Young Ardee Community School star and Leinster Rugby hopeful Cyr Bakekolo was honoured for among the young sports persons honoured at Tuesday’s The Herald School Sports Star awards, held at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
The award winners on the day were all recipients of monthly awards during the academic year in 2016/17 in a whole range of sports including rugby, soccer, athletics, hurling, Gaelic football, equestrian, judo and hockey. Cyr won the newspaper’s November award based on his brilliant performance in the school’s McMullen Cup 18-12 quarter-final win over Mount Temple.
Cyr stood out on that day, playing an instrumental role as loose-head prop as Andy Robb’s side created history in becoming the first team from the school to reach the last four of the competition. Bakekolo was praised for his performance in the last eight clash, as his impact in the rucks and nuisance factor on the floor helped turn the tide and help Ardee overturn a half-time deficit.
He was also pivotal in ensuring Ardee CS navigated their way past Gormanstown College over two games to reach the showpiece final where they were beaten by Wexford’s Good Counsel.
The former Olympian & European 400m indoor champion David Gillick acted as MC for the event on Tuesday with awards presented by popular rugby pundit and broadcaster Brent Pope, himself a former All-Black, and Dublin hurler David Tracey. Cyr’s parents Mary (pictured above) and Patrick were in attendance at the event, alongside Coach Robb.
Writing on the Ardee Community School Facebook, Robb said that Cyr, who starts sixth year in September, “has been exceptional for the school rugby teams for the past five years.”