The Kerry schools competition was held on 20th October 2015 at Ballyseedy Woods; Tralee; Co.Kerry.
472 students took part in the recent competition. The first year students from nine schools in the county participated in the event which was run by Cappanalea OETC and was part of the wider Kerry ETB physical education Rich Task Initiative.
All students had completed a six week module of orienteering as part of their school based physical education programme. Evidence of their prior training and proficiency could be seen in through the low number of non-finishers on the day.
There were three courses set out for the event, all of equal distance and difficulty. The courses were graded at beginner “Orange” category and were 1.8km in length. Students were randomly assigned to one of the three courses and for the most part ran in pairs.
The three course winners were:-
· Michaela Harrington & Rhys Keane - (Causeway Comprehensive School)
· Robert Njie and James Njie - (Killarney Community College)
· Cian O’Sullivan & Gearoid Quilter – (Causeway Comprehensive School)
The overall school trophies which were based upon the finishing position of their top seven participants from each school, were awarded to:-
· Colaiste na Sceilig (Cahirciveen) in the ETB category and
· Presentation Convent Listowel in the Secondary schools category.
All students participating in the event were praised for their good behaviour; their positive sporting attitude and for the respect shown towards the environment. The success of the event is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the physical education teachers involved.