It was a proud moment for Uiseann Cooke(6th Year), his family and Glenstal Abbey School when Uiseann was selected to carry the Irish flag at the recent European Junior Swimming Championships which were held in Kazan, Russia at the beginning of the month.
Uiseann was on the Irish Relay Squad that broke the Irish Junior record!
Uiseann also reached the semi-Finals in the 100 meter Breast Stroke and is now ranked 14th in Europe.
You will be familiar with Uiseann's achievements from previous posts on this website. His dedication to training means many 5.00am rises to travel into U.L. And how he manages to achieve such excellent academic results is also a great tribute to Uiseann.
Everyone here at Glenstal Abbey School is immensely proud of Uiseann's achievements and he is an inspiration to students and adults alike.
Uiseann's brother Aonghus(3rd Year) was in a very serious car accident last March. He was considered extremely fortunate by the doctors that he wasn't permanently injured as a result. He was told that it would be at least a year before he would recover. However, in true Cooke style and four months after the accident, Aonghus has fought back and defied medical opinion by achieving some remarkable results in the Swim Ireland Gala held in U.L. earlier this month.
Aonghus came away with four Silver medals in 100 meter Backstroke; 100 meter Breast Stroke; 200 meter Freestyle and 200 meter Individual Medley. He was unfortunate not to have won Gold in any these races and was never beaten by more than one second.
So, once again congratulations to Uilseann and Aonghus who have shown us all that nothing beats hard work and courage in adversity.