Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School’s hugely talented track and field athletes who produced a series of outstanding performances at the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools’ Track and Field Championships. Grosvenor’s competitors emerged with their heads held high, securing an impressive six medals, including two gold, to ensure the School’s most impressive ever showing at this prestigious competition.
The Grosvenor Senior Boys 4 x 100 metres relay team claimed gold in spectacular fashion. Lewis Hamilton, Nathan Stewart, Joseph McNaughten and Adam Sykes, all Year 12, claimed gold in an impressive 44.46 seconds – over three quarters of a second ahead of their nearest rivals. The Grosvenor boys outclassed everyone on the day and it was a fitting follow-up to their Ulster record-breaking performance two weeks earlier when they broke a record that had been in place for 21 years. The Ulster Championships also saw the Grosvenor Grammar School boys win the overall cup for boys for the first time in the history of the School.
Jenna Breen, Year 11, produced a scintillating run in the Intermediate girls 300 metres to secure first place in a personal best time of 39.48 seconds. Jenna also performed superbly in the 100 metres sprint to claim silver, capping off an incredible two years for her on the track.
Grosvenor’s medal haul was supplemented as a hat-trick of bronze medals was secured by Dylan McBride, Year 11, in the Intermediate Boys 1500 metres; Matthew Sykes, Year 10, in the Junior Boys 100 metres (11.73 seconds) and the Minor Girls 4×100 metres relay team, made up of Eva Wainwright, Mia Ferguson, Ellie Burgess and Amelee McCullough, in a personal best time of 53.17 seconds.
Despite the GGS medal count finishing on an impressive half dozen, it would be unfair to ignore a number of fine performances that were delivered by additional Grosvenor competitors. Both the Intermediate Girls sprint relay team – of Sarah McCreery, Victoria Lloyd, Rhea Stewart and Jenna Breen – as well as the Senior Girls team, of Claire McKane, Tia Cashman-Hooke, Neve Armstrong and Sophie Larmour, were unlucky to finish just one place off the podium.
Amongst other notable performances were Adam Sykes, who was placed fifth in the Inter Boys 200 metres, as well as sixth in the 100 metres, and Gareth Campbell, who finished sixth in the Senior Boys 2000 metres steeplechase.
Principal Dr Vasey was delighted for her pupils and staff and commented: ‘We have wonderful pupils who represent our school with pride. Every competitor is a shining ambassador for Grosvenor and the dedication shown by our staff is second to none. Thank you to everyone involved – our pupils, parents and staff. So many of our pupils’ family members and friends travelled down to the Championships to offer support and we really value and appreciate it. We look forward to continued success in the future!’