Ulster Schools’ District Athletics Success 2018

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s talented track and field athletes who enjoyed a huge amount of success at the recent District 'A' Championships, held at Belfast’s Mary Peters Track on Wednesday 1st and Friday 3rd May.

In the boys events victories were achieved by Matthew Sykes (Minor Boys 100 metres; 12.68s), Joel Conn (Minor Boys Long Jump; 4.96 metres), Dylan McBride (Junior Boys 1500 metres; 4 minutes 24.65s). Robbie Dugan (Junior Boys Triple Jump; 10.4 metres), Robbie Dugan (Junior Boys Triple Jump; 5.37m), Reece Halliday (Junior Boys Hammer; 22.33m), Adam Sykes (Inter Boys 100 metres; 11.67s), Stephen Wright (Inter Boys 800 metres; 3 minutes 03.8s), Gareth Campbell (Inter Boys Steeplechase; 4 minutes 48.64s), Joel Wyatt (Senior Boys 100 metres hurdles; 21.46m, and 400 metres hurdles; 67.57s), Nathan Chan (Senior Boys Triple Jump; 12.77m, and Long Jump; 5.94m) and James McMaster (Senior Boys Shot; 10.26m, and Hammer, 30.92m), as well as the Inter Boys 4 x 100 metres relay team of Lewis Hamilton, Nathan Stewart, Joseph McNaughton and Adam Sykes (46.76s).

In addition, silver medals were achieved in the male events by Adam Davidson (Junior Boys High Jump; 1.52 metres), Michael Baird (Junior Boys Triple Jump; 10.26m), Shane Laverty (Junior Boys Hammer; 20.92m), Nathan Stewart (Inter Boys 100 metres; 11.83s) and Andrew Hagen (Inter Boys 1500 metres steeplechase (2 minutes 03.22s), as well as the Minor Boys 4 x 100 metres relay team of Corey Croskery, Joel Conn, David Foster and Matthew Sykes (53.02s), the Junior Boys team, comprising Michael Hewitt, Robbie Dugan, Dylan McBride and David Dillon (49.83s) and the Senior Boys 4 x 400 metres team, of Aaron Harrison, Stephen Wright, Nathan McBride and Joel Wyatt, in 3 minutes 52.60s.

Finally amongst the boys, impressive performances were also recorded by the following pupils in their attainment of bronze medals: Joshua Ness (Mini Boys 800 metres; 2 minutes 28.79s), Dylan McBride (Junior Boys 200 metres; 25.27s), Michael Baird (Junior Boys High Jump; 1.52m), Nathan McBride (Senior Boys 100 metres; 53.16s), Joel Brown (Senior Boys High Jump; 1.63m) and the Mini Boys 4 x 100 metres relay team (Ben Robinson, Daniel Parkinson, Ethan Trill and Sam Stewart; 57.0s).

In the girls events, meanwhile, the outstanding success of the boys was matched as a number of girls produced impressive performances to earn themselves podium places. Amongst these, gold medallists included Jenna Breen (Junior Girls 100 metres; 12,77s, 200 metres; 26.73s) and Tia Cashman-Hooke (Inter Girls 80 metre hurdles; 13.92s) as well as the Mini Girls 4 x 100 metres relay team of Eva Wainwright, Mia Ferguson, Ellie Burgess and Amelee McCullough (57.24s) and the Senior Girls 4 x 100 metres relay team, comprising Claire McKane, Holly Brannigan, Anna Stanfield and Sophie Larmour (53.46s).

In addition silver medals were secured by Erin Tumilson (Junior Girls High Jump; 1.38m), Sarah McCreery (Junior Girls Triple Jump; 9.09m), Helena Reiske (Junior Girls Discuss; 20.79m, and Hammer; 25.18m), as well as the Junior Girls 4 x 100 metres relay team (Neve Armstrong, Jenna Breen, Sarah McCreery and Erin Tumilson; 53.79sec) and the Minor Girls 4 x 100 metres team (Ellie Roberts, Freya Murray, Lucy Simpson and Eve Stanfield; 56.71s).

Finally, congratulations are extended to Eva Wainwright (Mini Girls Long Jump; 4.06m), Alicia Gallagher (Junior Girls Javelin; 21.70m), Sasha Clare (Inter Girls Javelin; 25.14m), Sophie Larmour (Senior Girls 100 metres; 13.62s) and Anna Stanfield (Senior Girls Triple Jump; 10.00m), along with the Inter Girls 4 x 100 metres relay team (Abigail Magill, Victoria Lloyd, Rhea Stewart and Tia Cashman Hooke; 54.32s), each of whom performed commendably to secure bronze medals in their respective events.

Given the extent of the School’s success as outlined above, it is of little surprise that the achievements of its athletes also resulted in its Junior Boys team placing first in the overall team event, with the Inter Boys also performing superbly to finish in second place. Amongst the girls teams the School’s athletes also fared well in helping the Junior Girls team to finish second overall, while the Mini Girls placed third in their respective category. 

Well done to everybody who performed so well at the recent District Championships, as well as their dedicated team of coaches, led by Mr Gibson and Mrs Kirk; we wish all of the School’s qualifiers the best of luck as they compete at the hotly-contested Ulster Schools Athletics Championships, at The Antrim Forum, on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May and, hopefully, look forward to reporting on further successes from this event.

The GGS Senior Girls 4 x 100 metres relay team, comprising Holly Brannigan, Anna Stanfield, Claire McKane and Sophie Larmour, following receipt of their gold medals at this year's District Athletics Championsips at The Mary Peters Track.

Year Twelve pupils Gareth Campbell (right) and Andrew Hagen, who achieved gold and silver respectively in the Intermediate Boys Steeplechase event.

Year Ten pupil Jenna Breen - gold medalist in the Junior Girls 100 and 200 metres events. 

Year Fourteen pupil Nathan Chan - gold medalist in the Senior Boys Long Jump and Triple Jump events.