St Gerard’s AC were represented by Patience Jumbo Gula, Kate O’Connor and Gina Akpe Moses at the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Track and Field Championships last weekend.
All three girls performed brilliantly over the weekend and gave their supporters plenty to cheer about in the process.
Kate and Gina were well versed in competing at this level in the past but for relative newcomer Patience it was her first venture at national level which made her achievements all the more remarkable.
She was first up in the U12 shot putt where she performed admirably to take a valiant 4th place, throwing the same distance as the 3rd place finisher just missing out on a medal by virtue of her 2nd highest throw.
Next up was the 60m where she qualified for the final winning her heat. In the final she ran an absolute stormer just failing to catch the winner by two one hundredths of a second for a marvellous silver medal.
Lastly Patience took part in the long jump where the efforts of the weekend began to show and she failed to reproduce her best despite giving her all. This was a great performance for such an inexperienced athlete and augurs well for the future for this very promising young lady.
Gina Akpe Moses made the final of the girls U14 80m with the minimum of fuss winning her heat in a canter. In the final she was once again at her devastatingly brilliant best by storming to victory to add to her long list of achievements at the highest level.
If Gina can continue to improve as she progresses through her career an international call up surely cannot be far away.
Last up was Kate O’Connor in the girls U13 javelin and long jump. Both events were fiercely competitive affairs with little separating the top contenders.
In the javelin Kate led the competition until the penultimate round where Maedbh Daly of Carraig na Bhfear took the lead pushing Kate into 2nd. With two throws left she launched a massive effort only for it to land outside the zone and thus deemed a foul.
But a champion needs character and this girl has that all important ingredient in abundance. With her last throw Kate once again gave her all and regained the lead to land a fantastic gold medal with a throw of 27.07m.
In the long jump she gave another great performance to finish 6th place just 4cm off a medal position having gone into the final round of jumps in 3rd.
Once again the athletes of St Gerard’s AC performed with great credit on the national stage and can be rightfully delighted with their efforts which has made the club, their families and friends tremendously proud.
St Gerard’s are currently on a summer break from training until August 7.