Success for Dromore pupils

Ethan Dunn and Robin Cantley.
Ethan Dunn and Robin Cantley.

Dromore High School pupils have had representative honours bestowed upon them in the sport of athletics throughout the summer and early autumn.

Having had successful performances in the Ulster Schools’ Championships, Ethan Dunn (Steeplechase bronze) and Robin Cantley (Discus silver), achieved qualification for the Irish Schools’.

These performances in the ‘Ulsters’ and Irish were enough to gain selection on the Ulster Schools’ Squad for the Tailteann Games (Inter Provincial) held at Santry Stadium in Dublin.

At the Tailteanns, both performed well with Ethan recording yet another PB, finishing 6th in 4m53.58s and Robin acquitting himself well with a very credible 7th place, throwing 33.42m.

Ethan was selected for the Northern Ireland Schools’ Squad to compete in the UK School Games, with Robin named as a reserve.

The prestigious competition, now in its tenth year, is a multi-sport event held across an intensive four-day period involving elite school-age athletes.

It is sponsored by Sainsburys with funding from the Legacy Trust UK, a charitable trust set up to ensure that the 2012 Summer Olympics generate a lasting legacy across the UK.

This year the city of Manchester hosted the event which took place in September.

Due to a late withdrawal, Robin was also called up to the squad to join his school colleague in what was the biggest stage either have experienced in their athletics careers.

In the toughest competition that either have undoubtedly faced, both Ethan and Robin finished in 7th place with performances of 5m06.44s and 33.10m respectively.

No doubt both will have gained valuable experience both in athletics terms and indeed in the whole sphere of multi-sport competition – the UK School Games was originally designed to replicate (albeit on a much smaller scale) multi-sport events such as the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.