THE HSE Community Games National Finals were held recently over two weekends in Athlone at which Bantry Community Games had 10 participants.
At the swimming finals, Jack Coughlan of Durrus competed in the boy’s U14 backstroke and Una O’Sullivan of Bantry competed in the girl’s U14 breaststroke, both representing Cork very well, having qualified initially at the Bantry finals and then at the county finals.
They both enjoyed their first time at the National Swimming Finals.
At the athletics finals, eight qualifiers from Bantry participated, bringing home no fewer than six medals.
Ellen O’Sullivan of Bantry competed in the U16, 1,500m; this was Ellen’s first time at the national finals and she ran a great race and enjoyed the experience.
Lukas Ahles also competed for the first time at the finals in the boy’s U10 60m hurdles and ran very well, just missing out on a qualifying spot for the semi-finals.
Thomas Flynn of Gurteenroe had fantastic success in the ball throw, coming in second place.
Thomas was in the lead throughout the competition and in contention for the gold medal, but he narrowly lost out in the second last throw.
This was Thomas’ second year in a row competing in the U12 boy’s ball throw.
Niamh Cotter of Glengarriff represented Cork in the girls U16 marathon, which is a distance of almost 7km in the Community Games.
Niamh ran a fantastic race and battled through in hot weather, on a fairly challenging course.
She fought off challenges to her third place position which she retained right to the finish line. She was delighted to bring home the bronze medal.
The girls U12 relay team comprising Eve Murphy and Eve O’Sullivan of Bantry, Sophie Harrington of Durrus and Sophie O’Sullivan of Glengarriff also had fantastic success when they qualified in first place in both their heat and semi-final, and went on to win gold in the final.
This was the second year in a row that the U12 4 x100m relay has been won by Bantry Community Games.