Champion Athlete Lauren Cadden honoured

Champion Athlete Lauren Cadden honoured Lauren signs Distinguished Visitors Book accompanied by Mayor and parents Michael and Leonie

Mayor Councillor Rosaleen O Grady has hosted a reception to honour local athlete Lauren Cadden, Irish record-holder and Gold Medallist at the National Juvenile Championships.

In her address, the Mayor said ‘Over the space of a matter of days this chamber has hosted an impressive array of local sporting talent. On Wednesday last, we honoured Sligo Rugby Club in recognition of their achievement on winning the Connacht Senior League for the first time in over 100 years.

Achievement
This evening, we honour and applaud a special individual  achievement as we welcome Lauren and her family.  In many respects, it is even more challenging to excel as an individual  athlete than as a member of a team.  You don't have the collective ambition and support of colleagues, you rely totally on your own skill, will and determination.  That's what makes Lauren's successes so remarkable  - you have to  find a way to dovetail studies with training and competition, while  maintaining a firm focus on reaching your full potential as one of our  most talented emerging athletes.

Image2 Mayor makes a presentation to Lauren

Roll of honour
Lauren has achieved such a roll of honour in her young career that it is difficult to capture in a short address - but without doubt one of the major highlights was being crowned u19 national 100 metres  champion.  There are many strands to Lauren's success. While the core element is her own ability and ambition, Lauren has enjoyed the support of family and the expert coaching of Dermot McDermott. Composure under pressure is an indicator of a true athlete, and we can  only hazard the pressure on the day when Lauren lined up against the very best athletes in the country during the national juvenile track and field championships in Tullamore.

Image3 Lauren and family with Mayor and Councillors

Rising star
For family and supporters who had been following your career with interest, being crowned national champion came as no surprise. For the wider community, it caused them to sit up and take notice of a rising local star in our midst, and the local sports media have reported  extensively on your progress.
One very important result of your stellar career is that it has inspired and energised many other young athletes who hope to follow in your foot steps.

Role model
You might feel you are a bit young to be a role model, but the reality is that many young people look up to you, admire and respect you,  and  fully appreciate the very evident results of hard work and  dedication. You have done Sligo proud, and the people of Sligo in turn are proud of you and what you have achieved. We will continue to follow your progress and wish you every success  in the future.’

Image4 Lauren with her father Michael and Coach Dermott McDermott