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Shimna Sports Day Brings Thrills and Team Spirit to Donard Park

Students from Year 8 to Year 11 showcased their athleticism, camaraderie, and competitive spirit at Shimna's annual Sports Day. The sun smiled upon us with Donard Park providing the perfect backdrop.

Under the guidance and organization of our dedicated Head of PE, Barry Dagan, and with the support of the talented Jacinta Doyle, this year's Sports Day was nothing short of spectacular. From the track to the field, the energy and enthusiasm were palpable as our students competed in a wide range of disciplines.

The athletics events kicked off the day with breathtaking speed and agility. Students sprinted their way through the 100m, 200m, and 800m races, leaving spectators in awe of their lightning-fast strides. The relay race showcased their teamwork, as they passed the baton with precision and determination.

In the field events, students demonstrated remarkable talent and technique. The long jump saw competitors soar through the air, while the javelin, high jump, discus, and shot-putt events showcased their strength, precision, and skill.

Head of PE, Barry Dagan, expressed his pride in the students' performances, stating, "Sports Day is an opportunity for students to showcase their abilities and embrace the spirit of healthy competition. I am amazed by the talent and effort displayed by our students today."

Head of PE, Jacinta Doyle, who played a vital role in organizing the day, added, "Sports Day is not only about competition but also about building friendships and fostering a sense of community. It's wonderful to see students from different year groups come together and support each other."

Year 11 student Katie Ross shared her excitement, saying, "Sports Day is always one of my favourite events of the year. It's a chance to challenge ourselves, have fun, and cheer on our friends."

Marta Forde, also from Year 11, emphasized the importance of teamwork, saying, "Participating in team sports like netball and football strengthens our bonds and teaches us the value of collaboration. We all come together as a unified team, and that's what makes Sports Day so special."

As the day drew to a close, with medals awarded and spirits high, it was clear that Sports Day had been a resounding success. The dedication and sportsmanship displayed by our students were truly inspiring.

Congratulations to all participants, winners, and supporters who contributed to making this a memorable event.

Principal Steve Pagan says, " Whilst we have local, national and world champions amongst us, sports are not just about competition; they also teach us valuable life lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and the joy of pushing our limits. I look forward to witnessing more extraordinary moments at Shimna Integrated College's future sporting events."



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