Our Champion Athlete Tommy!
On Tuesday past Arboretum staff and friends came together to welcome our Medal winning athlete back, Tommy Payne who has worked with us for many years returned home with two medals from the recent World Masters in Poland.
Tommy who is a mainstay at Arboretum and is our chief gardener maintaining our Inspirational Gardens here at Arboretum Carlow and keeping them in pristine condition on a daily basis. Tommy spends his day grooming and pruning to keep everything looking beautiful and you’ll agree he does a remarkable job of it, now we know how covers some much ground every day!
On his days off Tommy is an established World Class runner and it came as no surprise that he bagged the Silver medal in the World Cross Country event and then a bronze medal in the 3km World Indoor event, a superb achievement and one to be immensely proud of. Tommy is no stranger to medals and success, with a record 13 Carlow cross country titles to his name and already a silver medal for the European Masters Indoor Championships in Madrid 2018.
We had a small gathering at breakfast on Tuesday morning to celebrate Tommy’s achievement and to give Tommy some indication of how truly proud we are of his accomplishments and how honoured we are to have him as part of our team here at Arboretum. Not all heroes wear capes Tommy!