An Award Ceremony for First Year Students from Our Lady’s College was held on Tuesday 14th March , following their phenomenal success at a Schools Indoor Rowing Relay event in University of Limerick, hosted by Rowing Ireland’s Get Going… Get Rowing Programme.
Our Lady’s College, the newly amalgamated college of the Mercy Secondary and the Presentation Secondary came out in force for the UL Rowing Blitz on 1st of March. Twenty of Our Lady’s College 1st year students travelled to Limerick with their T.Y. coaches and teachers to compete against 600 athletes from around the country.
All five Our Lady’s College teams performed very well on the day thanks to the support and dedication of their T.Y. coaches under the constant guidance of Jen Cunningham from “Get Going… Get Rowing”. The Get Going… Get Rowing programme is an initiative jointly funded by Rowing Ireland and NUI Galway to encourage schools to engage with both the sport and with NUI Galway as a premier campus option. According to Jen, “OLCG are one of the big success stories from the Connacht “Get Going Get Rowing” programme! Great praise and deservedly so – the final relay team from OLCG beat their nearest competitors by 18 seconds – not a bad result for their first event!
Due to a mix-up with relay times on the day, the OLCG team were not awarded on the day and received the following acknowledgement from the organisers:
“We would like to give a special mention to Our Lady’s College, Galway who were incredibly sporting with the mix up over their win. They won by such a large margin they were 4 seconds off the winning second year time”.
Presenting the Trophy to the winning team was Mike Heskin , Director of Sport and Physical Activity at NUI Galway. In his speech, Mike referred to the importance of learning how to apply ones self through sport and how this would serve the girls very well into their future lives at third level and beyond. He pointed out that this very day could mark the first day in the journey of one of these girls becoming a world champion. He mentioned the many variety of sports on offer at NUI Galway and the intrinsic link between success at sport and academic achievement. Finally, he acknowledged Our Lady’s College for embracing the Get Going… Get Rowing programme so wholeheartedly and going from strength to strength, resulting in the school formally affiliating as a Our Lady’s Rowing Club with Rowing Ireland. This would not have been possible without the full engagement of local club, Galway Rowing Club, who facilitated Our Lady’s from the very start and opened their doors to the Get Going… Get Rowing Programme. The next part of the school’s rowing journey will take place this weekend when Our Lady’s travel to Limerick to race their first ever race at St. Michaels Head. Mike wished them every success into the future.
The future looks golden.