Sliabh Beagh ASC sponsored by Scotstown Pharmacy.

Ulster Schools Swimming Minor and Novice Championships.

CONGRATULATIONS to our young swimmers who represented their schools in the Ulster Schools Swimming Minor & Novice Championship last Saturday morning in Ballymena. It was a very early start but from the first whistle it was all systems go by the 9 swimmers.

The Walker sisters represented Bunscoil Lughaidh Naofa Georgina  won GOLD in 25m Br & SILVER in 25m Fr. Older sister Darcy won GOLD 50m Br & SILVER in 50m Fr.

We had 5 swimmers representing Gaelscoil Ultain – making their debut to the gala scene – Mac Cinna sisters Aoibheann (50m Bk & Fr) Caoimhe (25m Bk & Fr)  Caolan (50Fr) & Aoife McKenna(25m Bk & Fr) and Aoibheann McNamee (25m Fr)  All of them swam fantastic, the future is looking good for these young swimmers.

Hannah Sheridan represented St Louis GNS, Monaghan – 2 good swims by Hannah she just missed making the finals in 50m Bk & Fr but produced great PB’s in both her races.

Last swimmer of the day was Sheenagh Mckenna representing St Louis Secondary Monaghan Sheenagh won BRONZE in 50Fr & placed 4th in 50Bk.

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National Post- Primary Schools Triathlon.

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The national post-primary schools triathlon was held at omagh leisure centre last sun 21st May.  3 members of sliabh beagh swimming club and a previous member all took part , representing their schools. Oran Mc Gee representing St Macartans, Monaghan. Sheenagh Mc Kenna representing St. Louis Secondary , Monaghan, Emily and Daniel Madden representing Our Ladys Secondary School Castleblayney.

There were a total of 100 entrants divided into four age groups. Emily and Oran as seniors were in the pool first. They both swam 400M followed by a 12.km cycle and a 8.km run. Daniel raced as a junior completing a 300M swim, 8km cycle and 2km run.  Sheenagh had the longest  wait to partake in her first triathlon as a minor completing a 200M swim, 6km cycle and  1.5km run.

Emily and Oran competed well in what turned out to be perfect race conditions, if a little breezy on the bike.  Their final leg of a 8km run was 4 laps of a partly grass, partly track course. They had stiff competition but both finished as 5th male and female respectively.

Daniel was competing in his second triathlon having completed the schools event in Monaghan in April. He is showing  a  flair for the sport and is enjoying the buzz of racing. He finished in a respectable 8th place in his category.

Sheenagh was taking part in her first  ever triathlon. Her preparations did not go according to plan and she ended up on a replacement bike.  She was the first overall out of the water after a …m swim but her bike let her down on the cycle. She still managed to finish in a hard earned position of 5th female!

Well done to all!


Sliabh Beagh Aquasprint team in final.

Good luck to the Aquasprint team who head to Lurgan this weekend for the Final of the Forest Feast League. Good luck all!


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