St Killian’s GCSE student Róisín O’Kane picked up a Bronze medal at the European Under 20s Track and Field Athletics finals in Leiria in Portugal at the weekend. Róisín’s throw of 29.81 was a PB and good enough to collect 3rd place, despite the 15 year-old being in a competition that featured athletes up to 5 years older than the Glenravel girl. The bronze medal also helped her club team Antrim and Ballymena AC gain second place overall in the competition.
She is pictured on Monday morning showing her bronze medal to St Killian’s Principal Mr Jonny Brady on her return to the school.
Mr Brady commended Róisín for her dedication in achieving personal goals in her athletics. “Róisín has fully participated in a number of extra-curricular activities at the College. Last year I recall her playing for St Killian’s in the Ulster Senior camogie final.”
“However it is in cross-country and athletics that she has really excelled and represented St Killian’s at provincial and All-Ireland level. This is a fully merited result, the culmination of a lot of hard work and a stepping stone to what we hope will be a brilliant careers in athletics.” “I particularly commend her on her PB,” he added. “Last week at Prize-giving, Róisín received a commendation in her absence for achieving 2 academic PBs. She sat GCSE exams in Maths and Irish despite being a Year 11 student and achieved an A* in both. This year she will take on a further 9 GCSEs and we look forward to her adding to her top grades.”