Letterkenny's Vereada Bashar became the second ‘Fastest kid in Ireland’ when she competed in the national competition at the Athlone Institute International Arena, Athlone on Saturday.
The Scoil Mhuire Gan Scoil, Letterkenny, student clocked 3.03 seconds over the 20m track, to win the Donegal final last week at Finn Valley AC.
Children ran over a ‘flying 20 metres’. Using speed gates, the child’s time is recorded as they run, full speed, through two gates 20 metres apart.
The event – for children up to the age of eight – is sponsored by Firefly Foot and Ankle Clinic, Sligo.
Firefly will send the fastest boy and girl along with a parent/guardian to New York to race at the prestigious Millrose Games in Manhattan on the weekend of February 20 – with flights and accommodation to be paid by Firefly the sponsors.
At the Donegal finals in the Finn Valley Centre last week there was plenty of noise as many got a first introduction to athletics. The winners Vereada Bashar, Scoil Mhuire Gan Scoil, Letterkenny 3.03 and David Geoghegan 3.17, Scoil Naomh Croine, Dungloe were in tip top form. They are wished well in the final on Saturday in Athlone.
In close proximity on the clock in girls were Emily Kelly, St Mary's, Stranorlar, and Ava Crawford, St Mary's, Castlefinn, both on 3.31secs. In the boys Caolan Mc Fadden 3.20, Scoil Mhuire, Creeslough and Jack Boyle McGlinchey, St. Mary's , Castlefinn 3.25 and Dean Leeper, Dooish.
The outright winners proceeded to Athlone I T Arena for national final Saturday where Vereada finished second.
Organisation throughout the lead in and on the final night in Donegal was excellent, led out by Dermot Mc Granaghan and Sharon Bradley. Certificates were presented to all the finalists.