James is Columbia bound for World Championships

Clonoulty Rossmore man set to wear the Irish jersey in World Racquetball Championships.

Clonoulty Rossmore man set to wear the Irish jersey in World Racquetball Championships.

The Thurles CBS Secondary School Transition Year student, son of PJ and Kathleen Ryan, will spend ten days in Columbia competing on the biggest stage and it is a challenge he is really looking forward to.

“The competition will be very tough there but I am just hoping to be very competitive and to play the best I can,” a modest James told The Tipperary Star this week.

He has been training with Racquetball Ireland and having competed in the Dominican Republic on two occasions in the World Championships, he was invited to go to Columbia to once again represent his country.

Of course it is a major honour for the Rossmore club to have an Irish international in their midst - his Mam Kathleen is the Secretary of the club - and they are extremely proud of his achievements to date. James competes on the local circuit in open competitions but says he has a lot to learn and is looking forward to doing just that.

An avid hurler too, he was captain of the Clonoulty Rossmore U-16 team which had that marathon west final recently and also played on the clubs minor team, and with the Dean Ryan Cup team in Thurles CBS.

“You would be kept going between it all but it is great to be playing so much. The lads in school wouldn’t be saying too much about the racquetball, but there would be a lot of talk about the hurling alright,” said James, a past pupil of Clonoulty NS who has two older siblings Sarah and Kieran. Folks in and around the parish will be keeping their ears to the ground in the coming days to find out how James gets on in the world championships.

We congratulate him on his success to date and wish him well when he pulls on the Irish jersey in Columbia.