Tipperary was well represented at the second weekend of the HSE Community Games National Finals, taking home three gold medals, three silver, and four pewter. The event, which started on Saturday 18th August, was held at Athlone Institute of Technology.
Two of the gold medals were for skittles, and won by the Ballingarry U12’s and St Peter and Paul’s Clonmel U16’s. It is Ballingarry’s second consecutive year to win the gold. The third gold was won by swimmer Finn McGreever of Ballina Boher in the U12 boys freestyle.
Silver medals were brought home by the Cashel U13 hardcourt tennis team, Meadbh Meehan Grey from Thurles in the U14 girls freestyle swimming, and Lorna Ni Cheallaigh of St. Olivers, Clonmel for her efforts in the U16 girls backstroke.
Pewter medals were awarded to Sophie Harris of Thurles in the U8 freestyle swimming, Moycarkey Borris’ Sean Fanning in the U14 backstroke, The Thurles U14 girls swimming squad, and the Roscrea U12 girls soccer team. Also taking part was Darragh Whelan from Carrick an Suir, who came second in the U12 cycling semi-final, though did not make the final podium.
The Finals were attended by almost 2,400 children competitors, as well as their family members and friends who travelled from the four corners of Ireland to show their support. Approximately 600 volunteers made sure the weekend went according to plan.
The HSE has been sponsor of the games since 2006.
Speaking at the finals, Dr Nazih Eldin, Head of Health Promotion, Dublin North East and National Lead on Obesity in the HSE, said; “In recent years we have witnessed an increase in obesity amongst young people. It is estimated that one in four children is either overweight or obese. Obesity is a medical condition which may lead to higher rates of Diabetes, heart and circulation problems, cancers and much more. The main contributing factors to this condition are a combination of inactivity and eating food of no nutritional value. HSE Community Games plays a hugely significant role in counteracting these phenomena”
All Tipperary’s athletes, are wished the very best of luck on the 3rd weekend of the festival starting this Friday, Aug 24th to 26th.