International Children’s Games 2017
Venue: Kaunas, Lithuania, July 04-09, 2017
Kerry athletes bound for Lithuania
Tralee/Kerry will once again participate at this year’s International Children’s Games and Cultural Festival, which will be held in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania from July 04-09. In total 18 athletes from Kerry will participate in what is the thirteenth consecutive year of participation of Tralee ICG at the Games.
Tralee will be represented in boys’ soccer, girls’ basketball, Judo and track and field athletics. The host venue Kaunas, and competition among between 1300-1500 athletes from all around the world, combine to provide an exciting mix of culture, sport, education and social interaction for these young Kerry stars.
“We have been participating and successfully competing at these Games in many disciplines for 12 years now and this year’s event in Kaunas, Lithuania is likely to provide our athletes with fantastic colour and excitement, new experiences of culture in the Baltic states and superb sporting competition” according to Tralee ICG secretary, Mike Culloty.
“While there is much work involved in organising the registration and participation of the athletes it is always worthwhile when one sees the excitement and joys of participation at this level on the faces of our young boys and girls at the event.
“We are the first to admit that this would not be possible without the co-operation of the athlete’s parents and members of the public who are ever supportive of our fund raising efforts. We are also appreciative of the support of local businesses and indeed of Kerry County Council, whom we represent at the Games”.
Teams have been selected to represent Tralee ICG in Judo, Athletics and Ladies 3v3 basketball. The remaining 8 soccer players will be finalised on Sunday evening after the completion of further trials.
The ball is truly up and rolling now for the Kaunas Games and athletes and parents are looking forward to making the necessary arrangements for travel and accommodation and helping with the necessary fundraising activities in the months ahead.
Tralee ICG’s participation at this year’s event will mean that over 300 Tralee and Kerry athletes will have attended the Games since 2005 in cities all over the world in Europe, Asia and North America. The Games provide a fantastic, never to be forgotten experience of international sporting competition, and the opportunity of a lifetime for these young sport stars to pit themselves against their peers from around the world in their chosen sport disciplines.
Tralee, at the present time, remains the only Irish representatives at what is the world’s largest annual multi-sport youth event, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The efforts of the Tralee ICG voluntary committee is worthy of support and we wish all athletes well in their participation and preparation for the Kaunas Games in July.
Kaunas ICG Teams
Rachel Kilgallon , Aoife Dillane, Mary O Connell, Rebecca Conway
Chris Palmer, Sean Murphy,Marco Antonio Kauric
Mervyn Shalamba, Basit Oyejambi, Sean Pollmen-Daamen
Sean Mc Grath, Sean Kennedy, Soni Rramani, Padraig Hilliard, Kevin Goulding
Philip Evans, Leo Gaxha, Junior Ankomah,
We wish all our athletes a very successful Games in Lithuania