Westside’s Holly strikes gold in U.L.
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.