Friday 9 December 2016

Records broken as more than 7,000 young athletes take part in Community Games

Published 22/08/2016 | 02:30

Patrick O'Neill, Caherdavin, Co Limerick, competing in the Boys U14 Javelin at the Community Games in Athlone, Co Westmeath Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Patrick O'Neill, Caherdavin, Co Limerick, competing in the Boys U14 Javelin at the Community Games in Athlone, Co Westmeath Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Records were broken at this year's Community Games - not least thanks to the numbers of participants with more than 7,000 people flocking to Athlone.

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Despite the inclement weather, they brought lots of support with them over the past two weekends to make the 2016 games a resounding success.

Sport was played, races were run and lifelong friendships were made. In the eyes of Community Games, everyone is a winner with participation and enjoyment being key.

Gerard Davenport, president of Community Games, said: "In this Olympic year I have no doubt we have seen a number of future Olympians taking part in various events."

Bernie Brennan, marketing and PR director, added: "As we approach our Golden Jubilee, it is with great pride we can confirm this year's festival was one of the most successful to date. Our ethos remains as strong as ever with children's health and wellbeing remaining our number one priority."

The Community Games, in association with the HSE, took place in Athlone IT, Athlone GAA Club and the Regional Sports Centre.

Irish Independent

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