Twenty-five junior athletes from Bandon AC travelled to Leiria in Portugal to compete in the European Junior Club Track and Field Competition in September. The women’s team consisted of Laura McSweeney (captain), Helena Murphy, Fiona Duggan, Aisling Everard, Emma Young, Sinead Caulfield, Erin Kingston, Ella Nicholson, Aisling Kelly and Fiona Everard.
The men’s team consisted of Colin Kingston (captain), Thomas McCarthy, Jake Inglis, Promise Okafor, Davide Mazzali, Scott Gibson, James French, Daniel Hathaway, Daniel O’Sullivan, Christopher Anaba, Franck Djiosta, Gavin Hicks, Matthew Draper, Gerard Crowley and Fiachra Harrington.
All athletes competed very well on the day and had some great results, including two firsts, four thirds, and a number of personal bests.
At the end of the day when all the points were added up, the men’s team finished in seventh place and the women’s team finished in eighth place, with both teams within touching distance of the teams ahead of them.
Well done to all the athletes involved; some of them undertook events, which they would not normally be competing in just to help the team. Well done also to the coaches and officials who got them there and back safely. A massive thank you to all who helped with the fundraising for this trip and to the sponsors, in particular Bandon Credit Union and also to Siemens who very kindly sponsored the gear, which was worn with pride by the athletes.
This was a fantastic experience for the athletes and they are determined to work hard to ensure qualification to this event again in the future.
Full results and more photos on www.bandonac.org.