On Sunday February 12th our School Junior Relay Swimming Team won first place with a time of 2:36:03 in the All-Ireland Schools Swimming Competition in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
The whole school community is so proud of the boys and their outstanding achievement. We were delighted when they won Gold at the Ulster Finals in October and we are absolutely over the moon that they were able to top that performance by nearly 20 seconds to win Gold at a National Level. It’s not every day that we have All-Ireland Champions in our midst. These talented boys worked very hard with their coach Kieran Summerville over the last number of months and have shown great dedication. They worked extremely well together as a team and the training week in week out paid off, with all members of the team improving their times. There was great excitement in the school on Monday morning, when over 200 pupils and staff assembled in the hall to give the boys a hero’s welcome. The whole school watched a replay of the relay on the big screen in the hall and the excitement was palpable. After a post swim interview with the swimmers it was clear that this day will be a wonderful memory for the boys and their families for years to come. I would like to thank teacher, Mrs Karen Summerville, for coordinating the swim team here in school and to Kieran Summerville for coaching the pupils for both the individual events and the team relay. Three of the four boys, James, Darragh and Alan and another 4th Class pupil Lauren Foy swam personal bests in individual events before the relay swim on Sunday morning. A special thank you also to the children’s parents who support this event in many ways; by all accounts it will take them some time to get over the excitement of the weekend in Dublin.
Creevy National School has a strong history of promoting swimming and water safety and has a close relationship with the local swimming club the Marlins, the local swimming pool in Ballyshannon, Irish Water Safety and the local surf lifesaving club and we are delighted that these partnerships have produced such talented swimmers. Well done Boys! Comhghairdeas a bhuachaillí