Special Needs National Championship 2016Special Needs National Championship & Teachers 2016

Alan Beale from St Marks and Sharkx Snooker Club in Newbridge, took the National Special Needs Snooker Championship in style at the Ivy Rooms Carlow.  Alan was runner up last year and came back this time to take the title.  School mate Anthony Stynes was the runner up, a fantastic result for St Marks.

Aileen, Alan & Aidan 2Alan & AnthonyFinalists with teachers

Both St Marks Newbridge and St Laserians Carlow are to be commended for their continued support and help in making this event the success that it was and we look forward to seeing everyone at more events during the year.

Mikey Comerford from St Laserians in Carlow reached the semis along with Dale Cross from St Marks in Newbridge.

Anthony & AnnetteMikey, Annette & DaleSemi finalists

With a field of 52 players, this event is one of the largest special needs snooker championships ever held in Ireland and probably in Europe.  Our School & College Initiative certainly shows that with determination and support from all involved with Stars Academy Ireland that success is inevitable.

Group with medalsLast 16quarter finals

Congratulations to Alan on his win and to Anthony on a fine performance, thanks to all the players who took part it was amazing to see such enthusiasm and excitement from these young players, we are absolutely privileged to be part of their event and it was a pleasure organising it.  Thanks to all the teachers, especially Aileen, John, Rachel, Robert and Padraig for their support.  Thanks to Aidan Murray for his work with the students at St Marks and his support.  Thanks to Annette Newman who helped throughout the day and refereed the final along with presenting all the prizes.

Thanks to Marian and staff of the Ivy Rooms for providing fantastic facilities and support towards our Special Needs Championships.