Aine McKinney, a Year 11 student at Dominican College has just received the news that she has been selected for the NI team to compete in the UK Games in Manchester in September 2015.
Aine, a committed member of the Springwell Running Club, will stay in the Commonwealth athletes village and will compete in the Commonwealth Stadium.
This honour comes on the back of Aine’s most successful year yet. Earlier this year she attended the Ulster Cross Country finals. In May Aine was crowned Inter Girls Ulster 800M champion in a personal best time of 2 minutes 20 seconds and went on to win the silver medal for the same event in the Irish Championships, competing on both occasions with athletes older than her.
Aine completed her season by competing the in the Interprovincial Championships in Santry where she struck silver again, this time as a member of the 4 by 300M relay team.
A very delighted Aine is pictured with her recent haul of medals with Mrs Alison Park , her very proud Head of PE.
On Sunday 21st June a selection of year ten and year eleven students headed off to Paris for a four day cultural excursion. The itinerary was jam-packed and so students had the opportunity to see many of the famous Parisian landmarks such as L'Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Le Louvre, Les Jardins des Tuileries, L'Opera, Montmartre and even the Eiffel tower lit up after sunset. As well as a spot of sightseeing, students experienced the Parisian metro system and enjoyed a boat trip along the river Seine at dusk.
On the penultimate day of the trip the group visited Disneyland Paris and enjoyed many of the rides and amusements within the park. The day was capped off perfectly with a meal in Planet Hollywood followed by the spectacular Disney fireworks show.
The final stop on the tour was a trip to Montmartre and a visit to the iconic Basilique du Sacre Coeur where students were lucky enough to witness a service in progress. This was followed by a spot of lunch in the Place du Tertre amongst the many painters and artists at work.
All in all, it was a very successful trip allowing students to try out their French and soak up the culture in the beautiful surroundings of the French capital.
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The Dominican College Year 8 Gaelic Team won the Derry Vocational Schools B blitz for the second year running. The tournament was held last week in Derry’s Dungiven-based training ground.
The Dominican team topped their group, winning all three matches in the process beating St Paul's Kilrea B team, St Patrick's Dungiven B team and Sperrin Integrated along the way.
Adam Kosinski provided the bulk of the scores, ably assisted by Conor Carlisle and Ronan Houston. Dawid Ryzcko and Filip Rygielski were dominant in midfield and helped supply valuable assists. In the semi-final DCP were convincing winners over St Brigid’s Claudy, captain Ryan Taggart keeping his third overall clean sheet with the powerful support of defenders Danny Liken, Shea Wallace and Luke Carter-Woods. The Dominican forward line consisting of Dylan Sheppard, Callum White and Fintan McMahon showed their versatility by playing a number of different positions throughout the tournament.
DCP faced Sperrin Integrated in the final showdown in what proved to be a tight battle, with 30 seconds remaining DCP trailed by 1 point. Danny intercepted a sudden attack, sprinted down the right winning a free in the process. In the dying seconds the resulting free kick found Kacper Sobera who popped up with a crucial goal to seal a dramatic win.
Team Captain Ryan Taggart, who also plays for Glenullin, praised his teammates and commented “It is a pleasure to be captain of such a young team which has great potential. Mr Carey, ex Derry Captain, was an inspirational coach who always motivates our team and finds the best tactics possible to unlock rival teams. Many of the boys are also members of the teams which won the U-12 and U-13 Coleraine District B competitions. We hope next year to carry this success into the A competition”
Following on from their success the Dominican boys were delighted to welcome to school Sky sports ambassador Christy Toye on 16th June.
He gave an inspirational talk to our U-14 and junior Gaelic squads about his success with the Donegal team and his own individual journey from a shy eight year old starting out in the game to the confident team player who helped Donegal to secure the 1992 Sam Maguire.
Christy praised the team spirit of the young Dominican team and encouraged them to continue to hone and sharpen their skills on and off the ball.
Christy also spoke to some year 11 pupils about the positive impact Sport has had on his own life and key skills we can learn from participating in Sport.
Sky Sports ambassador, Christy Toye, is pictured with some of Dominican College’s junior Gaelic players.