Success for Strabane Lifford youngsters

Members of Strabane Lifford Cycling Club, who excelled in the North West Youth League, are photographed with Omagh Wheelers chairman, Sean Kelly.

TWELVE members of the Strabane Lifford Cycling Club’s youth team and a large support crew made their way to Omagh to compete in the sixth and last round of the North West Youth League, hosted by Omagh Wheelers. 
This is the first year of the North West Youth League and it was created in response to the large number of youths who have now taken up the sport of cycling in the region. 
Six cycling clubs, including Strabane Lifford CC, came together to create the league and each club hosted a road race during the 2018 season.
A large number of youth cyclists have participated in the events throughout the season and it has proved a very popular and successful sporting venture.
The Strabane Lifford Cycling Club youth team performed brilliantly and dominated on the day at the Omagh Wheelers road race. 
Katie McCauley won the U14 girls’ race, Ashton Moore was third in the U12 boys’ race, Kyle Stevenson won the U10 boys’ race, Daniel Craig was third in the same race, Ava McCrea was second in the U10 girls’ race, Sarah Craig was second in the U8 girls’ race, while Emma Craig finished third in the same race. Daniel McCarron rode strongly in the U14 race, while Connor Kelly and Christopher Craig gave great performances in the U12 race.
Once the awards for the day’s race were handed out, the organisers commenced the award ceremony for the 2018 league. The local youth team of Strabane Lifford CC were rewarded for an impressive season’s racing, which saw the club dominate several of the divisions. 
Katie McCauley was crowned the U14 girls’ champion, Rhys Stevenson was the U14 boys’ champion, Ashton Moore was crowned the U12 boys’ champion, with Matthew Spratt second overall, Kyle Stevenson won the U10 boys’ championship, with Eimhear Duddy third place in the U10 girls’ league. Sarah Craig was the runner-up in the U8 girls’ league, with Emma Craig finishing third overall.
It really was a great day for the youth team. Great success for all the riders above and all youth cyclists who competed throughout the season. Strabane Lifford CC have a massive youth team with 50 riders fully signed up with Cycling Ireland and proud members of Strabane Lifford Cycling Club.
The club youth training day on Saturday mornings are always packed out with everyone enjoying their cycling and progressing in the sport.
The club would like to take this opportunity to send a massive thanks to everyone involved in the youth project, which is now in its third season, all the kids cycling, the coaches, the parents and everyone who has been involved in making this project such a success.
Anyone interested in joining the SLCC youth team can come along to Melvin Sports Complex in Strabane on a Saturday morning at 9.45am were the club have their weekly coaching sessions.


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