The County Finals in Ardattin on Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th of June proved to be a fantastic success for our area. The morning started off on a very high note with the club being awarded 1st place in the parade. Well done to the Parade Organisers Laura Murphy & Orna Brophy. These two young girls have helped our club in so many ways during the year. Thank you to the parents who contributed towards the parade and a special word of thanks to the pupils and teachers of Kildavin NS for making the torches. All our under 6’s & 8’s were in action on Saturday morning and a number of them proceeded to semi-finals on Sunday morning and then to finals on Sunday afternoon. To see so many young children from our area taking part and performing to the best of their ability was very rewarding for the coaches. On Saturday afternoon our U10’s & 12’s were in action and again everyone performed to the best of their ability. Their hard work during training for the past number of months was very evident with large number advancing to semi-finals and finals. Also on Saturday our members took part in cycling on grass, long jump and turbo javelin. The club achieved great success in all these areas. Sunday was a damp day to say the least but again the young athletes performed in their semi-finals with a large number reaching the finals which took place on Sunday afternoon.The competition for the mixed distance relays were held on Tuesday the 21st in Ardattin. A large number of our members made the panel for these relays and will be representing the county in Athlone in August.
The young people who joined our club this year as helpers provided huge backup to the coaches. We want to thank Orna Brophy, Laura Murphy, Barry Hickey, Riona Byrne & Stephen Carroll. Barry and Riona were unable to attend the County Finals but their commitment to club during the year is much appreciated. Orna, Laura & Stephen worked so hard over the weekend. Your help and willingness to do all your were asked was of huge benefit and helped enormously to the smooth running of finals.
Two of our young competitors were injured over the course of the weekend and we are very happy to say that both have made a full recovery.
The following received medals.
U6 80m Ellie Kirwan 4th. U10 100m Sophie Moorhead 4th U10 100m Ciaran Scott 1st. U10 200m Isabel Furlong 4th. U10 200m Jake Nolan 1st. U12 100m Sarah Cox 2nd. U12 600m Mark Canavan 4th. U14 Hurdles Aoife Carroll 2nd. U14 Hurdles Rory Byrne 1st. U14 800m Roisin Bailey 2nd. U16 1500m Aoibheann Brennan 1st. U10 Turbo Javelin Lily Jones 1st. Boys U12 Cycling on Grass Shane Murphy 1st Niall Furlong 3rd. U14 Long Jump Emma Mulvihill 1st Maisy Rose Courtney Keane 2nd. Boys U14 Long Jump David Furlong 4th. U16 Discus Niamh Murphy 2nd. Girls U12 Long Jump Roisin Mulvihill 1st. Girls U15 Duathlon Eve Furlong 1st. Girls U16 Marathon Aoibheann Brennan. Relays. U8 Boys 3rd. Girls U12 2nd. Boys U12 4th. Girls U14 2nd. Boys U14 2nd. Mixed U10 3rd. Mixed Distance Relay Panel – Girls U12 Sarah Cox, Roisin Carroll & Caoimhe Byrne. Mixed Distance Relay Panel Boys U12 – Mark Canavan. Mixed Distance U14 Aoife Carroll & Maisy Rose Courtney Keane. Mixed Distance U 14 Boys Lorcan Canavan.
All participants are winners in our eyes. We want to wish the very best of luck to all those who are through to the National Finals in Athlone in August. Athletics training will resume in early July. Date to be confirmed. From our various activities during the year including model making, swimming, cycling and athletics we have a total of 21 young members representing County Carlow in Athlone. The Committee & Coaches of the various activities are very proud of what has been achieved so far this year.