Naas will be well represented at the national Community Games finals in Athlone this summer after recording tremendous success across a wide range of activities, writes Theresa Murray.
Some 29 competitors from the recently amalgamated east and west regions of the town will be making their way to the national finals which take place over two weekends in August.
“Naas has facilities, sporting and other, that would rival any town of its size in Ireland and there is no reason why we can’t build on this year’s success in the years to come,” said chairperson Emer McDaid. “It is really a matter of tapping into the resources already in place in the hope that local organisations will include community games in their annual programmes. There is no doubt the talent is here in the town.”
And she urged local people and organisations to get involved. “We will be holding an open meeting in the autumn time, in the hope of getting more organisations on board.”
If you would like to get involved in Naas Community Games, please contact Emer McDaid on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Community Games, go to www.communitygames.ie
Representing Naas in the Community Games National Finals are U15 Girls Badminton Leinster Champions- Orla Flynn, Fiona Hughes, Aisling Leckey, Holly Hughes (sub), Clodagh Cagney, Sophie Mullins (sub) (Manager: Emer Flynn).
The U11 Boys Hurling Leinster Champions are also on their way under Manager: Kevin Harrington.
The U14 Girls Relay Kildare Champions - Eabha Stewart, Maedbh Gallagher, Danielle Oghuvbo, Abigail Dunne, Marie Naughton, Kate Kenneally (Manager: Larry Dunne).
U16 Girls Relay Kildare Champions- Emer Hegarty, Ailbhe Gallagher, Nicole Dunne, Sarah Stewart, Niamh Whelan (Manager: Larry Dunne)
In individual events those through to the finals are U14 Boys Javelin Kildare Champion - Donovan Byrne. U10 Boys 60m Hurdles Kildare Champion -Cian Boran. U15 Girls Gymnastics Floor work and Vault Kildare Champion- Abi Farmer. U16 Girls Triple Jump Kildare Champion - Nicole Dunne.
Also in the U13 Cross country there are two Naas members of Kildare team, Abigail Dunne and Eabha Stewart.
“The Naas Community Games Committee would like to say ‘thank you and well done’ to all those who participated in the Naas Community Games events this year and we would like to wish all those travelling to the National Finals the very best of luck!” Ms McDaid added.