The four Gaelscoil Liathroma teams which qualified from the Primary Schools Sports Hall Athletics Finals in Ballinamore to represent Leitrim in the All Ireland last Wednesday put up excellent performances.
Fifteen County winners contested the National Finals organised by Offaly Sports Partnership Co Ordinator Eamon Henry in the spacious AIT International Athletics Arena in Athlone.
The outstanding performance was that of the third and fourth class Girls team which finished an excellent third behind Donegal and Clare. The final position scoring in this event was Donegal 322, Clare 300, Leitrim 259, Meath 252, Laois 238, Louth 191, North Tipperary 189, Wexford 177, Roscommon 172, Offaly 170, Longford 156, Westmeath 130, Sligo 123, Galway 104 , Limerick 97.
In the third & fourth class boys event Leitrim shared fifth position with Louth.
The fifth and sixth class Girls event in Ballinamore Sportshall produced the closest result with Four Masters of Kinlough actually holding the lead until the second last of the twelve events. In this event the Leitrim winners, Gaelscoil Liathroma, finished eighth in Athlone.
In the fifth and sixth class boys event Leitrim took a fine sixth position as Clare and Donegal again dominated.
The performances of the Leitrim competitors vindicates the work of Leitrim Sports Partnership, Leitrim County Board AAI and the Athletic Clubs in promoting this event which attracted 20 schools and over a thousand competitors at County Level.
For Leitrim Sports Partnership leaders it is a just reward for the huge volume of preparatory work put into the competition and the purposeful involvement of so many children in good quality activity who would not otherwise have got involved in sport is a clear example of Sports Partnerships in conjunction with existing voluntary sportsbodies can make a real and lasting contribution to the fight against lack of adequate exercise by young people with it’s various consequences.