Juveniles shine at finals in Athlone
THE NATIONAL finals of the Community Games were held recently in Athlone Institute of Technology and many club Juveniles lined out in the Wexford colours in the track and field events.
While Community Games is not exclusive to members of athletics clubs, it was the club athletes who demonstrated their training and preparation across the disciplines to bring the medals back to Wexford.
The first medal of the weekend went to Taghmon A.C's Pádraig Hore in the boys' Under-14 shot putt, where he earned himself a silver to add to his 2013 collection at All-Ireland level. In the girls' Under-14 shot putt, Marguerite Furlong from Adamstown A.C. showed her dominance of the discipline when she took the gold medal for Wexford, competing out of age. This is Marguerite's fourth gold in a national event in 2013 and her first Community Games gold.
Wexford teams always are strong contenders in the relays and last weekend was no exception. The Under-16 mixed relay team from Enniscorthy A.C. had a long battle before reaching the gold medal position on the podium for the 4 x 200m, having to re-run the final due to an appeal after their first run. The team was Mairéad Fortune, Tim Bowler, Jade Foley, James Fortune, Chloe Whelan and Peter O'Connor.
In the boys' Under-14, the Menapians A.C. team of Sam and Luke O'Neill, Leon Nolan and Aaron Smith won everything in their sights, including gold in the final, and proved once again that this is probably the most consistent relay team competing in the country.
In the Under-13 mixed relay the medallion for fourth place went to the Bree team of John Kehoe, Katie Whelan, Gillian Smith, Daire Rochford and Sophie Codd.
The Wexford Under-16 girls' relay team also from Bree secured gold thanks to the efforts of Aoife Rochford, Aideen Kane, Chloe Whelan, Sophie McCabe, Kasey Doyle and Nicole Furlong.
On Sunday morning Ryan Carthy-Walsh of Adamstown A.C. won another gold for Wexford in the boys' Under-16 high jump, competing out of age. Ryan jumped 1.75m to add this national title to his numerous titles won during the track and field season this year.
Sam O'Neill from Menapians sailed through the heats and semi of the boys' Under-14 hurdles and sailed across the line in the final to take gold, while his twin brother Luke progressed with ease into the final of the 100m sprint to take silver.
Tara Farrell (Enniscorthy A.C.) earned herself another throws medal when she took a bronze in the javelin, while another bronze went to Wexford in the boys' Under-16 100m with Ryan Murray of Bree A.C. making the podium, while Menapians A.C's David Murray took the bronze medal in the Under-16 discus.
Many of these results show a remarkable consistency from many of these club athletes, demonstrating the level of training and coaching that has gone into the Wexford Juveniles for them to achieve this level of success on the national stage.