Deele College student Oisin Toye will have the honour of representing Ireland this weekend, when he dons the green vest of Irish athletics at the international underage cross country in Birmingham.
Oisin, who is in second year at the Raphoe school made the Irish team with a storming performance in Waterford last weekend, where he took bronze in the 3500 metre cross country event. Oisin ran a time of 13.33, which gave him third place on the podium and he also made the qualifying time for the upcoming international event.
The Finn Valley athlete is naturally delighted with the chance to represent his country and he hopes that it can lead to bigger and better things in the world of athletics. Oisin is coached by David McGinley at the Finn Valley club and he says that the hard work of the coaches is the main reason for his success at the weekend.
Eight of the athletes from last weekend’s race will make the trip to Birmingham where Ireland will compete against England, Scotland and Wales and Oisin is hoping to put in a strong performance.
In terms of advice and encouragement, Oisin is lucky to have his PE teacher, Gary Murray, who is well known in Athletics circles, to speak to about running internationally. Mr Murray has represented his country several times in the green vest and will be a great help to Oisin leading up to the event.
Oisin says that it a great honour to represent his country and he hopes that he can give a good account of himself over the course of the weekend.
School principal, Mr Joe Boyle says that he is delighted for Oisin and he says that getting recognised internationally in any sport shows a level of commitment and dedication that most people can’t comprehend.
“I would like to wish Oisin all the best for next weekend and also congratulate him on winning a bronze medal at national level, which is a huge achievement. I hope that the training and dedication that Oisin has put in will pay off in Birmingham and that he enjoys his time representing Ireland.”