Sarah's an All-Star student

By Maria Pepper

Published 15/10/2016 | 00:00

All-Star nominee Sarah and some of her classmates with teachers Joe Cummins and David Crowdle and in action (inset).
All-Star nominee Sarah and some of her classmates with teachers Joe Cummins and David Crowdle and in action (inset).
All-Star nominee Sarah and some of her classmates with teachers Joe Cummins and David Crowdle and in action (inset).

Eighteen-year-old Piercestown girl Sarah O'Connor has 720 cheerleaders on her side as she bids to become one of Ireland's youngest Camogie All-Stars.

As a a 6th year student at Loreto secondary school, Sarah is one of the youngest nominees on this year's list which will be decided on November 5 and is being cheered on by all her fellow students.

The Leaving Cert student is one of four Wexford All-Star nominees with former Loreto girls Mags DArcy and Kate Kelly and Oulart/The Ballagh representative Shelley Kehoe also in contention.

Sarah of St. Martin's GAA club, has been playing camogie with the Loreto since first year, winning an U.14 B title in the Leinster Post Primary Schools Camogie Championships and a Senior B title in 2014, graduating to Division A with Loreto school being the only school in Leinster to reach Division A in both camogie and football.

'She's a phenomenal player. You could see it from first year. It was obvious to anyone who coached her. It wasn't a surprise when we heard she was nominated. She would always have been playing above her age,' said Loreto teacher Paudge Brennan.

Sarah who only started playing senior camogie with Wexford this year and has been nominated in the half-back position is not the youngest Wexford player to have been nominated for an All-Star. That honour lies with Katrina Parrock who was nominated in 2006 at the age of 15.

'Everyone in the school is very excited for her. We're all very proud of her and we wish her the best of luck on November 5 in the City West Hotel in Dublin,' said Mr Brennan.

Sarah has an amazing family pedigree in sport. Her maternal grandmother Kit Codd was the first woman in the history of camogie to win all-Ireland medals with two different counties, Dublin and Wexford in the 1960's.Her mother Máire Codd played in All-Ireland camogie finals with Wexford in the 1990's. Her brother Joe is enjoying his first year playing on the Wexford County Senior Hurling team. Sarah's uncles Tomás Codd and George and John O' Connor were on the 1996 All-Ireland winning Wexford hurling team while her father Arthur O' Connor played senior football with Wexford.

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