Our next generation of athletes enjoyed their day in the sun as they competed in the national juvenile finals in a very warm Tullamore stadium. Our oldest athletes in action today were under 13 boys Alex Cullen and Adam Slawinski. Both performed well and establised new PBs. Alex in the long jump, jumped 4.73m and won bronze. Adam, in the high jump cleared 1.45m and also won bronze. Two great prospects for the future.

Our under 10s really excelled. Paul Millea and Robert Lacey won silver in the 500m Pair final, helped enormously by an outstanding race from Robert. Robert was in action again in the Long Jump where he pairedwith Matais Quaglia. A very good pairing as bothcombined to win silver in the event. Matais was also in action in the 60m sprint where he paired with Tiernan O’Brien. In the late afternoon all four and relay panelist Charlie Lyons gave a fantastic display and mounted the podium to collect silver medals for their 61.72 seconds run in the 4x100m final.

The under 9 boys had Tom Henderson and Robert Cullen competing in the 60m sprint final and Long Jump. An excellent run by both boys brought them into 8th place in the 60m. In the long jump a mere 8cms would have brought them into third place. With Yousef Alfaedy and Patrick Wall they ran the 4x100m. A good run in the semi-final saw them into the final where once again they were great and finsihed 5th – Fifth in Ireland! Well done boys. Our under 9 girls, Kate Canavan and Ellen Daly, were unfortunate. A reasonable long jump placed them in 9th placein that paired event. Their big event was the 300m. Both ran excellent races, particularly Ellen who was vying for first place as she came tearing down the home straight only to take a trip one meter from the finish line. And so their competition endedsadly.

The under 11s had boys and girls in action. The boys had Eoin Moore and Oisin Henderson in the 60m. Their combined time for the final was an excellent 19.11 seconds. With Luke Browne and James O’Brien they qualified comfortably for the 4x100m final where they finished in 7th place. The girls 4x100m squad – Ruth Crowley, Clodagh O’Callaghan, Aoibhe Quinn and Molly Daly – won the semi-final and following an excellent run in the final were beaten into fourth place – that place, so near and yet so far when All-Ireland medals are at stake.

Many thanks to our coaches who have worked with all our young athletes during the year. Thanks also to the parents for their valued support. With these excellent results we can look forward to many more great days competition in coming years.