The first edition of the Craughwell U11 Olympics took place in Dangan last Thursday night with a huge attendance of 44 athletes, many taking part on the track for the first time.
Its unlikely the U11s will be ready for London 2012 but who knows … maybe 2020!
This was a team competition with 3 mixed teams of boys and girls – 15 on each team. Each team member contested 4 events – 60m, long jump, ball throw and 400m. We had hoped to do relays as well but unfortunately ran out of time. In each event, 8 points was awarded to the first person, 7 to the second, 6 to third and so on with 1 point been awarded to every participant in the event.
The contest was remarkably close with just 4 points seperating the teams and a tie for first place. I can't announce the results yet though and will be announcing them next Thursday at athletics, hopefully with the medals to go with them!
The teams were:-
Nessa Schukat, Daire Quill, Laura Cunningham, Aoife Raftery, Derbhla Cronin, Cari Bryan, Molly Lynam, Lauren Gilligan, Lisa Coleman, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Stephen O'Connor, Micheal McFadden, Diarmuid McCartin, Luke Egan, Oisin Keating.
Saoirse Coppinger, Emily Macken, Ciana Reidy, Caoimhe O'Donoghue, Caoilin Milton, Mia Waters, Shauna Tobin, Claire Broderick, Jessica Murphy, Jerry Keary, Conor Lee, Cian Waters, Jack Burke, Brian Gillen, Cillian Doyle.
Iona Budge, Aoife Walsh, Jade Connolly, Avril Donoghue, Ciara Murphy, Saoirse Burke, Sandra Greaney, Ailbhe Martyn, Abigail McNally, Cathal Farrell, Peter Martin, Mark O'Brien, Conor Callaghan, Luke Evans.
Everyone's performances augurs well for the Galway track and field which takes place on Saturday 8th May in Dangan. Hopefully most the group will be able to take part in that.