John Carlin Primary Schools Athletics Awards 2018

John Carlin Primary Schools Athletics Awards 2018

Liam Carlin winner of the John Carlin Primary Schools Athletics Awards 2018

John Carlin Award

Ella Costello winner of the John Carlin Primary Schools Athletics Awards 2018

The recipients of the 2018 John Carlin Primary School Athletics awards were Ella Costello Naoimh Brid, Muff and Liam Carlin, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Lifford.  They were adjudged to have been the stand out competitors in the recent athletics finals at the Patsy Mc Gonagle Arena, Finn Valley to which 1200 youngsters came from 87 schools and were the culmination in many instances of regional qualifying heats which engaged close to 4000 children.  It marks a great honour not only for the youngsters involved but for the school and parents all of whom have embraced the project.  The awards are presented by the family of the late John Carlin, Crossroads, Killygordon in memory of his athletic achievements as John was a former Ulster Champion and Donegal high jump record holder. On the day the family was represented by John’s son, Sean Carlin, himself a former national senior champion, Irish International and record holder accompanied by four times Irish Olympic Team Manager Patsy Mc Gonagle.  The award ceremonies were held on the 21st and 22nd of June in each of the schools with a visit from Sean Carlin and Patsy McGonagle who were joined by the school population and parents, family members and school athletics coaches

This award is based on excellent performance in the Primary Schools Athletics Finals based on fact that the recipients are final year primary school children.  Congratulations to all recipients and their schools.

The Schools Athletics in the past few weeks were the best yet in every respect and we now move on to the Cross Country Schools competition on September 25th.

This was the 48th annual primary school athletics challenge regarded as the best to date as we move towards the 50th anniversary of same.