‘PExpo’ hosted at DCU tomorrow, Wednesday 29

Projects aim is to promote a better understanding of PE, sport, fitness and health among second level school students.

by Rose Barrett
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Projects from schools all over the country are featured in the ninth PExpo which takes place in DCU on Wednesday, March 29 from 10am. PExpo, developed in association with the Physical Education Association of Ireland, was first held in 2015 and is now in its ninth year. Its aim is to promote a better understanding of PE, sport, fitness and health among second level school students.

Topics to be highlighted include collisions in rugby, the use of creatine in training, sports injuries and mental health, why teenage girls drop out of sport, menstrual problems in female athletes, music in sport and much, much more. 

For the exhibition, based loosely on the Young Scientists format, students are invited to submit projects under one of nine headings, including the power of sport, technology in sport, well-being, components of fitness, nutrition, games development, psychology, and two categories linked to the physical education curriculum for the Leaving Certificate. 

A cash prize of €250 will go to the best overall projects in junior (first to third year) and senior (fourth to sixth year) categories.

“Winners in the nine categories will recieve trophies and medals. Projects are judged not only on their content but also on presentation and the ability of the students to explain their subject and their conclusions,” said Paddy O’Reilly of Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun and Chair of the organising committee.

“Judges this year will include Dublin footballer Philly McMahon, Olympic steeplechaser Michelle Finn and Irish volleyball coach Andrei Molnar.”

Last year’s overall winners were Caoimhe Molloy, Phoebe Lemon from St MacDara’s Community College in Templeogue, Dublin for a project entitled ‘Can improving a person’s motor skills help develop confidence?’

Dare to Believe

A new supporter of PExpo the year is the ‘Dare to Believe’ programme, run in conjunction with the Olympic Federation of Ireland. Two Irish Olympians – sprinter Marcus Lawler and rower Aifric Keogh – will attend PExpo ’23 to promote the values of ‘Dare to Believe’.

“As well as the Physical Education Association of Ireland, and ‘Dare to Believe’, other supporters of PExpo ’23 include Sport Ireland, Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing, South Dublin County Sport Partnership and DCU Sport,” said Paddy. “Photographers and journalists are welcome to visit PExpo ’23.”

Best wishes to all the participating schools from Dublin and across the country. Feature photo shows Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun students who will be presenting their work at tomorrow’s PExpo exhibition at DCU.

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