Coláiste Treasa teams performed brilliantly in the All-Ireland badminton finals held in Gormanston College Co. Meath.
This was the seventh consecutive year that the Duhallow School has competed in the finals and, after a challenging and thoroughly enjoyable tournament against many excellent opponents, all the Kanturk teams claimed well deserved medals. The under 19 girls, under 16 boys and under 14 boys claimed gold and the under 16 girls came home with silver medals for their achievements.
"All panel members representing each group deserve great credit for their dedication to training and their determination and commitment to achieving the ultimate goal in a very competitive and rewarding competition," said coach Tom O'Connell, who gave special mention to Lisa Howard who won her fifth All-Ireland title in six years.
Mr O'Connell also thanked the parents, trainers and coaches from the Banteer/Lyre and Dromtarriffe badminton clubs for the years of preparation prior to the players' introduction to post primary school badminton.
"Coláiste Treasa is very pleased to be involved with the local badminton clubs in the development of these fantastic young players," said Mr O'Connell. "The future is bright with a significant increase in the numbers interested in playing badminton for leisure or competitive sports."
Gold medallists: U/19 Girls: Lisa Howard, Lynda Dunlea, Laura Murphy, Kate O'Donoghue.U/16 Boys: Sean Howard, Conor Cremin, Aidan O'Donoghue, Jack Murphy, Mikey Sexton. U/14 Boys: Cathal O'Donoghue, Conor Murphy, Cal Shine, Jay Archdeacon, Evan Murphy. Silver Medallists: U/16 Girls: Fiona Daly, Elaine Healy, Kate O'Keeffe, Lauren McGeough, Anna Foley.