The Community Games Athletics County Finals were held in Ardattin on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of June. There was a fantastic display of fitness, determination and speed from all the competitors. Over 80 children represented Slaney Valley in the various events. The day started off with the parade and the kids looked fantastic in their new jerseys. Thanks to O’Reilly’s Supervalu, Bunclody for their sponsorship. A big cheer went up from the Slaney Valley kids as they were awarded second place in the parade. The races kicked off with the U6 sprints followed by the U8 sprints. Then the fun began with the relays! We are delighted to say that all the hard work paid off and all of our relay teams made it around in style. Niamh Murphy competed in the bike race at lunch time and will now represent Carlow in Athlone in August. The competition heated up in the afternoon with the U 10 & 12 sprints, distance and relays. There was an early start on Sunday morning for the competitors in the javelin and shot putt. Following those competitons the semi finals and u14 competition started. The finals of all the races took part in the afternoon. This has been the most successful year ever for the club in the finals and there are now 28 members from our area heading to Athlone in August to represent Carlow. The Committee of Slaney Valley Community Games and the athletic coaches are very proud of each and every child who took part. The committee are also very grateful to those who contributed to making the weekend the success that it was and such an enjoyable event for all the kids. Medal winners: Boys U6 60M Michael Redmond 4th. Boys U10 100m Ciaran Scott 1st. Boys U10 200m Jake Nolan 4th. Boys U10 Hurdles 60m Max Coulahan 3rd. Girls U12 Long Jump Roisin Mulvihill 2nd, Zoe Coulahan 4th. Boys U14 Hurdles Rory Byrne 1st. Girls U14 Long Jump Emma Mulvihill 1st, Maise Rose Courtney 4th. Girls U14 Javelin Aoife Carroll 3rd. Boys U14 Shot Putt Stephen Carroll 2nd. Girls U14 100m Kayla Nolan 2nd, Laura O’Brien 4th. Girls U14 800m Aoibheann Brennan 2nd. Girls U14 Cycling Niamh Murphy 1st. Girls U16 100m Orna Brophy 100m. Girls U16 200m. Laura Murphy 3rd Riona Byrne 4th. RELAYS: U6 Girls 4th, U6 Boys 3rd, U8 Girls 3rd, U10 Boys 1st, U12 Boys 4th, U14 Girls 1st, U10 Mixed 4th, U13 Mixed 1st, U16 Mixed 1st. Overall Area Results – Slaney Valley 4th. Best of luck to all those heading to Athlone in August.

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