NEWRY JUNIORS RECLAIM THE ARTHUR MC DONALD TROPHY

NEWRY JUNIORS RECLAIM THE ARTHUR MC DONALD TROPHY

Saturday 5th of November saw the junior swimmers from Newry and Mourne ASC take to the blocks to compete in the Arthur Mc Donald gala, a gala specifically for novice swimmers age 11 and under, some as young as 6 and some very nervous. This gala is held annually to commemorate Arthur Mc Donald, a coach from Newry who encouraged all children to take part in swimming, with clubs from Armagh, Lurgan, Portadown and Newry taking part. Portadown were last year’s winners but the Newry junior squad still jubilant from their promotion of last season were determined to bring the cup back to its native town.

As always the proceedings kicked off with the medley relays and Newry took 2 out of the 4 up for grabs. Moving on to the heat stage of the individual events, Newry swam with purpose and managed to secure a strong team of swimmers to compete in the afternoon’s finals. Point after point was collected by the team with outstanding performances coming from Maeve O’ Hare and Tom Magill who both won all 4 events in their age group. Ella-Grace Heaney took 2 gold and a bronze, Teagan Carville took 2 gold and Tiernan Carroll took a gold, 2 silver and a bronze. When the final tally of points were added up Newry claimed a very sweet victory with a score of 340 points, 117 ahead of their closest rival.

Thank you, as always, has to go to the parents and coaches who helped out on the day, head coach Paul Rogers and the staff of Newry Leisure Centre. An even bigger thanks has to go to fellow swimmers, John, Polly, Keven, Niall, James, Kerry, Ciara, Liam Og, Lewis and Tara, led by club captain Oran Mc Stay. Although unable to swim themselves on this occasion, these youngsters showed what makes this club stand out from the rest by volunteering to help and encourage their younger, less experienced team mates to do what they do best SWIM!