Bank Holiday on the Tullamore track was all about teams. And for KCH it was Team gold, Team silver and Team bronze. On the track and in the field events our athletes performed enthusiastically and with ability resulting in many podium appearances. Some computer glitches meant there had to be recounts to get the accurate results. It can seem a complicated event to newcomers but it is an enjoyable and rewarding event. Being a team event it takes the pressure off the individual. A simple explanation – each team had four members, each member takes part in two events (sprint, distance, throw, jump) and a relay. the achievements of each athlete is counted, points are awarded leading to the ranking of the teams. Pride of place goes to our under 15 girls team – Orla Kenny, Abbie O’Brien, Amelie Foley and Ella Delahunty -. All are under 14 and still eligible to compete at under 15 again next year. So full marks to the squad on winning the under 15 team competition. Our under 9 boys team and under 12 girls team won silver but both had anxious waits as team mentors challenged the original published results, but all were happy with the final outcome. Under 9 boys team- Patrick Wall, Tom Henderson, Yousef Elfaedy, Ryan Farrell. Girls under 12 team – Pia Langton, Hannah Quinn, Roisin Burns, Cara Duggan. Our under 12 boys – Louie Raggett, Jamie Cummins, Patrick Lacey, Bill O’Shea – were up against some very strong teams. Performing excellently they won the bronze medals.
Sad story of the day was the outcome for the boys under 10 – Matais Quaglia, Roberet Lacey, Paul Millea, Tiernan O’Brien – . One member reported injured and, down to three athletes, (travelling without a sub) were ineligible to compete in an official capacity. To prevent them having a wasted journey the other three members took part and performed very well. But lesson learned – Sub should travel!!