Best wishes to all our Olympians

by Rose Barrett

Mayor of Fingal and the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council have extended their best wishes on behalf of all the citizens of Fingal to the five local athletes who have been selected to represent Ireland in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021.

After their incredible performance at the 49er Olympic Qualifier in Lanzarote, Sean Waddilove, of Skerries Sailing Club, and teammate Robert Dickson, of Howth Yacht Club, will be representing Ireland in sailing at the Toyko Olympics.

Andrew Coscoran from Balbriggan will also be competing in the Games. The 25-year-old, who competes with Star of the Sea Athletic Club, qualified after running the fastest 1,500 metres by an Irish athlete in eight years.

Hugo Lennox, a member of Skerries Rugby Club, will be part of the Rugby Sevens team in Tokyo. This is the first time that Ireland will field a rugby team in the Olympics, with the Rugby Sevens event only making its debut in 2016 at Rio.

Sarah Hawkshaw of Castleknock completes the quintet of Fingal members who are heading to the Olympics as part of Team Ireland. The Railway Union Hockey Club player has been named on the 16-player Irish Hockey national team which will compete at the upcoming games and look to emulate their performance at the 2018 World Cup when they won the silver medal.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh, said: “On behalf of everybody in Fingal, I want to wish this talented group the very best in the upcoming Olympic Games.  Having taught Sean and Hugo in St Patrick’s Senior National School, it has been incredible to watch them on their journey from sporty children to elite athletes participating in the Olympics. Go n-éirí an tá leo!”

CE of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, said: “We are so proud of the Fingal participants who have worked and trained vigorously over the years to get to where they are today. They are an inspiration to many. We will all be thinking of them over the next few weeks as they make the final preparations for Tokyo.” 

The 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from July 23 to August 8.

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