawson (7) of Knockloughrim Primary School; Holly McNaughton (11) of Glencraig Integrated Primary School; Aoife McTaggart (8) of St. Columba’s Primary School; and Rebekah Needham (9) of Howard Primary School.

See the Winning Designs here.

The winning designs will be used to create custom-made t-shirts for Activ8’s Wildcat mascots, Twist and Bounce, and will be worn during the Giro D’Italia in May.

Faced with the daunting task of choosing among strong and talented contenders, the jersey design judges, Sport Northern Ireland Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown, artist Deepa Mann Kler and elite cyclist Philip Deignan, carefully selected six designs that best represent the spirit of sport, cycling and the Giro d’Italia.

Congratulating the winners, Sport Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive, Antoinette McKeown, said: “We have been incredibly impressed by the number and quality of designs submitted over the past month. We were lucky to have so many designs to choose from and are delighted to have had Deepa and Phillip to help us make this tough decision!

“Having such well-known experts to judge is a great bonus for our Activ8 schools competition and builds on the excitement of Giro, which will bring more than 200 top professional cyclists from across the globe to our doorsteps.”

Artist Deepa Mann Kler said: “The standard and quality of submissions was extremely high, which made judging very difficult. It is wonderful to see such talent and creativity amongst our young people. The finalists should be very proud of themselves!”

Due to the overwhelming number of entries, six student designs will be reproduced rather than two, as originally planned. Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 programme will also send sports day packs to all 71 schools that participated in the competition.

The Giro D’Italia Big Start kicks off in Belfast on 9 May, where many of the world’s elite cyclists will assemble to warm up for the prestigious Italian race with a 3-day cycling journey in Northern Ireland.

Look for other short-listed jersey design entries on Activ8 website (www.activ8ni.net) in weeks to come.