As part of Africa week 2012, Offaly Sports Partnership in conjunction with its counterparts in Westmeath and Laois hosted an integrated sports day. In blistering sunny conditions, children participated in a range of track and field events.
The day concluded with the running of the Kip Keino Steeplechase for girls and boys to coincide with the legendary Olympian’s visit to Tullamore. This race was designed to introduce children to the steeplechase discipline using low hurdles and a barrierless water jump.
Co-ordinator of Offaly Sports Partnership, Eamonn Henry explained that the Africa week event was designed primarily to introduce immigrant children to the sport of athletics.
Mr. Henry said, “In our work with schools, we see huge potential all the time, and we need to see if this potential can get transferred into mainstream clubs”.
The presentation of prizes followed to the participants. The overall results in each of the four categories are: -
3rd & 4th Class girls
1st – Presentation Primary School team A, Portarlington, Laois
2nd – Scoil Mhuire NS, Tullamore, Offaly
3rd – Tullamore Educate Together NS, Tullamore, Offaly
3rd & 4th Class boys
1st – Edenderry Boys NS, Edenderry, Offaly
2nd – St Paul’s Boys NS, Portlaoise, Laois
3rd – Mullingar Educate Together NS, Mullingar, Westmeath
5th & 6th Class girls
1st – Mullingar Educate Together NS, Mullingar, Westmeath
2nd – Presentation Primary School team A, Portarlington, Laois
3rd – Scoil Mhuire NS, Tullamore, Offaly
5th & 6th Class boys
1st – St Paul’s Boys NS, Portlaoise, Laois
2nd – Edenderry Boys NS, Edenderry, Offaly
3rd Tullamore Educate Together NS, Tullamore, Offaly
See this week’s Offaly Express for extensive photographic coverage
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