Irish Wheelchair Association,Clontarf
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
The lunch time break is generally the most anticipated event of the day, not so much for the food on offer as the entertainment it brings. This year was no exception, when we were joined by Alan and Andy from the Killester Mens National league squad. there were a few of our visitors who had their eyes set on victory yet again this year, so Any and Alan knew they needed some skilled assistance. David Cooke, our Mens A star tried to help them out but even his talent was no match for the players lining out from the visiting teams. Alan and Andy quickly made a few calls to secure some much needed support and along came John, Stavan, Stephen and Justin from the KillesterU17 team. These guys thought they were in for an easy afternoon but they were sorely disappointed. A combined "Special Legends" team wiped the floor with them and they were packed off home with a goodie bag to drown their sorrows!
While the number 13 is unlucky for some, it proved to be a GOLDEN day for the athletes who lined out in the IWA on Saturday, May 13 for the 13th edition of the now famous Killester Jamboree.
The early morning showers didn't deter any athletes from making the journey to were their colours with pride and celebrate what has been a great season for so many. Killester Volunteers, decked out in their signature red t-shirts, were there to welcome our friends from Mount Argus, Leixlip, Lakers and Sports Club 15. As in previous years, the event started with the parade of athletes, followed by the reading of the Athletes Oath, by Killester athlete, Claire Finn. A quick warm-up boogie got everyone set up for the divining portion of the day.
After these entertaining games, it was back to the business of the day. Each athlete gave their all and left nothing behind. with volunteers cheering and handing out high fives, each athlete was called to the centre of the Gym to be presented with their medal. Garda Ruth led the presentation brigade with Andy, Alex and Alan handing out the medals. Having had a very busy morning, Tony the Tiger just had time to park his bike before taking up guard duty to make sure no one left without one of his famous hugs. Goodie bags in hand, everyone turned to the door to make the long journey home, their smiles shining brighter than the medals they wore.
The last song played was aptly named "Greatest Day"......and it was the greatest day possible to end such a wonderful season!
The organising committee are yet again indebted to those who provide their time and energy on the day to make it such a success. To the staff at the IWA, the volunteers, the referees and officials, Alan, Alex, Andy, the U17 boys, Garda Ruth, the Order of Malta and, of course, Tony the Tiger, a massive THANK YOU from us to you. we really couldn't run the day without your help and assistance. But please, don't fret or frown or miss us terribly as we know where to find you all for next year! We've already started planning......