The recipients of the 2019 John Carlin primary school athletics awards are Caolan Mc Fadden, Creeslough NS and Riona Doherty, St. Mary's National School, Stranorlar.

They were adjudged to have been the stand out competitors in the recent athletics finals at the Patsy McGonagle Arena, Finn Valley after 1,300 youngsters came from 87 schools.

Caolan McFadden

Add in the regional qualifying heats and close to 4,000 children took part.

It marks a great honour not only for the youngsters involved but for the school and parents all of whom have embraced the project.

The awards are presented in memory of late John Carlin, Crossroads, Killygordon, a former Ulster champion and Donegal high jump record holder.

The family will be represented by Sean Carlin himself a former national senior champion, Irish International and record holder, who will  be accompanied by four times Irish Olympic Team Manager Patsy Mc Gonagle when the award ceremonies begin next week  with a  visit  to each school.

This award is based on excellent performances in the finals based on fact that they are final  year primary school children
This was the 49th annual primary school athletics challenge and was widely regarded as the best to date as we move towards the 50th anniversary in 2020.

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