Dom dons the gloves and earns athlete of the week title

Dom Gillespie in action for his university team. Picture courtesy of Salem International University
Dom Gillespie in action for his university team. Picture courtesy of Salem International University

A former pupil at Whitley Bay High School has been showing his versatility on the football pitch at his US university.

Dom Gillsepie is majoring in sport management at Salem International University in West Virginia.

Despite normally being a forward for the university’s football team, he has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Athlete of the Week for his performances in goal.

Gillespie helped the Salem International University men’s team secure wins over rivals Davis & Elkins and Alderson Broaddus as they clinched a berth in the upcoming G-MAC Tournament.

Gillespie kept the Tigers in the game against Alderson Broaddus with six saves before Salem earned a 2-1 double-overtime win. The only goal he conceded was a penalty kick in the 86th minute.

The Whitley Bay native ended the week by earning his first-career shutout in a 1-0 win over Davis & Elkins.

Gillespie, a forward by trade, was put into goal following a hand injury to starting goalkeeper Elliot Cook, from Nottingham.

Gillespie is the first Salem International player to earn G-MAC Athlete of the Week in two years.

Before taking up his scholarship, the don of Desmond and Karen, played at tennis, cricket and rugby in Whitley bay, and he also participated in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon tennis tournament.