Roscommon teenager, Hollie Kilroe, will get her first taste of international competition this Saturday when she competes in the 800 metres at the SIAB Track and Field Championships in Derbyshire, England.
The 15-year-old from Ballybride in Roscommon town was in terrific form on Saturday week last when she claimed three bronze medals at the Irish Life Health Tailteann Schools Interprovincial Games in Morton Stadium, Santry. This was despite breaking and dislocating her arm just a few weeks ago while playing with her GAA club St. Ciaran’s.
The Convent of Mercy student, a daughter of Fintan and Siobhan Kilroe, gave a display of sheer guts and determination as she claimed third-place finishes in the 800 metres, 300 metres and 4 x 300 metres relay.
Hollie told People Sport this week that it was a “big relief” to be able to compete following her horror injury and she was now looking forward to competing in the U-17 800 metres in Derbyshire this weekend.
Hollie’s mother, Siobhan, was understandably proud of her youngest daughter this week.
“She had done as much training as she could during the Covid-19 lockdowns and she was also working with Richie Feeney in the gym to keep her fitness levels up. It wasn’t just the physical side she was working on but also the mental side too,” she said.
Hollie, who also qualified for the All-Ireland Community Games which clash with the SIAB event this weekend, qualified for the Irish Schools’ team in Athlone recently and will be one of the youngest athletes in the travelling party this weekend.
“Of course, I’m absolutely proud of her,” Siobhan said, “she has worked really hard for this and it’s such a great achievement especially considering the hand injury…if anything it just made her even more determined!”
The Kilroes are no strangers to sporting success; elder sister Sheena has captained Convent of Mercy to All-Ireland volleyball success while brother Lee has also won a Celtic Challenge Cup medal with the county’s underage hurlers.
Hollie herself has five national titles in athletics as well as Community Games medals and one for swimming. This Saturday she’ll be hoping to add to the family’s roll of honour as she makes her debut on the international stage.