Community Games National Athletic Finals

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Photo 1Community Games National Gold medal winning u12 boys relay team from Ballinasloe.
L-R Ballinasloe Athletics Coach Anne Fitzpatrick, Michael O’Grady, Godfrey Gibbons, Conor Harley, Charlie Naughton, Shane Fitzpatrick, Adam McGreal, Secretary of Ballinasloe Community Games Carmel Grealy, Ballinasloe Athletics Coach Paula Harley.

Photo 2 – Nine young athletes from Ballinasloe representing Galway county in the Community Games Nationals Finals.
Back row L-R Godfrey Gibbons, Conor Harley, Shane Fitzpatrick, Charlie Naughton, Adam McGreal, Michael O’Grady.
Front row L-R – Aoibheann Fitzpatrick, Kayla McKeon, Clodagh Killeen.

Well done to the 9 young athletes from Ballinasloe who represented Galway county in the Community Games National Athletic Finals in AIT over the weekend.

Our under 12 boys relay team made up of – Charlie Naughton, Shane Fitzpatrick, Conor Harley, Adam McGreal, Godfrey Gibbons, Michael O’Grady put in a spectacular performance over the weekend.  They won both their heat & semi-final with a strong lead on Saturday and most importantly these talented runners all had a magnificent run in the final yesterday afternoon. Adam, Conor & Shane all led their leg of the race and then Charlie fought hard in the final stretch to maintain their lead until he crossed the finish line to win the National Gold U12 Boys relay event.  This was an outstanding result amongst very stiff competition.  Four of these boys – Charlie Naughton, Shane Fitzpatrick, CoIMG_2948nor Harley, Adam McGreal already won a National Bronze medal in the National Indoor T&F Championship back in March along with a National Silver medal in the National Outdoor T&F Championship in July.  Both Charlie & Shane were also part of the U10 mixed relay team from Ballinasloe who claimed silver in the Community Games National Finals last year along with Joseph Tierney, Ava McKeon, Mya Kelly & Caoimhe Ni Thuairisg.  Well done to these exceptionally talented athletes, these boys have had a super year.

In the individual events the 3 U10 girls from Ballinasloe who are all out of age & will be U10 again next year all performed
very well.  Kayla McKeon had 2 super runs in her 100m sprint where she got as far as her semi-final. Clodagh Killeen had a strong run in her 60m Hurdles & Aoibheann Fitzpatrick also performed well in her 200m run.  Well done to the 3 of them they should all be proud of the fact that they got to represent their county at National level which is especially impressive considering they are all out of age.

Two members of the relay team also competed in the u12 individual events.  Both boys are also out of age & will be u12 again next year.  Shane Fitzpatrick performed well in the 600m event.  Charlie Naughton had 3 outstanding sprints starting off in his initial heat, then in his semi-final where he went on to qualify for the final.  He finished just outside the medals in 5th place (first 4 get a medal in the community games Nationals).  This was a brilliant result out of age.  Well done to both boys.

Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club would like to congratulate all those who performed so well starting out in Ballinasloe Community Games, then at Galway County Community Games & finally at the Community Games Nationals Finals.  Well done to all of them.

Huge congratulations to all involved,

Ciara.

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