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SPORTS CLUBS

ST. LOUIS BASKETBALL

St Louis High School basketball programme currently has four teams ranging from first year to sixth year. The teams compete in the Dublin SSA girl's league. The last three years have been very successful for our basketball teams winning both senior, junior and 1st year divisions in the SSA Dublin Girls' League. Each team trains twice a week in the evenings after school. The programme has also established links with other St Louis High Schools around the country. Occasionally our Senior and Cadet team travel to the St Louis Secondary School in Dundalk to play a friendly match.
The programme encourages the girls to participate in all aspects of the game. We have girls undertaking refereeing and table official courses each year.

ST. LOUIS HOCKEY

Hockey is alive and thriving in St Louis! Hockey coaching takes place every Monday in the Iveagh Grounds in Crumlin. In addition to training we organised various friendly matches and participate in the Leinster League. We also have a tournament to mark the end of the term.  


ST. LOUIS SWIMMING CLUB

St. Louis High School swimming club has been running for the past fourteen years, meeting before school in Rathmines Swan Leisure Centre on Thursday mornings at 7.15 am (we share the pool with the lifesaving club).

The long, very successful tradition of swimming in St. Louis has, over the years, led to many successes in the Irish Schools Swimming Galas, both at Leinster and National Level. Some of our swimmers join competitive clubs and represent St. Louis at provincial and national level. However, many students just swim for overall fitness, but are also encouraged to compete in school galas if they so wish.

We were proud to count Aisling Cooney – Irish Olympian 2008 – as one of our foremost swimmers – representing St. Louis at all major school galas throughout her years in school. In her final year she captained our Under-18 Relays to silver and bronze in the Irish Schools A grade National Gala, and personally won three individual gold medals.

LIFE-SAVING CLUB

This is a very popular club, with large numbers despite the early morning start. We train in Rathmines Swan Leisure Centre on Thursday mornings at 7.15. Students prepare for Irish Water Safety exams and most complete their Pool Lifeguard Award – this enables them to work as lifeguards at pools and beaches during the summer months. Students also complete exams in CPR.


ST. LOUIS ATHLETICS CLUB

The club provides coaching for a wide range of sports: shot putt, discus, javelin, long jump, hurdles, sprints and middle-distance. The club meets twice a week after school. During the school year the club members travel to Santry stadium for training and competitions. The main athletics competitions during the year are the Leinster cross country competitions held in January and the track and field competitions in April. Those who get through these competitions go on to compete at national level. Even if competitive sport is not for you, the athletics club is a great way to keep fit and healthy.


Gaelic Football

Gaelic football training takes place once a week. There has been great participation by the students. The team members are training hard and have had a series of friendly matches.

St. Louis Rugby

Girls Rugby  7’s is an up-and-coming sport due to the success of our International Women’s Team. Since October we have had students from 2nd year to 6th year training each week under the excellent New Zealand coach Mere Baker.  Railway Union Rugby Club and John Cronin have played a big part in promoting Girls 7’s and have sponsored three major inter-schools competitions – with St. Louis High School picking up  four cups in '13-'14 season. Two of our students, Aifric O’Leary Deane (3rd year) and Dephyne Muzaya (5th Year) were chosen as Players of the Tournament.  Through their involvement with schools rugby a number of our students have joined Railway Union and Kate Hegarty (5th Year)  was recently selected as U17 Player of the Year. Stacey Flood (6th Year) has also been selected for the U/19 Leinster Panel! Captained by Kate Hegarty we hope to go on to greater success next season!
This extract is taken from Railway Union RFC's website:

“The big change this year is that the programme will be run as a series, on exactly the same basis as the IRB Women’s World Series” said Railway’s Head of Girls Rugby Alison Nolan. “There are five competitions on scheduled dates throughout the year, where each school accumulates points based on their finishing position in each tournament.”
The programme is of the highest quality and has been devised by Railway coach Mere Baker. Baker is one of the most decorated female players in the game and has played 15s and 7s for New Zealand, won the rugby league world cup with New Zealand, won the Hong Kong 7s (the most prestigious 7s tournament in the world) six times and has coached international women’s 7s rugby.
“There are three grades the competition will be held at - Senior (5th/6th years), TY and Junior (1st/2nd/3rd years),” said Nolan, “We have had huge interest from schools already, with a number of new schools coming on board this year. The success of the Irish Women’s team at the recent World Cup has given the game great profile and girls rugby has never been more popular.”
“The expansion of the programme from three tournaments to a series will give girls regular competition and allow them to see their progression over the course of their year, as well as the opportunity to play in a high profile finals day tournament. It will also allow the girls to build up relationships, rivalries and friendships with other girls in other schools, as well as competing in a format that the Irish and international stars compete at,” concluded Nolan.



SPORTS DAY 2014

We had a wonderful day on Friday 16th May for our Annual Sports Day. Thankfully the sun shone and all students entered into the sporting spirit of the day. Faces were painted and many class groups adopted various themes so as to instantly recognise one another! Congratulations to all who participated in the various events. The day came to a close with the annual game of rounders between the 6th Years and the staff. The 6th Years, obviously in fear of the staff, prepared well and dressed appropriately for challenge. The theme of Peter Pan and the lost boys was adopted by the 6th Years whilst the teachers decked out in pirate regalia. The 6th Years enjoyed the taste of sweet success on this occasion! Please take time to view some lovely images of our Sports day.

 
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