Race Report: National Post-Primary Schools Championships 2019

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The National Post-Primary Schools Triathlon Champs took place yesterday, Sunday 19th May at Clarinbridge, Co. Galway. Hosted this year by Predator Triathlon Club, over 75 teenagers raced in four age groups to decide who would be National Champion in U14, U15, U17 and U19. Thanks to organisers Predator TC for the following race report.

Exam weather 

All the signs pointed to an exam. There were school children milling around nervously, their babbling parents and relatives in close attendance and it was a wonderful sunny day. Exam weather for sure. Only difference was this exam was set by Triathlon Ireland. Thirty nine post primary schools were participating in Triathlon Ireland’s 3rdNational Post Primary School Championships (NPPSC) hosted by Predator Triathlon Club on the grounds of Kilcornan estate, Clarinbridge, Co Galway on Sunday May 19th.

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The NPPSC is a pool based triathlon open to all post primary school children in Ireland. There are four age categories, (U14, U15, U17, U19 male/female) plus the coveted overall school championship prizes.

In the U14 female category Chloe Bennett, Ard Scoil na Mara Waterford, followed up her National Duathlon Championship success in March with 1stplace, tracked by Izabella Chidlow, Pobal Scoil na Trionoide in 2ndand Aoibhe Murray, Eureka Secondary School followed strongly in 3rdplace.

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It was a case of deja vue in the U14 male category with Mathys Bocquet, Calasanctius College Oranmore, also a National Duathlon Champion finishing in 1stplace. Cal Tutty, CBS Naas, held on to 2ndplace to deny Calasanctius College a 1, 2, with fellow pupil Robert Donnelly in 3rdposition.

In the U15 female age category it was top marks for Lily Sheehy, Dominican College Wicklow in 1stplace, Alma Griffin, Rice College Ennis, put in a sterling performance in 2ndplace and Katie Gannon, Loretto Cavan coasted in at 3rdplace.

The U15 male age category had Finn Harris, Coláiste Ráithín; Fliónn McLaughlin, Lumen Christi College, Derry and Luke O Shea Pobail Scoil na Trionoide, as the best boys respectively in 1st, 2ndand 3rdplace. 

It was an Ulster school’s clean sweep in the U17 female age category. Charlotte Moore, Royal School Cavan finished in 1stplace. Hope Mc Bride, Bangor Academy was 2ndand Olivia Moore, Royal School Cavan, was in 3rdposition.  Special mention to another Ulster girl in this age category, Aoife Murray, St Louis Ballymena, whom won a lot of praise for her endeavours.

No clean sweep in the U17 male age category but still an Ulster school first for Darren Rafferty, Saint Patrick's Academy Dungannon with Ralf Bodamer, Presentation College Athenry in 2ndplace and Darragh O'Neill, St. Caimins Secondary School, Shannon in 3rdplace.

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In the U19 female age category Maeve Gallagher ran a very strong race to finish in 1stplace. Emma Boyle, Presentation College Athenry, was comfortable in 2ndplace while Eve Furlong, FCJ Bunclody, was in 3rdplace. 

In the U19 male age category Sabian Kulzinsky, Rice College Ennis led from start to finish. Fabian Mangan, Presentation College Athenry was 2ndwith Oisin Mc Guigan in 3rdplace.

In the overall school championship, Presentation College Athenry retained their overall school winner’s championship title. Calasanctius College Oranmore were a close 2ndand Royal School Cavan finished in in 3rdspot. Full results can be found at www.redtagtiming.com. Also on the Predator Junior Triathlon Club Facebook page. Official Triathlon Ireland photographs can be found at Triathlon Ireland Facebook page.

The day was not all about competition. Predator Triathlon Club were delighted to be able to make a donation of  €500, the proceeds from the Youth Duathlon Championships and NPPSC 2019 to the Brothers of Charity Sri Lanka school fund. It is fitting that the school children partaking in these events know that their love of triathlon helps other less fortunate school children.  The Race Director commented on the exemplary behaviour of all the participants and although school is out for the summer there is the Aon National Children’s Triathlon Festival on August 4thto aim for so no let up on training! Last but not least a big thank you to all the club volunteers, Civil Defence, Triathlon Ireland staff, Brothers of Charity, Redtag timing and of course the parents.