With the emerging news last Sunday from Monaco, there was a great sense of joy that a another member of the Kilkenny College community would be heading to the Tokyo Olympics next month. From Gorey in Co Wexford Foster and his siblings all attended Kilkenny College with Foster entering in 2005 and becoming a member of the Class of 2011.

With a strong sporting family tradition Foster took to the games field with great enthusiasm. According to his senior rugby coach Jeff Carter  “Foster always showed tremendous athleticism and ability in school. His movement and power is legendary in school rugby circles…..even to this day current pupils and past pupils would still speak about him. It comes as no surprise that he has achieved this level of success along with his teammates.

He remains very approachable and modest young man, he is  always willing to give back to the school and our current cohort of students really appreciate that”.

Foster would later go on to play his senior rugby with Lansdowne RFC  (on the wing), and eventually in the Irish 7’s set up.

The Rugby 7’s tournament takes place on July 26th -28th .The entire Kilkenny College community wishes Foster and his teammates very good wish and success.

Of course Foster will not be the only past pupil heading to Tokyo this summer as Lisa Jacob will also be there as manager of the Irish Ladies Hockey Team. The Wexford woman was a member of The Class of 2005.She has 139 senior Irish caps to her name.

Both Foster and Lisa follow in the footsteps of Maeve Kyle Ireland’s first female Olympian in 1956,she went on to represent Ireland at the 1960 and 1964 games also. More recently Thomas Chamney ran in Beijing in 2008.