Team's wonderful Windsor experience
THE Tralee team which took part in the International Children's Games in Canada last week have done Kerry proud making it to the semi-final stages of both the boys and girls soccer tournaments.
The games, an Olympics for children and teenagers, took place in Windsor, Canada and Tralee were represented by a 20 strong delegation comprising two eight member boys' and girls' soccer teams, including players from Tralee, Killarney and Listowel and four coaches.
This was the ninth year a team from Tralee will take part in the games which are the world's largest annual multi-sport youth event and which are supported by the International Olympic Committee.
In the boys' soccer tournament Tralee and Kerry were represented by Ferdia O'Brien, Jesse Stafford Lacy, Conor Hurley, Karl Mullins, David Naughton, Luke Moynihan, Jamie Clifford and Segun Duyile.
The girls' team comprised of Elizabeth Mohan, Maggie Walsh, Saoirse Kennedy, Leah Henry, Maedbh McEvoy, Colette Foley, Jessica Galvin and Norma O'Connor.
Both teams enjoyed a successful tournament with both the boys and girls teams reaching the semi-finals and narrowly missing out on medals in the bronze medal playoffs.
"Everyone who travelled were astonished by the welcome we received from local people who seemed to get one hundred per cent behind the event. Coupled with the beautiful sunshine and the marvellous sport facilities I feel that this was one of our best ever experiences at the games and the children will remember it for the rest of their lives," said Tralee ICG chairman Mike Culloty.
Mike expressed his gratitude to all who helped to make their participation possible and especially the contribution of coaches Paula Henry and Molly Mc Gilton with the girls' team, and John Byrne and Paul Dolan with the boys' team.