Congratulations to all the athletes who competed in Nenagh on Sat/Sun 27th/28thFeb. It was another great weekend of competition and once again there were lots of top results for our club. We had a number of U12's at this competition for the first time and they all performed really well, with Alison Dawson Whelan, Sinead O'Neill, Richael Browne and Susie McParland representing the girls and Cian Baldwin the only representative of the boys. At U13, we had Luke Donoghue and Scott Howard putting in a great effort all round, especially in the 600m and Scott getting a PB in the shot, Matthew Malone doing really well with a great race in the hurdles and a 4thplace finish in the final of the 60m and Conor Dempsey having a dream weekend with a gold in the LJ and silver in the 60m and the 60m Hurdles. The girls U13 saw Ara Freeman do some superb sprinting and take the silver in the 60m, with Rosa Kirwan, Isabel Kenny and Sadhbh Redford also giving good account of themselves. Aoife Phelan and Kirsty Tomlin both performed well in the U14’s and Lorcan Lalor progressed to both the 60m and 60m hurdles finals. Aisling Moore, Siofra O’Donnell, Orlagh Connor and Isobel O’Grady all made good progress in the U15’s and showed some great promise for the future. Our U16 representatives were Naomi Kenny, Aisling McCabe, Lara Dawson Whelan and Amy Howard and at U 17 Katie Malone in the sprints and Claire Fox, who took the silver medals at both 800m and 1500m. At U 18, Caoimhe Basquille was in her usual sparkling form, taking gold in the 60m hurdles in a new PB and also in the HJ and Jack Commons finishing 4thin the shot putt, in his first competition. Our U18’s also lived up to expectations, with Ferdia Kenny taking gold in the 60m, 200m and LJ, Sean Ryder taking gold in the 400m and triple jump (TJ) and bronze in the shot putt, Cormac Hanlon taking silver in the TJ and Davey Downey finishing 4th. The U18 girls were also on form, with Laura Boylan a convincing winner in the 60m hurdles, Ellie Hartnett taking silver in the 400m with Aisling McGee 4thand Isabel Malley claiming two bronze medals in the 60m and 200m. Well done to all the athletes who took part and good luck in the All Irelands.
The dates for the All Irelands that our athletes have qualified for are as follows and athletes intending to take part, need to confirm this with Theresa by Wed 10th March.
Saturday 27th March: All 60m and 1500m races. U 19 400m’s. U13 LJ and U19 TJ.
Sunday 28th March: All 60m hurdles and the 1500m finals.
Saturday 10th April: All 200m and 800m races, U18 HJ, U19 LJ and SP.
Sunday 11th April: U13 and U19 boys Relays.
In order to bring our club into line with the new guidelines from Athletics Ireland, we have put together a new Code of Conduct form, which is being issued, to all our athletes, coaches and officers. This outlines what we as coaches and club officers expect of our athletes and what you as athletes can expect of us. Please read this carefully and return the signed declaration (third page) to training ASAP. A club officer will sign it and give you a copy. Forms for athletes under 21 will require a parent’s signature as well.
We hope the athletes who moved up are settled in to their new groups and happy with the move. Groups 3,4 and 5 will remain in the hall on Friday’s until Easter and will move back to the track after that. Hopefully the weather will have warmed up by then. We will be holding an agility challenge for these athletes on Friday 19th March at 6pm, in the hall. We will finish at the normal time.
The club will hold an AGM on Thurs.18thMarch at 8 pm. We will have a brief review of how the club has developed and how we hope to progress. All ideas and suggestions will be very welcome. We will also need to elect a new committee. We would appreciate if anyone who is prepared to stay on the committee or come on to it would let us know before the meeting if possible, however nominations will be taken from the floor. We are also looking for more people to help out at training, so if anyone is available and willing to lend a hand, please let us know. Suitable training will be arranged.
Anyone who would like to take part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade should let Theresa know.