A week to remember for Mona McSharry


A week to remember for Mona McSharry
Diarmaid Doherty Sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

It was a week of major success for Marlin's Swimming Club member, Mona McSharry, at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary.

Mona, from Grange in Co. Sligo, started her week by finishing a brilliant third in the 50m breast-stroke final on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old Colaiste Cholmcille student also won through to Sunday's 100 metres breaststroke final after setting a new Irish junior record of 1:08.81 in Saturday evening’s semi-final.

She produced a fantastic swim last night to take home silver

Mona was also a member of the mixed medley team that finished sixth in Saturday night's final.

The four-person team set a new Irish record of 3:54.09.


Meanwhile at the European Athletics Chamionships in Amsterdam, Karl Griffin and Tori Pena were both in action.

Griffin from Donegal Town, was 8th in his heat in the 800m on Thursday morning.

The UCD athlete's time of 1m 49.37 seconds was a season's best.

Griffin's clubmate at UCD, Mark English, did not take part in the championships in Amsterdam, choosing instead to concentrate his efforts on the forthcoming Olympics.

Tori Pena of Finn Valley AC is also Rio-bound. She will have been disappointed to have bowed out of competition in Amsterdam on Thursday morning when she failed to clear 4.45m in the pole vault.

Donegal will also be represented at the Euyropean Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships which are taking place this week in Finland.

The games started yesterday with Kieran Murray from Ramelton part of Transplant Team Ireland

Two years ago, Kieran Ramelton man Kieran was on the Ireland team that took part in the championships in in Krakow, Poland.

Kieran, a kidney transplant recipient, securing 3 gold and 1 bronze medal on what was a week he'll never forget.