Kill and Johnstown Community Games prosper

The Kill and Johnstown Community Games group have gone from strength to strength since were started by Terry McConnon in the 1980’s and subsequently carried on by Tom and Deirdre Sheehy and Dave Lawlor.

The Kill and Johnstown Community Games group have gone from strength to strength since were started by Terry McConnon in the 1980’s and subsequently carried on by Tom and Deirdre Sheehy and Dave Lawlor.

A number of athletes participated in All-Ireland competition last weekend.

In 2009, Tom and Deirdre handed over the reins to a small group of local volunteers chaired by Dave Lawlor. Today, the organisation has grown and evolved with a number of mentors for team events and a core group of over a dozen people on the Community Games committee.

Over the years, Kill has enjoyed great success at both county and national level of the Community Games.

In 2011, local young entrants were successful at county level in team events such as basketball, pitch and putt and chess and in the county art competition. At the County Athletics finals, Kill achieved success in the hurdles, 80 metres and 100 metres sprints, puc fada, long jump and relay events.

In 2012, the Kill Community Games committee introduced some new events for interested young participants. For the first time, Kill held a model making competition and won gold at county level. Kill also entered the hand writing competition, futsal competition and tag rugby and following a rain-soaked evening blitz, the Under 11 mini-rugby team gained a county silver.

The recent Community Games sports day attracted the highest number of entries ever with over 200 young people taking part in both athletic and field events from age 6 to 16.

With the continued support of local sponsors, in particular Centra Johnstown and all of the local community, the committee hope to continue developing the event and encouraging local youngsters to participate in variety of sporting and cultural activities.

The following local were omitted from last week’s paper.

Boys Under 12 Ball throw: Cian Lawlor, Evan Turner, Donough Lawlor; Puc Fada: Cian Lawlor, Donough Lawlor, Evan Turner; Boys Under 14 Long Jump: Donough Lawlor, Cian Lawlor, Evan Turner; Girls Under 14 : Long Jump: Aobhinn Lenehan.