Youths go head to head for title
FORGET ABOUT London, the games came to the shores of Wexford last week when the South East's five community training centres went head to head in a special day long battle of endurance.
Flying the flag for Wexford was a group of determined athletes from Youth Train in Cornmarket.
Aged 16-21, these trainees showed their mentors and peers that achievement is not simply about certificates and accreditation when they excelled in a series of activities which aimed to measure their degree of skill in a wide variety of non-academic areas.
Tag rugby, athletics and speed typing were just some of the events held on the day and there was a sure sense of camaraderie amongst the contestants.
Noel Ferguson of the I.R.F.U and Jimmy O'Neill of Menapians Athletic Club were on hand to facilitate these activities.
According to Paul O'Brien of Youth Train Wexford, credit must be given to the students from the FETAC Level 5 course who did 'a fantastic job of organising the entire event as part of their module in team work'.
Of course the day wouldn't be complete without a degree of healthy competition.
Each centre collected points from the different events and at the end of the day Kilkenny Community Training Centre were declared the overall winners.
However, the Wexford contingent insured that they are eager to claim the title at next year's event!
Staff at Youth Train noted the fantastic sense of camaraderie amongst the trainees on the day and in the lead up to the event during the planning stage.
As a result, it has been decided to repeat the event again next year.