It was quite a weekend for Rosses, Gaoth Dobhair and Cloughaneely athletes at the UK Sportshall Athletics Finals in Manchester.
A total of nine medals were won, the best ever showing by Rosses AC since Patricia Boyle, now living in Brisbane, Australia first represented the club at these finals in 2001.
Leah Ní Ghairbhigh, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair was the first of our athletes to medal when she ran a great race to finish 2nd and claim the silver medal in the tough 4 lap race. Leah then teamed up with Connie Doherty, Inishowen AC to add a bronze medal to her collection in the 8 Lap Paarlauf Relay.
Emily Croke, Roshine NS, Maghery won a silver medal in the U-13 Shot Putt with a throw of 10.15m.
Mia Baikie, Acres NS, Burtonport was part of the 4 by 2 Lap Relay team who won silver medals, much to the delight of mum Liz who was there to support her.
Johnson Bangora, PCC Falcarragh won a bronze medal in the U-13 Boys Vertical Jump with a leap of 65cm.
Conor Coyle also PCC, Falcarragh competed in the Standing Triple where he finished a fine 5th place.
John Gallagher, Acres NS, Burtonport was our youngest athlete in action and he did well in the Standing Long Jump. John, who is eligible for this age group again next year, will have benefited greatly from this experience.
The big news of the weekend was the victory of the Donegal U-15 Boys in the overall competition which meant John Boyle, RCS, Dungloe and Joe Sharkey, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair coming home with a team winners medal. John added to his collection when he was on the 4 by 2 Lap Relay team which won the silver medals.
Emma Brown, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair was competing as an individual by virtue of being the overall best U-15 athlete at the Ulster finals. Emma was in great form winning a silver medal in the Speed Bounce. She also finished a fine 5th in the 4 Lap race cheered on by dad Barry and her grandparents John and Sadie Brown.
Thanks to the team managers, Louise Gillespie, Sean McGinley, Sharon Bradley, Sean Loughrey, Tom Mullen, Gerry Davenport and Brendan O Donnell.