McGourty fam­ily do­nate Alex’s boat to com­pe­ti­tion

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

THE Call of the Wild Sligo Schools Kayak Com­pe­ti­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with Sligo Sport and Recre­ation Part­ner­ship took place on the Gar­avogue River re­cently and it was an­other bril­liant event.

A record num­ber of stu­dents took part from across the county in the com­pe­ti­tion, which is or­gan­ised by Tommy Crad­dock from Sligo Grammar School.

The fam­ily of the late Alex McGourty, who sadly died af­ter a kayak­ing ac­ci­dent in Ecuador while pur­su­ing his dream of be­ing a kayak in­struc­tor, have do­nated Alex’s boat to this year’s win­ning school, Sum­mer­hill, where Alex (19) was a past pupil. Each year the win­ning school will re­ceive the use of his boat for the com­ing year. As a touch­ing trib­ute to Alex, who was a mem­ber of Sligo Kayak­ing Club, his fam­ily kindly pre­sented his Lif­fey De­scent Boat to the win­ning school, Sum­mer­hill Col­lege.

The Call of the Wild Sligo Schools Kayak Com­pe­ti­tion saw a record 46 stu­dents from five schools take part in a se­ries of kayak races in beau­ti­ful au­tum­nal weather.

For both the Ur­su­line Col­lege and Sligo Com­mu­nity Train­ing Cen­tre, it was their first time to take part in this event, only hav­ing started kayak­ing this year through the Ur­ban Out­door Adventure Ini­tia­tive.

John Bar­rett from Wild Wet Ad­ven­tures gen­er­ously spon­sored the Ur­su­line Col­lege the use of Kayaks, wet­suits and safety equip­ment for the event, with Sligo Grammar School Kayak Club sup­port­ing Sligo CTC stu­dents. Pre­sen­ta­tion of medals and t-shirts, kindly spon­sored by Call of the Wild, took place af­ter­wards at Sligo Grammar School Kayak Club­house.

Stu­dents would not have the op­por­tu­nity to take part in this sport with­out the ded­i­ca­tion of the teach­ers who give up their free time to run the af­ter school kayak clubs and ac­tiv­i­ties. This ded­i­ca­tion is of­fer­ing stu­dents greater op­por­tu­ni­ties to try new sports and de­velop life­long skills.

Re­sults

Short Course Ju­nior B Fi­nal

1. Daniel Tier­nan ,Sum­mer­hill Col­lege 2. Fionn Kelly ,Sum­mer­hill Col­lege

3. Niall Sweeney, Sum­mer­hill Col­lege

Short Course Ju­nior A Fi­nal

1. Conor Paul , Athlone Com­mu­nity Col­lege 2. Finn Gren­nan , Sligo Grammar 3. Cameron Kil­coyne , Sligo Grammar

Short Course Se­nior B Fi­nal

1. Hadley Scott, Sligo Grammar

2. David Gray , Sum­mer­hill Col­lege 3. Niall Mc Mor­row , Sum­mer­hill Col­lege

Short Course Se­nior A Fi­nal

1. Matthew White , Sligo Grammar 2. Rory Mc Veigh , Sum­mer­hill Col­lege 3. Ben o Reilly , Sum­mer­hill Col­lege

Short Course Girls Com­pe­ti­tion

1. Tara Mc Laugh­lin , Sligo Grammar 2. Hadley Scott , Sligo Grammar 3. Orna Woodrow , Ur­su­line Col­lege

Long Course Open Com­pe­ti­tion

1. Conor Paul , Athlone Com­mu­nity Col­lege 2. Matthew White , Sligo Grammar

3. Finn Gren­nan , Sligo Grammar

Long Course Girls Open Com­pe­ti­tion

1. Tara Mc Laugh­lin , Sligo Grammar 2. Hadley Scott , Sligo Grammar 3. Lau­ren French , Ur­su­line Col­lege

Promis­ing Pad­dler Awards

Joey Bree, CTC Sligo

Jef­frey Hes­sion, Sum­mer­hill Col­lege Dil­lon Ho­gan, Sligo Grammar Lau­ren French, Ur­su­line Col­lege

Best Over­all School (Alex McGourty Lif­fey De­scent Boat)

Sum­mer­hill Col­lege (28pts).

The Call of the Wild Sligo Schools Kayak Com­pe­ti­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with Sligo Sport and Recre­ation Part­ner­ship as part of the Ur­ban Out­door Adventure Ini­tia­tive.

Alex McGour­tys fam­ily kindly presents his Lif­fey De­scent Boat to the win­ning school, Sum­mer­hill Col­lege.

Warm­ing up for the races.

Sligo Grammar School and teacher Tommy Crad­dock.

Pics:

Tak­ing part in their first kayak race. Colin Gillen.

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