Grosvenor strikes Gold at Ulster Schools’ Track and Field Championships 2019

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s talented track and field athletes who enjoyed phenomenal success at the Ulster Schools’ Track and Field Championships 2019, held at the Antrim Forum on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May; producing a string of outstanding performances which helped the School to record its most impressive ever showing at this prestigious event, with the boys’ team in particular performing superbly to win the overall Team Trophy for the first time in the School’s history – a truly remarkable feat.  

The GGS gold rush was led by Year Twelve pupil Adam Sykes who, not content with gold in the blue ribband 100 metres - in a scintillating time of 11.18 seconds - backed up this superb achievement with further victory in the two hundred metres (22.89s) to secure a stunning sprint double. No doubt inspired by Adam’s heroics, further golds were claimed by Gareth Campbell, who placed first in the Senior Boys’ 2000 metres steeplechase for the second consecutive year (6 minutes 32.13 seconds); Dylan McBride, whose victory in the Intermediate 1500 metres (4 minutes 04.14s) was his third in a row following Junior Boys’ victories in 2017 and 2018; as well as Jenna Breen, whose gold in the Inter Girls 300 metres (40.89s) came following a sprint double at junior level last year. 

On top of the aforementioned individual successes, further GGS golds were secured by the Inter Boys’ 4 x 100 metres relay team of Lewis Hamilton, Nathan Stewart, Joseph McNaughten and Adam Sykes, whose incredible time of 44.00 seconds broke an Ulster Schools’ record that had stood for 21 years – a truly phenomenal accomplishment! Not content to let the boys steal all the glory, however, the Inter Girls’ relay team, comprising Sarah McCreery, Victoria Lloyd, Rhea Stewart and Jenna Breen, matched the achievement of their male counterparts by circling the track in a blistering 51.42 seconds to ensure first place; a result matched by the Minor Girls’ team of Eva Wainwright, Mia Ferguson, Ellie Burgess and Amelee McCullough, who this time crossed the line in a blistering 53.82s.  

On top of the School’s many gold winners, an impressive number of silver medals were also achieved on the day, with Sophie Larmour (Senior Girls’ 100 metres; 13.22s), incoming Deputy Head Boy Stephen Wright (Senior Boys’ 800 metres; 2 minutes 00.05s) and Jordan Brown (Senior Boys’ High Jump; 1.71 metres) all attaining individual silvers, alongside Matthew Sykes, who came close to emulating brother Adam’s heroics with second place in the Junior Boys’ 100 metres (11.71s); Jenna Breen, who followed her 300 metre victory with runner-up in the Intermediate 100 metres (12.18s); and the Senior Girls’ sprint relay team of Claire McKane, Tia Cashman Hooke, Neve Armstrong and Sophie Larmour, whose time of 52.34 seconds also saw them cross the finish line in second.    

Last but not least, Grosvenor’s extraordinary medal haul on the day was rounded off by impressive bronze medals from Helena Rieske (Intermediate Girls’ hammer; 26.73 metres), incoming Head Boy Andrew Hagen (Senior Boys’ 2000 metres steeplechase; 7 minutes 04.77 seconds) and Nathan Stewart (Inter Boys’ 200 metres; 23.24s), as well as the Senior Boys’ 4 x 400 metres relay team of Gareth Campbell, Nathan McBride, Andrew Hagen and Stephen Wright (3 minutes 41.72s); the Junior Boys’ 4 x 100 metres team, comprising Joel Conn, Charlie Parke, Noah Graham and Matthew Sykes (48.75sec); and the Minor Boys’ sprint relay team of Omar Simones, Sam Stewart, Ben Robinson and Ethan Trill (50.48sec).

Such phenomenal success does not come about by accident and, in this regard, huge credit is extended to GGS coaches Mrs Karen Kirk, Mr Mark McDowell, Mrs Rachael Murdock, Mrs Charlene Hunter and Mr Shane Johntson, who have worked wonders to bring the best out of the talent available to them; as well as their compatriot Mr Andrew Gibson, currently on a career break, who has coached the record-breaking Inter Boys’ relay team outside school in his spare team, passing on his expertise to sensational effect.

Well done to all of the School’s athletes who performed so well as last weekend’s Championships; hopefully they can emulate this success when many of them travel to Tullamore on 1st June to compete at the forthcoming ‘Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools’ Track and Field Championships’ where, once again, we hope they can help the School to ‘best ever’ results 

Grosvenor's Intermediate Boys' and Girls' sprint relay teams, both of whom secured gold at this year's Ulster Schools' Track and Field Championships, held at the Antrim Forum on Saturday 18th March.

Intermediate sprinter Adam Sykes proudly displays his three gold medals from this year's Championships - in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 1 00 metres sprint relay. 

Jenna Breen, Year Eleven, with her gold medal from the Intermediate Girls' 300 metres.