The 3,000 children who participated in this year's Community Games now join the ranks of Sonia O'Sullivan, Brian O'Driscoll and new world champion Rob Heffernan.
This weekend the thousands of athletes from every county in Ireland descended on Athlone Institute of Technology - the new home of the festival since it moved out of Mosney five year ago.
Community Games boost that it is "three days of games and not a console in sight"
The participants, aged between six and 16, took part in track and field, culture corner, Gaelic football and hurling, tennis, soccer, spikeball, variety shows and more.
For many the main attraction of the weekend was the funfair, staying away from their parents for first time and the disco.
Despite reaching the semi-finals the Kerry under 16 relay team were just as excited about the side shows as their race.
The three-day festival depends on hundreds of volunteers to organise the events, take care of the children and clean up afterwards.
The HSE Community Games is in its 45th year and is going from strength to strength with the recent addition of new sports such as Duathlon and Futsal.
Other former participants include rugby stars Tommy Bowe, Ronan O'Gara and Sean O'Brien, soccer star Niall Quinn, actor Colin Farrell, popstars Una Healy and Shane Phelan and Jedward,
Community Games have two festival weekends each year and planning has already begun for next year's event.