Ballinasloe athletes representing county Galway did both their both their club & county proud at the Community Games Athletic National Finals which were held at Athlone AIT on the weekend over two days.
All our individual competitors made it through their heats on day 1 making it into the semi-finals which were held on the Sunday. Our U10 mixed Relay Team made it through their heat & semi-final on day 1 & into the final which was held on Sunday.
First up on Sunday was Kayla McKeon competing in the U8’s 60m semi-final. After putting in a strong performance on day 1 Kayla had the misfortune of tripping at the start line in her semi-final & in such a short race she did not have enough time to make up lost ground.
Aoibheann Fitzpatrick had a great race in her semi-final & made it into the final where she performed well.
All the U8’s received a Community Games National Medal for making it into the National finals. Considering only 1 person qualifiers out of their county in each event this medal was well deserved & is testament to the athletic ability of all these young athletes who made it into the Nationals. Well done to both Kayla & Aoibheann.
Brian Burke put in an impressive performance in the U16 boys marathon, where despite suffering from bruised ribs, he competed against over 60 other athletes where he endured the pain & battled well over a 7K tough course coming in 10th place. Congratulations to Brian on his final National Community Games outing as this is the last year he is in age for this event.
Charlie Naughton (who previously won gold at the Community Games Athletic National Finals back in 2012 when he was U8) performed brilliantly over the weekend making it into the final where he came in 4th place & the top 4 in each event receive a medal in the Community Games Nationals. Well done Charlie this was well deserved.
Shane Fitzpatrick put in spectacular runs over the weekend making it into the final where he came in 2nd place in a very close finish winning a National Silver Medal. Congratulations Shane. The boys performed splendidly up against the strongest athletes in the country.
U10 Mixed Relay Team
The U10 mixed relay team performed brilliantly on day 1 making it into the final on Sunday. All their hard training paid off on the day with each young athlete putting in an outstanding performance in the final where they came in 2nd place. Congratulations to
Caoimhe Ni Thuairisg
The competition at the Community Games Athletic National Finals is as strong as it gets. Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club would like to congratulate all these young athletes for making it into the Community Games National finals & doing both their club & county proud.
By Monica McKeon