On Sunday the 9th of December Joel McWilliams made his debut for Ulster in the All-Ireland U13 Cross Country Championships in Adamstown, Co.Wexford. After a very early departure from Comber and a long journey the race venue was eventually reached.
Against the top runners from the length and breadth of Ireland Joel acquitted himself extremely well with a 22nd place finish out of a field of 130 runners. This finishing position meant that he was the fifth finisher from Ulster.
The old adage,'what a difference a year makes', is particularly pertinent in that this time last year Joel was yet to run his first cross country race. This goes to show that with talent, application and endeavour great things can be achieved.
Well done and we all wish you continued success.