Aviva Irish Schools’ Track and Field Championships 2014

Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School athlete Nathan Chan, form three, who performed superbly to secure double gold at the Aviva Irish Schools’ Track and Field Championships, held in Tullamore on Saturday 31st May.

Competing first in the triple jump Nathan led the event in the early rounds, only to see his lead eradicated by a leap of 11.70 metres from Boyne Community School’s Mark Shelly late in the competition.  Not to be deterred, however, Nathan rallied and produced the longest jump of his life – a massive distance of 11.86 metres, to snatch gold with his final round jump, leading to understandable scenes of jubilation following such a dramatic finish.

Not content with merely the one gold medal, however, Nathan recovered himself later in the day to anchor the Junior Boys’ 4 x 100 metre relay team to first place in a time of 47.23 seconds following impressive sprinting from teammates Ben Gilmore, Ben Stevenson and Jonny Little over the first three legs.  Despite stiff opposition from Blackrock College and Belfast High School the team stood strong to hold off its rivals and secure a victory that will long be remembered in Grosvenor athletics history.

Elsewhere Grosvenor’s Deputy Head Boy Andrew Wright produced a fine display to secure a bronze medal in the Senior Boys’ 1500 metres with a time of 4 minutes 11.52 seconds, providing the perfect conclusion to seven year’s worth of high-calibre performances in a Grosvenor vest.

On the girls’ side, the Senior 4x100 metre relay team of Nicole Muirhead, Emma Larmour, Lucy Armstrong and Sophia Campbell also performed commendably and were unfortunate to just miss out on a medal, finishing fourth in a high-class race with a time of 50.44 seconds.

Well done to all of Grosvenor’s athletes who performed so impressively at Saturday’s Irish Schools’ Championships, and especially the Junior Boys’ squad, the collective performances of which helped it to second place overall in the team event.  Without a doubt all of the School’s athletes owe a debt of gratitude to their dedicated coaches, led by Mr Andrew Gibson and Mrs Karen Kirk, without whose commitment such performances as have been seen this season would not be possible.

The School looks forward to further successes on the track and in the field during the 2015 athletics season.

 

Grosvenor athlete Nathan Chan celebrates following his gold medal triumphs in the Junior Boys' triple jump and 4 x 100 metres relay at the Aviva Irish Schools' Athletics Championships 2014

The Junior Boys' sprint relay team receive their medals and trophy on top of the podium following their first place finish

Andrew Wright (right) following receipt of his bronze medal in the Senior Boys' 1500 metres