Paula Magill, who has been appointed as the new President at Lurgan Rugby Football and Cricket Club
A Waringstown woman insists she feels 'very proud' to be elected as the first female President of Lurgan Rugby Football and Cricket Club.
Paula Magill, who works as a Civil Servant, had her new historic role confirmed earlier this week.
In an exclusive interview with Your Lurgan, the talented singer also expressed her pride at how the club have 'progressed and welcomed change' in recent years.
She said: "I am extremely proud to have been elected to the position of President, it really is an honour to be asked to represent the Club at such a level.
"The club was formed in 1880 and I am the first female to take on the role of President. I am really proud to have made history in this sense, but I am also very proud of my Club. All the members are progressive and welcome change. We have many formidable women involved through all levels of our Club.
"Recently we started a Women’s Senior team for which we are continuing a recruitment campaign to welcome many more on board, so for anyone out there who would like to give it a go – you are more than welcome at Lurgan.
"We also have a Youth Girls team who range in age from 9 to 16 years old. I am excited by what all these wonderful young women will bring to our Club over the years ahead."
Paula - who joined Lurgan sixteen years ago - highlighted the dedication of the members who put their 'hands on deck' to make sure the club keeps functioning.
"I have been primarily involved in the Rugby Section, and over the years, I have taken on many roles," she continued.
"However, I also enjoy going along to spectate at the odd cricket match over the summer.
"Everyone at Lurgan is dedicated to the Club and it often comes down to a case of all hands on deck to help out. The last 18 months throughout the pandemic has been terrible, and something we could never have envisaged.
"I think everyone has realised what a vital role sport plays in our lives and it is wonderful to see everyone back on the field.
"I joined Lurgan in 2005 as I had a keen interest in rugby and it was my local Club, I have had various roles throughout the years but I never imagined back then that I would go on to be President.
"I would like to thank everyone at Lurgan RF&CC for their support and encouragement I am really looking forward to my year as President."