Coolboy hand­ballers brought pride and glory back home

Bray People - - GARDEN COUNTY GAA SPORTS STARS AWARDS 2012 -

WHAT A year for the Coolboy Hand­ball Club. Four gold and three sil­ver medals from the World Hand­ball Cham­pi­onships and a huge num­ber of com­peti­tors wear­ing their colours.

A to­tal of 32 play­ers rep­re­sented the small Wicklow vil­lage at the cham­pi­onships in Dublin and the amount of fundrais­ing and hard work that went into the or­gan­is­ing of the club's par­tic­i­pa­tion was stag- ger­ing to say the least.

“It's a great achieve­ment for any club to pick up an award like this,” said Richard Wil­loughby. “The way we per­formed in the World Cham­pi­onships was way be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions and we had 32 play­ers as well,” he added.

Over €5,000 was raised for the club in ad­vance of the com­pe­ti­tion and some of this money was used to sub­sidise the ju­ve­nile mem­bers and to en­sure ev­ery­one had ad­e­quate gear for the event.

It was a tremen­dous oc­ca­sion for the club and they flew the county’s flag with pride.

The mem­bers of the Coolboy Hand­ball Club prior to their de­par­ture for Dublin to take part in the World Hand­ball Cham­pi­onships 2012.

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