The National Juvenile Championships took place in Tullamore over two weekends on July 14-15 and July 28 where a large number of athletes from the county travelled down to face the nation’s best athletes.
In total Louth athletes from various clubs around the county brought home 19 medals, including six national golds, eight silver and five bronze medals.
Louth’s only track gold came from St Gerard’s AC’s Gina Moses who won the U14 Girls 80 metres sprint on day one of the championships. Gina powered ahead and left her opponents trailing behind her.
Louth’s other champions came from the field events. In her last national ball throw competition, Niamh Rice from Glenmore had a huge margin to spare throwing five meters further than anybody else to claim the title in the U12 Girls competition.
Jonathan Cummins from Ardee added to his county and provincial championships by claiming gold with a magnificent throw in the U12 Boys Shot Putt.
In the U17 boys triple Jump Conor Durnin from St Peter’s hopped stepped and jumped his way to his first national title. Kate O’Connor from St Gerard’s AC was lying in second place until the last throw of the U13 Girls Javelin competition when she produced a lifetime best to win her first Javelin title.
St Peter’s Lauren Finnegan showed her true form in the U16 Girls Javelin were she threw five personal bests and won a fiercely competitive competition claiming another national title for St Peter’s AC and Co Louth.
The eight silver medals came from Ardee’s Niamh Tenanty in the U13 Girls 80 meters, Boyne’s Kenza Cheroaut in the U12 Girls Ball Throw and Shot Putt; her club mate Maxwell Flannery in the U14 Boys Javelin, Dunleer’s Liam Connaghton in the U13 boys Javelin, St Gerard’s Patience Jumbo-Gula in the U12 Girls 60m and St Peter’s Niamh Fussey and Emily Rogers in the U18 Girls 100 meter hurdles and U19 Girls High Jump respectively.
The remaining medallists were St Peter’s Chloe Finley and Mark Rogers, Glenmore’s Emmett Hughes, Blackrock’s Annabelle Morris and Ardee’s Niamh Tenanty who added to her earlier silver with bronze in the U13 shot putt.
The National Juvenile Relays took place on Sunday July 29 were club and county teams were in action. In the club relays Blackrock AC claimed a silver medal in the U17 girls 4 x 400meters. In the inter county relays Louth teams took bronze in the U13 and silver in the U15 4 x 100meters.
In the U13 event, Kate O’Connor got the girls off to a great start, handing the baton over to Niamh Tenanty who ran an outstanding back straight handing over to Patience Jumbo Gula who kept up the pressure around the bend. Gemma sprinted for home to take the bronze medal with nothing more then a head between Tipperary, Kerry and Louth.
We would like to congratulate all athletes on some wonderful performances and wish those taking part in the combined events and development championships next weekend the best of luck.