Irish Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships


This year saw the staging of the World International Tetrathlon. It was hosted by Ireland over 2 weekends. The first weekend was the provincial competition, which was held in Grove, Fethard, Co Tipperary in late July. The second weekend comprising the National and International Championships was held in Tattersalls, Co Meath.  Tetrathlon involves swimming as many metres as possible in 3 minutes, riding a cross country course of 20+ fences, shoot at a target of a possible 1000points from a distance of 10m and run 1500m.   On the first weekend, Róisín and Aoife Duggan McSweeney from Cappagh, Askeaton, Co Limerick were on the Munster team that won the provincial competition, beating teams from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, southern and northern Ireland.  Following on from their success, the Cappagh twins were selected for the senior ‘White’ international team, together with Ellie Scott (Dublin), Faye Mansfield (Cork) and Sophie Lowe (Athlone) to represent Ireland at the National/International Championships.  The international weekend started with the shooting phase. Róisín took both National and International individual 1st place in this competition.  Next up was the swimming. Here Aoife took 2nd place nationally and internationally and Roisín came 4th internationally.  On the 2nd day of the competition we had the riding phase. There was a very tricky senior cross country course, with less than 25%  of competitors getting maximum points. Aoife and Róisín were among these.  The last phase was the running. We had 35 national competitors and Aoife took 1st place. Róisín also needed a good running result as both nationally and internationally she was ahead so far. After her good run she took overall 1st individual girl, both nationally and internationally, narrowly beating the UK girl, Molly Hansfield by 8 points. Aoife came second nationally. Collectively the Irish senior ‘White’ team, took 1st place in the international competition, 2nd went to the UK, 3rd Ireland ‘Shamrock’ team and 4th, to Australia.  This is a wonderful achievement for these 18 year old girls. They have been competing in these types of competitions since they were 10 years, when they joined the pony club. Lots of hard work and dedication were justly rewarded.