Athletics Trials a success for Killeigh Parish Community Games

The Killeigh community games were held in the Ballinagar GAA pitch recently. It was a glorious evening for the event with children coming from all five villages in the parish to compete, meet their friends and have some fun.

The Killeigh community games were held in the Ballinagar GAA pitch recently. It was a glorious evening for the event with children coming from all five villages in the parish to compete, meet their friends and have some fun.

The numbers were up on 2011 which is great for the games. The event went off like clockwork thanks to the organisation of the event and team of helpers on the night.

Help was on hand with setup of lanes and track for sprints and long distance, starters, judges, hurdler adjusters, registrars, results compilers, photographer, announcer and medal presenter.

Thank you to the Ballinagar GAA for the use of their facilities which they give to the community games free of charge. Also thanks to the principals of the four schools in the parish for handing out notes, the parish office for promoting the games on their web site and mass bulletin, the local papers for their continued support and the expert help that the Harriers gave on the night.

The high numbers meant that heats, semi-finals and finals had to be run. The children were happy to have the opportunity be in a competition.

Later when it was time to give out the medals, the children were asked to guess who the celebrity medal presenter was. All hands shot up to be picked to say who they thought it was. This year the children received their medals from local celebrity TV3 presenter and journalist Brian Daly.

The first medal to be presented was to Brian’s daughter Millie Daly who won the 60m & 80m girls u8. She had been unaware who the celebrity might be. The county finals will be held in the Tullamore Harriers on June 17. Parishes from all over Offaly will be competing in the county event.

See this Tuesday’s Offaly Express for plenty more photographic coverage from Killeigh Community Games