DUBLIN schools shone at the seventh annual PExpo which was held virtually this year with judging taking place last Wednesday (May 5).
Mount Temple School had two winners: Harry Savar for his “Well-Being App” and Ella Cormack and Ella Travers for a project on “Developing Mini Games for child development”.
In the senior cycle physical education section, the winner was Thembi Nkosi, a fifth-year student at Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun for her project on the South African intersex athlete Castor Semanya.
“World Athletics came up with a ruling that women with differences in sex development would have to reduce their testosterone levels to less than 5 nmol/L if they wanted to compete,” Nkosi said of her project.
“Yet testosterone doesn’t work the same way for men as for women. These are people who don’t want athletes to take drugs, yet if you’re intersex, they’re asking you to take drugs. It doesn’t make sense.”
She also made the point that we are not all born equal when it comes to our physical abilities. “Take Michael Phelps the swimmer – he was a human fish! Should he have been banned because his arms were extra-long?”
Nkosi concluded that intersex women should be allowed to compete with women, since they will never reach the same standard as men.
“They were born that way – it’s not as if they’re trying to have an advantage.”
From Sutton Park School, Ella Walsh and Ava Usanova won the junior award in the Sports Psychology category for their project on “The Use of Visualisation in Sport”.
Taking the senior award in the Power of Sport category were Lauren Quinn and Shauna Brannigan from St Mary’s HFC, Glasnevin for their comparison of gender retention rates in sport, in other words, how many boys and girls drop out of sport during their school years.
In the ICT and Sports Photography section, Charlie Rice, Kerry Atowo and Joshua Gaffney from St Joseph’s in Rush, won the senior award for their project on “Gamification of Defence”.
Donahies Community School took a special Irish Heart Foundation award for having the greatest number of entries in the exhibition.
Among them was the team of Carly Kinsella, Ellie Mooney, and Kayla Boyle whose project on “Should Kids Header a football?” won the junior award in the Components of Sport category.
Winning a special Women in Sport award were Ciara Murphy, Ella Cullen and Sarah McVeigh from Colaiste Bhride in Clondalkin for a project called “Same Game, Same Fame”.
Zahra Benyala from Loreto Crumlin, Dublin won the New School award for her project on “Does Your DNA Influence your Athleticism?”
This award was confined to schools entering the competition for the first time.