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Comhghairdeas le hAmy Ní hAmaill, dalta chéad bhliana i gColáiste Oiriall a bhuaigh an dara háit sa rása 1,500m do chailíní sóisearacha i gCraobh Lúthchleasaíochta Scoileanna na hÉireann sa Tulach Mhór. Tá an comórtas náisiúnta seo mar dheireadh de bhliain ar dóigh a bhí ag Amy.

 Is luthchleasaí í leis na Glaslough Hariers agus ar ndóighe tá muid uilig brodúil aisti.

Coláiste Oiriall student and Glaslough Harriers athlete, Amy Ní hAmaill, pulled out all the stops in an amazing performance that saw her win second place in her event at the All-Ireland Schools championships. Her silver medal was the best ever result for the school at these annual championships, which were held in the Tullamore Harriers Stadium. The championships, held in near perfect weather conditions, saw events fully-subscribed, as competition places were highly sought after in the qualifying stages.

Amy, representing Coláiste Oiriall in the Junior Girls’ 1500m race, accomplished a spectacular feat and set herself a new Personal Best performance.Throughout the race she sat comfortably in seventh position but as she passed the bell for the final lap, she moved into fourth place. At the 200m mark, she made her bid and pushed home, taking second position on the line. This was great tactical race for Amy.

Amy  has had a tremendous year in the athletics front.  Earlier in the year she was awarded the Young Athlete of the Year for the Under 15 age group from Ulster Athletics Association and while she was still only 12 years of age. She competed in the Ulster District “D” minor girls’ cross- country championship which was led in Scotstown in late January. She ran out easy winner to take home the gold medal. Unfortunately due to illness she was unable to compete in the subsequent All-Irelands. 

In the Monaghan VEC Cross Country Championships held in Black Island in March Amy also won Gold medal although she was competing in an age level above her own. In the Monaghan VEC County Sports Day held in Inver College Amy cruised to victory in the 800m for first year girls and she jumped 1.33m in the high jump to see her secure first place in both events and receive a special double gold medal for this feat.  In the Ulster Track and field Districts held in the Antrim Forum earlier recently Amy came first in the Junior Girls 1500 meters and second in the High Jump. 

Her placing at the subsequent Ulster competition meant that she was to compete in Tullamore in the Aviva Schools All Ireland Track and Field Competition on June 4th. Amy ran a very tactical race where she found herself in seventh place on the final bell. Her previous sprint training was evident when she overtook her competitors and scooped the silver medal on a time of 4.50.32. Aisling Quinn from Mercy Convent Waterford received the gold medal in this race on a time of 4.47.55 and third place went to Niamh Cotter of Ardscoil Phobal Bheanntraí on 4.51.41 which is an indication of how tight the race finish was. This is a huge achievement for Amy who will still be underage for this same event next year.