Each Monday we look back on some of the commercial elements of the sporting weekend through the prism of numbers…
Attendance at games was a major concern of the GAA Director General Paraic Duffy’s Annual Report last month.
The Association can take comfort from the rise in attendance that was in Semple Stadium on Saturday night for the Allianz Hurling League classic encounter between Tipperary and Kilkenny.
The 14,763 crowd on Saturday night, represents a more than 40% rise on the same fixture from two years ago.
Irish para swimmers Ellen Keane and Barry McClements both claimed medals on the concluding day of the inaugural Para Swimming World Series Meet in Copenhagen, Denmark. In this first international meet of the season Keane claimed gold and silver, with Barry McClements also securing silver.
“It was a good solid weekend of racing to begin the international season,” said Irish team manager Hayley Burke.
“The World Series is a great opportunity for us to race against other pinternational ara-swimmers; normally we only get to do this at major championships so we believe this will benefit us massively moving forward.”
Bringing together some of the biggest competitions on the global calendar, the World Series takes in five countries across Europe and the Americas between March-July, leading into the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City in October. This first meet in Denmark will see 122 swimmers from nineteen countries begin the 2017 international season.
The number of running spikes 16 year old Sarah Healy was left with after losing one during the first lap of her Irish Life Health Schools Cross Country Championship in Antrim on Saturday.
She ran most of the 3,500 race wearing only the one show, slipping at times but carrying on to land the title for her school at Holy Child Killiney in Dublin.
“I was panicking on the first lap but after a while you have to accept it,” said Healy, who was never headed in the race and justified her billing as a star of the future in fine style.