'Superfan' support for Belfast Giants

Published Thursday, 12 December 2013
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Professional sports 'superfan' Cameron Hughes is back in Belfast looking for Giants fans to pack the Odyssey this weekend and just go crazy - with a local homeless charity also set to benefit.

Cameron has caused a stir in the stands at everything from NHL games to the Olympics, and even bust some moves with tennis star Novak Djokovic, as he brings his own brand of positivity to sport.

He turned heads at a Belfast Giants game in January, but now he's back and ready for action.

And there's no sitting down to quietly watch a game when Cameron's around ...

"A crowd wants to be moved," the Canadian told UTV, full of enthusiasm for the weekend's games.

"We go there to be part of a community, to be part of a social experience together, so show me something different - push me, make me think differently."

While Cameron will be looking to get the crowd on their feet, that's not the only way the fans will be getting involved at Friday night's game.

Belfast Giants star Colin Shields has been volunteering with the Welcome Organisation, which supports homeless people in the city, and has organised a clothing drive for the charity.

Previously, the ice hockey team have held a Teddy Toss in the run up to Christmas, but this year they are asking fans to donate items of much-needed clothing instead.

"It's a little bit more of a practical use for the items that people can bring and it's going to help people that don't have access to clothing, access to shelter," Colin explained.

The Scotsman previously spent a number of years living in California, where rates of homelessness are high, and he wanted to get involved with a worthwhile cause during his time in Belfast.

"We do have a busy schedule, but we do have spare time too and I wanted to use that in a good way and give back to the community," he told UTV.

With plenty happening off the ice, there's also the serious business of hockey to attend to and the Giants are set to first face Fife Flyers on Friday, followed by the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday.

"We're almost at the halfway point of the season and thing are going well - we're in first place," Colin said.

"But teams are right on our heels ... There are a lot of battles ahead."

For Friday's clothing drive, the Giants would appreciate donations of used clothing in a good condition - including gloves, hats and also sleeping bags - or new items like socks and underwear. Provisions will also be made for people to donate at the Odyssey on Saturday night. Face-off in both games is at 7pm.

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Monkey in Coleraine wrote (125 days ago):
I feel embarrased for him !
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