The county finals of the Community Games girls and boys swimming championships took place in Clonmel pool last weekend.
Co-ordinator Tom O’Ceallaigh, Clonmel must be complimented on the excellent manner in which he organised these events along with Polly Murphy, Rosegreen; Mary Walsh, Clonmel; Siobhan and Micheal Maher, and Lynn Cummins, Fethard and their capable assistants all ensured the smooth running of 30 events over Saturday and Sunday.
Powerstown Lisronagh area won the coveted Emer Hayes memorial cup for the best overall area with the highest points much to their delight.
This area will have strong contenders at the HSE Community Games National finals with some very experienced competitors taking their place among those lucky ones who will represent Tipperary in Athlone on the weekend of August 15th to 17th.
Family ties were very much to the fore also with the Whelan sisters Siobhan and Moya, the Hurley sisters Lauren, Megan and Isobel, sister and brother Ellen and Michael Buckley all from Powerstown Lisronagh area repeating previous performances and keeping their names on the roll of honour along with the Maher sisters Isobelle and Abaigeal from Fethard joining the well known names of Adam O Ceallaigh, St Oliver’s Clonmel, Conor McLoughlin, Clerihan, Meadbh Meehan Grey and Sophie Harris, Thurles, who are all regular visitors to Athlone and will be competing for their fourth time.
There were some fine performances displayed by competitors in all age groups.
Cashel Rosegreen area had some close finishes with Lucy Murphy, Aoibhinn Fanning, Faye Downey, and Sean O’Neill all winning silver medals with bronze going to Anna Movchan.
Patrick Colville, just turned 8 years, was competing in his first ever competition and finished 3rd in the semi final of the under 10 event while the Coleman brothers Ben and Oran were just out of the medals.
A gold medal won by Siobhan O’Meara and silver by Kayleigh O’Shea for Ballyneale Grangemockler. area”Congratulations to all winners and very well done to all who participated. Competitors travelled from all over the county to be part of the fun and excitement all with the ultimate goal of representing Tipperary at the All Ireland Finals but unfortunately there can only be one winner. We wish them all the best of luck. Birth Certificates for all winners must be submitted asap unless a competitor has competed last year.
(See full results elsewhere on this page)