Saturday 25 November 2017

Jack sweeps the boards in triathlon

Jack Molloy receiving his Triathlon Ireland National Series Cup.
Jack Molloy receiving his Triathlon Ireland National Series Cup.

LEAVING Cert student Jack Molloy is the toast of Drogheda Triathlon Club after landing no fewer than three Irish titles in only his second season competing at national level.

Jack showed immense dedication to his training throughout the year and gained great rewards as he finished top of the pile in the Junior National Series and claimed the National Championship and the National Series for 18 to 19-year-olds.

The National Series requires triathletes to compete in a range of events throughout the country from May to September and participants are awarded points based on their placings in each event. A very demanding competition, it attracts the best junior triathletes from around the country.

Jack was ably supported by his dad Tony who not only provided moral support but drove him the length and breadth of the country most weekends.

As well as competing in the National Series events Jack also competed and either won or was placed in at least 12 other triathlon or swimming competitions - including Naas, Limerick, Dublin,Kilkenny, Dunmore East, Roscommon and the London ITU AG World Championships.

At the World Championships in London Jack was accompanied by four other members of the Molloy family - father Tony, grandfather John, uncle Eoin and cousin Liam. They were competing for Ireland in the age group competition and acquitted themselves very well on the world stage.

Unfortunately, grandfather John had a fall on the last lap of his event within sight of the finish line and as a result lost his chance of winning a medal.

However, the ever-resourcful 'team Molloy' had a plan. Tony decided to compete in the open sprint competition on the final day of the competition so that he could present his winning medal to Jack's grandfather John. That way, all the Molloys went home with a medal from the World Championships!

Jack, who atends Colaiste na hInse in Bettystown, is now focusing all his considerable talent on his studies, while in terms of the triathlon he will now be rubbing shoulders with the seniors - another challenge he is well capable of mastering.

Drogheda Independent

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