Ulster Schools Aquathon

A massive well done to all our junior triathletes who qualified to
compete in the Ulster Schools Aquathon yesterday 6th December at
Templemore. Athletes travelled from all over Ulster and the standard
on show was first class. The conditions on the cross crountry run were
extremely challenging after the deluge of rain we had the two days
previous, but all our juniors should be really proud of their
performances, as they were competing against the best triathletes in
Ulster and we were very competitive across all the age groups. Special
mention goes to young Oisin Gallagher and Flionn Mc Laughlin, who were
first and second in the primary school section, helping the Derry team,
which was made up of other nwtcjnr members, Ruairi Taylor, Euan Bonner
and Seamus Bonner, to get first overall in this category. Hard work
paying off for these young athletes, who have made great progress since
joining the junior club. Well done lads.

Of course the whole event
would not have happened without the hard work of Tommy Mc Callion, who
was instrumental in promoting the event through the local schools,
giving our young athletes the opportunity to compete in the sport for
the first time. This is a big part of our strategy going forward,
where we want to provide further opportunities for our young athletes
to compete against the best young athletes from across the country.

The success of yesterday's event would not have been possible without
the support of our senior club members and parents of those athletes
taking part, who all ensured the went smoothly and safely. A special
word of thanks to our swim coach Lean Mallett, who as always, organised
the pool to ensure all races went off smoothly. Her experience in
doing this was invaluable, so thanks again Lean. Big thanks to those
senior members who gave up their Sunday morning to help out. It
couldn't have happened without you all.

Only one more Sunday
"training" event before our Xmas break. This Sunday will be the Paddy
Bradley Xmas swim session, which is not just for our junior athletes,
parents are more than welcome, or maybe even expected to take part.
This has been a very popular event and will challenge the fittest of
athletes, but all athletes will be able to get their energy back up
with our Xmas party afterwards, where you can savour the delights of
home baking by our parents of athletes. This is a great way to finish
the year, so look forward to seeing you all there.

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