International Selection for Leevale Athletes at Tailteann Games 

A group of 12 Leevale athletes represented the Munster school’s team at the Tailteann games interprovincial games held in Morton stadium Santry on Saturday.  This prestigious event is also the trials for Schools International selection, with the first 2 past the post guaranteed selection for the Irish team. 

Ella Scott had an impressive double taking the 80m Hurdles and the 100m sprint titles, both in PB times.  Ella won the 80m hurdles in 11.60s where she was raced all the way by Okwu Backari who ran a big PB of 11.64s to make it a Leevale 1-2 in this event.  Ella was a clear winner of the 100m sprint in 12.44s, where she was joined on the podium by clubmate Fatima Amusa, who recorded a PB of 12.59s in finishing 3rd.   

Josh Fitzgerald continued his tremendous season when winning the Pole Vault with an excellent PB of 4.20m. 

Nicole Dinan was on the podium twice, taking an excellent silver in the 800m in 2.14.76, before taking bronze in the 1500m (4.50.28). 

Maeve Fleming took joint 2nd in the High Jump with an excellent PB clearance of 1.68m, with the top 3 all clearing the same height in what was a highly competitive event. 

Ella (80m hurdles, 100m & 4x100m), Okwu (80m hurdles), Fatima (200m & 4x100m), Nicole (800m) and Josh (Pole Vault) have all been selected on the Irish team for the schools international to be held in Derby, England on 25thSeptember.  Maeve, having finished tied 2nd in the High Jump will take part in a jump off later this week to qualify for the team. 

Sean Carmody was most unfortunate to fall after the final hurdle of the 400m hurdle when well ahead of the field and tracking for a sub 55s time.  Sean came back to take 4th in a blanket finish in the 100m hurdles, clocking a PB of 13.79s in the process. 

Orla O’Sullivan took a super 3rd in the Triple Jump with a huge PB of 10.80m, finishing just 4cm outside of international selection.   

David Scanlon finished 3rd in the Discus with a PB throw of 37.44m 

Jessica Lyne finished 6th in the Javelin (29.62m), Oisin Whyte finished 7th in the 800m (2.02.37) and Kate Naughton 9th in the Discus (21.92m).