Approximately 100 young people from several areas in County Tipperary made the final trip to Athlone Institute of Technology on Friday last, August 24 to contest Athletics and Camogie on the third weekend of the HSE Community Games National Finals.
This fantastic festival of sport commenced with weekend one last May followed by weekends two and three in August. Competitors from Tipperary won a total of eight gold, eight silver, three bronze and thirteen pewter medals overall.
Tipperary had accumulated five gold, four silver, two bronze and nine pewter medals and the remaining competitors proceeded to weekend three with high hopes of increasing the medal haul.
The excitement was buzzing at the Athletics Track and Field events and the dream came true for some young people who won a further three gold, three silver, one bronze and four pewter medals in athletics with the fifth set of silver medals going to the Nenagh Camogie team.
Gold was struck by Aoibhe O’Shea, Ballingarry in the girls u14 800m. Aoibhe is the daughter of Declan and Mary O’Shea from Mohobber who are both officers of the County Board. Aoibhe ran a very clever race finishing second in her semi final and she pulled out all the stops in the final to add to Ballingarry’s shining record of gold in skittles for the past two years and to her sister, Lorraine’s many achievements.
This was Aoibhe’s fifth time competing at national finals and her first time winning a medal.
Daniel Ryan, Moycarkey had an all the way victory in the boys u14 hurdles. Daniel was very impressive winning his heat, semi-final and final. This was a well deserved victory as Daniel also won his heat and semi final last year but was narrowly defeated in the final and had to be content with silver. Daniel’s brother, Jack, finished third in his heat in the u12 100m while his brother, David, competed in the u14 long jump
Laura Shinnors, Cloughjordan won the third gold in the u12 ball throw, defeating Emma Keane, Newbridge, and Shauna O’Neill, Bagnalstown.
Silver medals were won by the u16 boys Marathon team Anthony Tobin, Aaron Egan, both from Ss Peter and Paul’s, Clonmel, Killian Cullagh, Silvermines and Darren Dunne, Cloughjordan. Killian also won the pewter medal for the fourth individual finisher - a great performance by all the boys.