West­side’s Holly strikes gold in U.L.

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - COMMUNITY GAMES at UL Lim­er­ick

COMMUNITY GAMES held their sec­ond Aldi na­tional finals in UL Lim­er­ick over the week­end and thou­sands of chil­dren par­tic­i­pated-which is the ethos of our games where friend­ships are re­newed, and new ones made.

Soc­cer, Gaelic foot­ball, hurl­ing, camo­gie and tag rugby were some of the team events over the week­end Wick­low hav­ing lost out at Le­in­ster had no teams in­volved well done to all the Le­in­ster teams who won medals.

Track and field dom­i­nated the pro­gramme for the week­end with sun­shine, wind and tor­ren­tial rain ham­per­ing events the re­silient chil­dren ran their hearts out in heats and semi-finals all hop­ing to make the finals in search of a medal and Wick­low were well rep­re­sented:

Holly Wright, West­side, struck gold in the un­der-14 shot putt.

The Baltinglas­s team of Damien Cor­ri­gan, Abbey Do­herty, Va­lerie Doogue, Ka­reem Ma­tonmi and Molly Nolan Thorn­ton won third in the un­der-13 mixed re­lay.

Un­der-16 Boys 100m: Lukas Sarkauskas, Lake­side, won bronze.

Un­der-10 girls 200m: Seren Waters, West­side, won bronze.

Un­der-16 high jump: Eve Leacy, Round­wood, won bronze.

Un­der-14 girls javelin: Yas­min Dagge, Shil­le­lagh, took fourth.

Well done to all the Wick­low win­ners, but let’s not for­get the fol­low­ing who were so close to win­ning a medal: Holly John­son, Lake­side, Will Phe­lan, Rath­drum, Ed­die Cullen, Shil­le­lagh, Liam Clarke, En­niskerry, Abbey Do­herty, Baltinglas­s, Daniel Gre­gan, Shil­le­lagh, Finn Har­ris, Ash­ford-Gle­nealy, Ella Muhall, Shil­le­lagh, and the Lake­side team of Emily Be­han, Clodagh McKeon, Is­abella War­ren, Matthew Burke, Fred Dick and Joey Dore.

And not for­get­ting all the chil­dren who lost out in the semi-finals.

Wick­low should be very proud of the achieve­ments of the chil­dren who par­tic­i­pated in our games this year a huge amount of work and train­ing so a sin­cere thank you to the chil­dren, and Wick­low’s main spon­sor, Pat Casey, Glen­dalough Ho­tel, was well rep­re­sent on the podium in Lim­er­ick in 2019.

‘A mas­sive thank you to all the par­ents, ar­eas, coaches, county man­agers, vol­un­teers and County Board who helped make Wick­low Community Games into the suc­cess it was this year,’ said a Wick­low Community Games spokesper­son.

‘Wick­low Community Games con­grat­u­late for­mer par­tic­i­pant En­niskerry teenager Lara Gil­lispie who won a bronze medal for Ire­land at the Cy­cling Ju­nior Track World Cham­pi­onship in Frank­furt, Ger­many.

‘Lara set a ju­nior na­tional record of 2.20.438 dur­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion av­er­ag­ing 51.268 kpm for the 2000m time trial.

‘In 2015, Lara won a na­tional sil­ver medal, un­der-15 duathlon – run, cy­cle, run for Wick­low.

‘Wick­low Community Games wel­come lapsed/new ar­eas who are in­ter­ested in set­ting up an area for 2020 to con­tact county sec­re­tary Mary Brett Kelly or any com­mit­tee mem­ber,’ they added.

Ka­reem Ma­tonmi of Baltinglas­s, com­pet­ing in the U-14 Boys 60M hur­dles semi-fi­nal dur­ing Day 2 of the Aldi Community Games August Fes­ti­val.

John Burke of Lake­side, Co. Wick­low, com­pet­ing in the Boys’ U-14 Re­lay dur­ing Day 1 of the Aldi Community Games August Fes­ti­val.

Gold medal win­ner Holly Wright.

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