A total of 8 medals and 6 PB’s were won by the Irish athletes in Portugal.

9 Athletes represented Ireland at the IWAS Games held at Vila Real de Santo António in the south of Portugal the past week. They included Patrick Crossan (Belfast), Steven Bradley (Cork), Aryell Sheedy (Dublin), Cillian Dunne (Tipperary), Cian O’ Neill (Cork), Shane Curran (Galway), Ella Sherlock (Dublin), Dale O’ Sullivan (Cork) and Trix Schwedler (Kerry). While the athletes play a big part, the coaches and volunteers are equally as important! They included: Pat Furlong (Manager / Throws coach), Maria Furlong (Assistant Manager / Throws coach), Noel Brennan (Track Coach), Larry Dunne( Track Coach), Jean O’Sullivan (Safeguarding Officer / Throws coach) along with Marian Curran (Throws Support), Linda Bradley (Throws and Track Support), Dawn Sherlock (Underage Companion) & Therese Sheedy (Underage Companion)

A number of PB’s were achieved during the competition for a number of the athletes. Ella Sherlock in the 100m (T37) in a time of 20.84 also in the u20 Javelin competition while also picking up a Bronze medal!

Shane Curran had a Season Best in the F57 Javelin throwing 16.58m along with another PB in Shot Put throwing a distance of 7.27m. On top of the PB’s, Shane also won Bronze in the Discus event.

Steven Bradley created a new Irish record in the T36 1500m a fantastic achievement for the Corkman.

Aryell Sheedy had three new PB’s! The Dublin native won Silver in the u20 400m, Bronze in the T37 1500m and another Bronze in the 800m.

Tipperary’s Cillian Dunne won Bronze in three of his track events including the 100m, 400m and 1500m.

Trix Schwedler competed well in the Senior Women’s Javelin placing 3rd and claiming a Bronze medal.

There were some other notable performances from Patrick Crossan, Cian O’ Neill and Dale O’ Sullivan in each of their competitions and came up against some world class athletes.

Well done everyone on a fantastic games. Hopefully brilliant memories were made!

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