Uiseann Cooke was named as Galway Young Athlete Swimmer of the Year for 2018.
What a year Uiseann has had winning Gold in the 50m Breaststroke at the Irish Summer Nationals in addition to claiming Silver in the 200m Breaststroke in a field of top international competitors at the same Championships.
Over the course of last year, Uiseann also qualified for a plethora of finals, including the Irish and Scottish Opens and these performances did not go unnoticed as he was the only Galway swimmer to be selected on the 25 strong Irish National Squad.
In December last Uiseann capped off a fine season when he as part of the Limerick Junior team broke the Irish record in the 4 x 50 Medley Relay.
Uiseann is a quiet achiever who doesn't like to be fussed over. Four mornings a week he gets up at 5.00am and heads into training in U.L. When he returns he faces a full day of classes and activities.
Unlike Uiseann, we like to make a fuss over him and his achievements. Uiseann has brought much pride to Glenstal Abbey School and continues to do so.
We wish him well for 2019 and look forward to hearing of his further successes in Swimming and academics.