Community Games continues to draw the crowds

U14 girls and boys hurdlers pose in a tribute to Olympic hero Usain Bolt during the second weekend of the Community Games National Festival at Athlone IT. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

U14 girls and boys hurdlers pose in a tribute to Olympic hero Usain Bolt during the second weekend of the Community Games National Festival at Athlone IT. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The 2016 Community Games Festival proved a hit again as record numbers descended on Athone during two weekends of action.

More than 7,000 participants flocked to Athlone AIT armed with lots of support despite the inclement weather.

Participants and volunteers from more than 600 areas around Ireland make the festival a unique and memorable experience while representing everything that is good about sport and culture in Ireland today.

Gerard Davenport, president of Community Games, said: “In this Olympic year I have no doubt we have seen a number of future Olympians taking part in various events across our national festival”.

Bernie Brennan, marketing and PR director, added: “As we approach our golden jubilee, it is with great pride we can confirm this year’s festival was one of the most successful to date. Our ethos remains as strong as ever, with children’s health and wellbeing remaining our number one priority.”

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