Going for Gold!

Shortly before the Halloween break, some of our pupils achieved great success on the sporting front – on a national stage too – which is even more impressive!

First up was our team of swimmers.  Representing St. Peter’s at the Swim Ulster Regional Minor School Championships, sisters Kayla (P5) and Leona (P6) McCartney, Amy Lee Hart (P6) and Sean Carragher (P7) journeyed to Bangor, to compete against schools from all across the north.  They did fantastically; three out of our team of four have qualified for the All Ireland Championships in Dublin!


The McCartney sisters swam exceptionally well in freestyle and breaststroke, with Leona qualifying for the championships in Dublin.   The breastroke event was very exciting and in the final, Leona was joined by Amy Lee, meaning that St. Peter’s had two finalists out of ten!

Sean swam brilliantly in the IM event (which is a combination of all four strokes) and knocked a few seconds off his best time to make sure that he also qualified for the finals in Dublin!

We know Leona, Amy Lee and Sean will continue their preparations over the next few months before the All Ireland Championships in February.  We would like to thank the parents for mentoring and cheering on the team!

Next up is Reuben from Primary Seven.  Reuben has shown himself to be a skilled gymnast, training with the Northern Ireland Development Squad and previously winning their only gold medal at the British Championships in June.  He was invited to compete against over fifty other gymnasts for one of ten places on the Talent Development Squad, which trains with the British Olympic trampoline coaches!


The trials were held on the 15th October in Belfast and the young athletes were tested across many skills and routines.  Reuben’s routine involved ten different movements and finished off with a very tricky pike front!

Even though the standard of competition was extremely high, Reuben was delighted to receive a phonecall with great news to say that he had made the squad!

All at St. Peter’s wish Reuben the best in the upcoming sessions, as part of the development squad!


Congratulations all round, not forgetting that such success is down to hard work and commitment.

by John Campbell on October 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

Well done my little sisters. I wonder where you both got the talent from?

by Carly on January 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

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