Exceptional Performance by our Athletes
We, Mount Sackville, achieved 'Exceptional' today on the athletics track. Two of our 1st year students put in brilliant individual performances in the 500m and 800m at the Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in sunny Santry.
Ella Healy and Sadhbh Mohan were simply fab and will progress onto the 32 county All Ireland Finals in Tullamore on Saturday 3rd June.
This was a wonderful, personal achievement for both girls, in what is a highly competitive event.
Well done to our two relays and individuals who competed in the throws and jumps who gave of their best. Also to our team of 4th years who helped with the running of the event, your positivity and effective work ethic was noted and appreciated.
The results can be seen here: Results
It will be the turn of our Senior athletes on Saturday in Santry for day two of the Leinster Championships and we wish them all well.
Day 2 Leinster Schools Track and Field Athletics Championships
Well done to our senior team of athletes who competed in Santry on Day 2 of the Leinster Schools Track and Field Athletics Championships 2017. We had 5 athletes competing, from 3rd, 4th and 5th years.
Jessica O'Connor was our one of our youngest athletes competing on Saturday in the Inter girls javelin, and in an event where the competition was of an incredibly high standard, she gave of her very best showing consistency throughout having most of her throws registered for measuring, which is one of the challenges of this event. Well done Jessica who also showed her resilience and perseverance in her ability to compete in an exam year when many students choose not.
Beth Sheehan put in a brave performance in the Inter 2,000m Walk event which is 5 laps of the track and no mean feat as the top performers in the country were in this race. Beth is also in an exam year and her dedication and perseverance was remarkable in an event that is far tougher than it appears and requires very specific training. Beth knew she would not win a medal on the day but still toed that line and completed this grueling event and in doing so showed she does not shy away from difficult challenges. I was so proud of Beth in that pink athletics vest, now synonymous with Mount Sackville, as she showed true spirit out on the track in the first event of the day.
Eve Hyland-Martin was competing in the Senior girls High Jump and while she did not win a medal she achieved a personal best in the event. Eve has been a consistent participant in this event since 1st year and her dedication to the sport is worthy of mention.
The same can be said of Evana Cassidy's positive attitude throughout her years as a member of the school's athletics team. Evana has always given of her best and this year as a 5th year student has achieved success in athletics in both cross country and track and field, qualifying for the Leinsters in both. Evana competed in the 400m on Saturday which is one of the toughest races. As expected Evana gave 110% in her effort and again while not winning a medal she can be very proud of her personal performance.
Rebecca Ward from 3rd year gave a great performance in the Inter 300m, another tough event and noteworthy that Rebecca is also in an exam year and could still organise herself to partake in this event knowing the opposition was tough, as the Inter category is a double-year age group with Rebecca being at the younger end. Rebecca will be in this same age group again next year and will have the chance to challenge for medals again.
We achieved our only medal of the day from the wonderful performance turned in by Aisling Mohan (4th year) in the Inter girls 3,000m. Aisling has been in spectacular form this season and already achieved her first international from her exceptional performance in the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships in Mallusk in March earlier this year. The school and the PE department are so proud of her great achievements this year.
We all know that such achievements do not just happen and only come from sheer dedication, determination and discipline in all areas of one's life and that these are transferable skills to many other areas of life. This is one of the many benefits of participation in sport. Aisling along with her younger sister Sadhbh and Ella Healy from 1st year, will now represent the school in the All Ireland's in Tullamore, where we wish them the best of luck.
A big thanks again to our 4th and 5th year helpers in Santry who assisted in the running of the days events doing so with skills and maturity beyond their years.
[ 18 May 2017 ]