Another successful trip for CP Sport to Ireland this year, Phil Peat kindly sent his report following the competition:
“As always I value the support of my colleagues and our dedicated parents and volunteers in contributing to what I believe is an important competitive athletic opportunity for all athletes, for some athletes a stepping stone towards a higher plane with London 2012 in mind, but for others a social environment where they meet with friends on a competitive international basis.
The journey was made once again with the excellent Jumbulance Trust which was expertly driven by Brendan Kelly, departing from Nottingham on Friday 8th June we had with a mixture of experienced and emerging athletes, in actual fact the party consisted of three athletes who were travelling to compete for the very first time.
The ferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin was choppy to say the least but midway through sailing the crossing eased tremendously, I thought the captain had someone waterskiing at the stern as we left Holyhead but wanted a rest half way!
On arrival in Dublin we travelled to the very comfortable Metro Hotel and as with last year we were made to feel very welcome indeed, the hotel is ideally situated as it is less than 10 minutes from the Santry stadium in Dublin the location for the Irish Championships. The morning of the competition, Brendan on hand ready to load the athletes. The competition attracted a large number of CP athletes, the rewarding outcome by CP Sport members was invaluable with many athletes achieving personal best performances as well as Irish Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals.”
I would like to add a thank you to Brendan Kelly who throughout the trip was courteous and attentive to all the passengers, however what a shock I received when the coach returned to Nottingham and I found my car camouflaged in a tree, with the help of staff members I was able to retrieve the car, luckily no major damage just small dints and scratches.”
Phil Peat, National Athletic Development Officer, CP Sport
Some individual Quotes from travellers:
“Once again a professional trip from start to finish, will be coming again next year”, “Very helpful staff”, “very enjoyable trip where everyone bonded”, “I had never been to Ireland before, I enjoyed competing. Good to be with my mates”, “This is the second time I have taken part in the GP Sport trip so that my son can compete, very well organised and looking forward to next year”, “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this trip, we had an excellent time. The organisation was great and we had no problems at all”