PE Expo 2015: Shannon school scoops top award at Trinity Comp's inaugural PE convention
08 May 2015 02:46 PM
A project examining the skills needed for rugby and Gaelic football took the top prize at the inaugural PE Expo, hosted by Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymum.
The girls from St Patrick’s Comprehensive in Shannon used their passion for applied maths to examine – among other things – the perfect angle for a punted ball in rugby. Making up the team were, under the direction of teacher Siobhan McHugh.
The girls had put in over a month of hard slog into the project and set off from Shannon at 5.30am to make it to Dublin in time to set up their impressive project.
Getting a special award for the best peer-judged project was the team from St Oliver’s College in Drogheda. Temitope Oluwele, Tevin Thomas, Paul Akin and Louis Ogbone examined the components of fitness using a series of four tests. In the strength test, they were surprised to discover that strength often was innate, with the strongest person they tested not fit at all. Developing stamina, however, required work.
A number of teams invented new games, with the award for Best Group Project going to Tadgh Brennan and Alex Gough of DLS Waterford who invented a game called Gaelican – a cross between the Gaelic and American versions of football.
In another project, Craig McDonald, Lee Troy, Adam Tracey and Reece Cleary of Trinity CS invented a sport called goal tennis and this cross between football and tennis won the Implementation Award.
Taking a special merit award were Caelum, Laura, Silvia, Dylan, Labo and Denis of Merlin College with a project called ‘Sweat to CO2’. After examining the output of CO2 (and sweat) using a number of exercise machines, they discovered that the treadmill was the most strenuous form of indoor exercise, not the rowing machine, as they had expected.
Among those examining the reasons young people take up particular sports was Clara Langan from Trinity CS, who won the Project with Most Potential award.
She discovered that most young people took up the sports their families were already involved with.
St Dominic’s Cabra submitted a number of projects and Sarah Campion took the Best Individual award for her work on skill-related fitness.
Diet was another theme and one of the teams from Loreto Mullingar looked at the diets of a jockey, a diver and a rugby player.
Other schools who submitted projects included Sutton Park, Desmond College, FCG Bunclody and Fingal Community College.
“We’re delighted with how the event went and next year, we hope to be bigger and better,” said Paddy O’Reilly of the organising committee.
The date for PE Expo ’16 is Friday March 11 at a Dublin venue.
Supporters of PE Expo ’15 were the PEAI, Dublin Corporation, Trinity College Dublin, Celtic Sports Academy and The Herald.