Claire Melia, Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin, awarded u19 School’s Player of the Year for 2016

May 30, 2016

Claire Melia, a Transition Year student in Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin has once again done herself and her school proud by being named u19 School’s Player Of The Year for 2016.
This is a huge individual achievement for Claire coming off the back of two successful years with our school team. Having been crowned National u19 League Champions 2014/2015, the girl’s team again became National u19 Champions, this time of the Cup competition for 2015/2016. Claire had a double double in the first final with 28 points and 20+ rebounds and captained the team to victory this year. Despite being just 16 years of age the world of basketball looks set to be her oyster. Claire played Premier League Basketball (the highest club grade in the country) with her team Portlaoise Panthers this season and was given a third team All-Star. She was also named both Senior and u18 Player Of The Year 2015/2016 for her club. Claire is known at home and abroad for her exploits on the court. She is an extremely talented young lady and her dominance at underage level has been well documented. Her ascendancy into the senior game has been seamless and her future whether it be on courts at home or abroad, is one to watch.
Claire has represented her country at u16 level and was a member of the record breaking team that placed 7th in the European Championships. She has also just been named on the u18 National team. The final selection was made in the last few weeks and again it is a source of pride not only to Claire and her family but to her coaches, fellow teammates, her school and her club. Claire will pick up u18 caps in a tournament in Reze in France from 10th-12th June against France, Argentina and Czech Republic. Her European Championships are in Sarajevo, Bosnia from 23rd-31st July and they play in a group with England, Greece, Macedonia and Estonia. The school community would like to wish Claire all the best for her upcoming games and congratulations on her achievements thus far.

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