Athlone basked in sunshine as the HSE Community Games rolled into town with its annual festival of sport and cultural at the Institute of Technology.
From the moment President Michael D. Higgins officially opened the Games a spirit of fun and friendly rivalry descended on the campus.
Kildare’s 118 competitors had a wonderful fun packed weekend while enjoying great success with Gold in Handball and Art, Silver in Choir, Group Dance and Model making, Bronze in Cross Country and Fourth Place medals in Model Making, Recitation, Indoor Soccer and Table Tennis,
2011 Bronze Medallist’s Leixlip returned to Athlone in style to take Gold in Under 13 Girls Handball with comfortable wins over Annaghdown (Galway) 75-8 and Cloughjordan (Tipperary) 105 - 55 The competition was held off campus in Carrigboy
Team: Mollie Dagg, Leah Doyle , Ciara Harrington, Niamh Masterson and Sorcha Tiernan
Leon Cullen (Kilcullen) was thrilled to win a gold Medal for Kildare in the U12 Art Competition. His colourful picture of a footballer impressed the Community Games Judges to award the Gold to the Kildare artist.
Newbridge St Brigid’s Under 16 Choir achieved Silver with their renditions of “Sound of Silence”, Dance with me Tonight” and Use Somebody” conducted by Adrienne Donnelly.
Confey’s dance team gave a very high energy performance to their routine which included Jedward’s “Lipstick” to take home Silver behind Smithborough (Monaghan) in what proved a very close competition of the highest standards
Patrick Donoghue from Carbury created a fantastic scene of an Athletic Race in the Under 14 Model Making section to earn himself and Kildare a Silver Medal. Patrick included a perfect model of the Community Games Mascot Oltan the Owl in his model.
The performance of the weekend was the heroic effort made by the Under 13 Cross Country team. Oliver Moyles and John Troy brought together a group of ten individuals from the four corners of Kildare, trained them and turned out a medal winning TEAM. The Cross Country event is run over 1200 metres with teams of 10 runners each seeking the highest possible finish. Result is decided on the combined total of finishing position of first four boys and first four girls. Kildare qualified for final in second place behind Galway with a good display of team running. In the final Cian Prendergast (Suncroft) had a fantastic start maintaining a top three position for the first lap. He remained with the lead to be just run out of an individual top four prize in the closing stage finishing in 5th place. But it was behind that the drama unfolded. Grace Dervan (Eadestown) collided with a goalpost with 200 metres left and with Kildare having only four girls available for final. Grace picked herself up and finished the race ensuring a bronze medal position for her team.
Carbury’s Under 14 Drama/Comedy Sketch team performed a very humorous sketch depicting the generation gap in computer terms for a well deserved fourth place medal
Tara Behan (Eadestown) gave a polished performance reciting Roald Dahl’s Cinderella to earn fourth place medal in the U14 Recitation section of the talent competition
Leinster Champions Two Mile House lost to both Castlebar (Mayo) 4-0 and Rock Street/Caherslee (Kerry) 4-1 to take home fourth place medals in U13 table tennis
Newbridge St Brigid’s were awarded fourth place after narrowly losing by the odd goal in seven to eventual Gold medallist Elphin (Roscommon) before losing 2-1 to Croagh/Kilfinny (Limerick)
Ceola Donlon (Kill) spent three hours creating her model scene of a Long Jump event to take a well deserved 4th place for Kildare in the U10 Model Making.