By Mairead Breen
TALENTED young Carlovians did themselves and their county proud as they took part in the national Community Games finals recently.
3,600 children, 7,000 spectators, 200 volunteers, and a world class campus that is the university of Limerick marked the 52nd Community Games finals on 25-26 May.
To represent your county at the highest level is a huge achievement and an honour, and for that all of Carlow’s 146 competing children must take a bow.
Whether as an individual entrant or on a team, the first hurdle to be overcome are the nerves, in particular when the stakes are raised to national levels.
Nerves didn’t seem to be a problem for our artists or model makers as a large proportion of the spoils came Carlow’s way in those two events.
Our small county also fared well in gymnastics, where we took three medals, while our swimmers earned a further two.
Farrah Ryan from Bagenalstown pulled a show-stopper in the U16 handball where she earned top honours on the second day of the competition.
In the team events, Carlow excelled with two of its teams. The U15 girls badminton team from Myshall and Bennekerry/Tinryland’s U10 draughts team were crowned All-Ireland champions. A further two teams, the U12 and U16 mixed draughts sides, were silver medallists (both teams also from Bennekerry/Tinryland).
As the weekend drew to a close on Sunday evening, whether medal winner or not, each and every child from our small county was able to say hand on heart that they gave it their very all, and that was their own personal victory. No one could ask any more than that.