IN A scene reminiscent of the Olympics, young Boyne A.C. athlete Niamh Kelly received her well deserved individual bronze medal in the International Schools Combined Events held on Saturday last.
The new state of the art Emirates Arena in Glasgow was the setting for this highly acclaimed event, which saw the best schools combined eventers from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales compete for a podium place. As usual, it was the English Schools team who were the ones to beat, however, the u16 girls Irish team, and in particular Niamh Kelly, certainly gave them a good run for their money.
Another Boyne A.C. athlete, Amy McTeggart, was part of the girls u18 team who made the journey to Glasgow to represent their country, having achieved some fantastic performances throughout the year to earn her place on the team. With a new PB in the long jump of 5.02m, Amy was off to a great start, however, the joy was shortlived when a hamstring injury prevented her from performing at her best in the remainder of the events. Despite this, Amy was the first to celebrate with teammate and cousin Niamh, with the two girls certainly returning to Ireland with their heads held high and the pride of their club.
On home soil Tom Cummins received a certificate in recognition of his nomination for athlete of the year u9-u11 in track and field and then also received an award for club athlete of the year.
In the girls category, Tara Meier received a nomination in the track and field section u9-u11, and was presented with a club award for athlete of the year also. In the girls u12-14 category, Kenza Cherouat received a certificate in recognition of her nomination for athlete of the year u11-u13 in track and field. In the girls u15-u19, Amy McTeggart received a nomination for athlete of the year, track & field, and also received a certificate of recognition from the Louth county board to acknowledge her amazing achievements at both national and international level over the past year. Keith Dunne also received a nomination in the boys u15-u19 category.
Niamh Kelly also received a club award in recognition of her outstanding achievements over the year, and likewise, clubmate Oisin O'Gibne was also honored for his excellent performances in both track & field and cross country. Jack Carolan was awarded with the title of Louth Athlete of the year Cross Country u9-u11.
Boyne A.C. were awarded the best club for Jumps, Throws and Track in the recent Summer League and also received the award for the Club with the top 20 performances in the u9 - u13 category.