A KILKENNY teenager has shown that it is definitely third time lucky for him, winning two coveted medals at the World Sport Stacking Championships in Germany.
James Carrigan (13) from Maddoxtown in Kilkenny scooped the medals at the event near Frankfurt in Germany on Sunday. It was the third time James had competed in the world championships and the first time he’s won medals in the event, which was previously held in Denver and Dallas in the US.
“I’m thrilled, absolutely delighted,” said the first year pupil at Grennan College in Thomastown.
“It was tough going but the experience stood to me I suppose and I held my cool. I’m equally delighted for the rest of the team. It was a massive performance.
“Eight of us in all competed and we’re coming home with a record 32 medals. And our under 10 team also beat a world record,” he said said.
James is the youngest son of Margaret and Pat Carrigan and his sister, Deirdre, and older brother Darragh also enjoy the sport. The avid hurler took up the sport at primary school in Clara and is the current Irish champion at several levels. He also features in a television advert for team sponsors, Fruice Dilute, in which he stacks cups moving along a conveyer belt.
James qualified in two sections of the under 13 section of the competition on Saturday and finished in eighth place in the world in the 3.3.3 section of the competition and in sixth place in the ‘cycle’ section. Over 500 competitors from over 20 countries took part and qualifying times were far quicker than in previous years.
Unfortunately, luck was not on the side of Kilkenny’s second competitor, 12 year-old Michelle Bergin from Johnswell Road in the city. Her times were exceptional but she didn’t qualify for the finals.
The sport, which is part of the PE curriculum in a growing number of schools, involves up and down stacking specially designed sport stacking cups in three, pre-determined competition sequences against a clock which measures stacking times to one hundredth of a second.
For more about the sport, check out www.speedstacks.ie.