Team Ireland Selected for UK Schools Finals

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Later this month four athletes will travel to the 2018 School Games National Finals in the UK to represent Ireland in the triathlon category. This will involve three events including a mixed relay triathlon, bike skills challenge and an individual aquathlon.

Triathlon Ireland have selected Jordan Johnson, Emma Boyle, Oisin McGuigan and Ciara Brady to represent Team Ireland as a result of the finishing positions in our recent Post Primary School Triathlon Championships in Naas.

Congratulations to each athlete for putting in the effort at the regional and final events in the last few months. Congratulations and thanks must also go to the respective clubs involved in coaching and mentoring these athletes, the parents and guardians for their continued support and the schools that each of these athletes attend.

This is Triathlon Ireland's first year at the Games and see this as a regular event on the schools calendar going forward.

The 2018 School Games National Finals

The 2018 School Games National Finals, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK.

Between Thursday 30 August and Sunday 2 September, more than 1,400 young athletes will compete across 11 sports, five of which include disability competition, at venues across Loughborough University Campus.

Now in its 13th year, the School Games prides itself on providing a fun, competitive and safe environment for our future sports stars to experience a large, multi-sport event.

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Ciara Brady

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My name is Ciara Brady and I’m from Carnaross in County Meath. I’m a member of Virginia Triathlon and Cycling club in Cavan and I go to school at Eureka Secondary School. I started racing in triathlon last year and have loved training, racing and being part of such a supportive sporting community. Having come from mainly a running and Gaelic Football background I haven’t had a lot of experience and guidance with training so this is definitely the biggest opportunity I have had in triathlon. I’m excited to compete in England and represent my school and country. Hopefully the experience make me a better and stronger triathlete.

jordan johnson

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Jordan is a pupil at the Royal School Armagh.
He started in Armagh swimming club when he was eight, and has completed in the Ulster age groups and the Irish National division two, in the 100 & 200m breaststroke. He joined Armagh Pikekickers and Armagh athletics club. In April he won the Run Armagh 5k Road Race. He won the Row Valley triathlon two years ago. This year he has competed in the Crooked Lake triathlon and Tri Tyrone sprint distance where he was tenth overall. He was second in the Ulster Schools triathlon, and third in the Irish Schools triathlon. His biggest achievement so far is being selected for the schools games. Jordan is also a keen rugby player. Jordan is currently studying for his GCSEs, and hopes to study sports management at university.

Emma boyle

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Club: Predator Triathlon Club
School: Presentation College Athenry, Galway
Competitions: This is my first year doing sprint distance triathlons. I have completed in National Series Races in Schull (Fastnet), Westport, Lanesboro (2 Provinces) and Loughrea. I also competed in this years Duathlon National Championship in Letterkenny.
Other Interests: Outside of triathlon I do competitive swimming with Bluefin Swim club and I love baking and playing the piano (not at the same time).

Oisin McGuigan

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I am from Dromore in Co. Tyrone and go to school at the Christian Brothers in Omagh. I race triathlon as part of Omagh Triathlon Club but train and race with the Omagh Harriers and, my first and favourite, the Strule Dolphins Swimming Club.