Another great weekend for GAC at the Leinster Indoors!
Off to a great start on Saturday, with gold for Alana Ryan in the U16 200m and for Amaris Borel in the U18 400m, Silver for Conor Dempsey in the U18 400m, for Richael Browne
in the U17 High Jump, for Noah Daly in the U16 Long Jump, for Louis Lalor in the U16 60m hurdles and for Aodhan Daly in the U14 Long Jump and Bronze for Amaris Borel in the 60m hurdles. A 5th place finish for Noah Daly in the U16 200m and fine performances also from many others, with U14 Alan Gordon and Ronan Dempsey making the 60mH final finishing 4th & 5th,respectivily & U13 Emma Quirk making the 60mH final and James Nicholson & Joe Prendergast making the 600m final! Well done to our younger athletes, many making their first appearance at indoors and showing great promise for the future of our club! This all left us looking forward to another great day on Sunday!
The 4th and last day of the Leinster Indoors again saw top performances from GAC athletes with U 19 Katy Conroy taking bronze in the 8oom,18's Ara Freeman taking double gold in the 60m & 200m and setting a new Championship Best in the 60m, Conor Dempsey having a superb race to take silver in the 200m, Amaris Borel winning her 200m heat comfortably and Isobel Kenny making the 60m final after a great 200m run earlier in the day and 4th place finishes for Rosa Kirwan in both the 800m & the High Jump. Championship Best performance also from Richael Browne running a fantastic race to win the U17 800m. Alana Ryan added the U16 60m title to her 200m title from yesterday and only .01 separated Ben Mooney & Josh Pyper who took Gold & Silver in the u15 60m in one of the closest races of the day. Bronze as well for Ben in the Long Jump and a bronze for Alan Gordon in the U14 High Jump having finished 4th in the 60m hurdles yesterday. Aodhan Daly had 3 great runs in the U14 60m to progress through the heats & semi- finals, as did older brother Noah in the U16 and Michael O'Shea in The U13 with Emma Quirk also getting to her semi-final U13 and Sophie Dallaghan in the U12. Emma also finished 5th in her Long Jump. Another very successful weekend for GAC. Nationals............ here we come!.
Huge congratulations go to Alana Ryan on winning the National Juvenile Star Award for 2014. We are very proud to see Alana receive this well deserved award for her achievements last year and as you can see from the report above, she has made a terrific start to 2015. This is the 6th year in a row that a GAC athlete has won this National Award, so keep up the good work guys!
GAC also won the National Developmental Award for 2014 and we congratulate all the athletes involved in what was a great day for the club back in July. U15 Troy Scully, Niamh Conroy, Rachel Casey, Catherine Casey & Rachel Purcell, U14 Sarah O’Connor, Katie Lawless, Eva Roche & Frances Dallaghan, U13 Aodhan Daly, Ronan Dempsey, Alan Gordon, U12 Michael O’Shea, Emma Quirk, Ellen McNally &, Erin Howard.
Please come to training properly prepared for training! Despite constant reminders that we train in all weathers, wind, hail, rain or snow, and regular requests that our athletes always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training, we still have many who don’t bring sufficient clothing with them. It is easy to remove layers if you get too hot, but there is nothing we can do if you are cold and you don’t have enough clothing with you and you cannot train properly if you are cold. So wear plenty layers, bring a jacket and gloves and don’t forget your water bottle!
A reminder that our club AGM, which will be held in Shoreline Sports Park on this Thurs 12th March at 8pm. This is open to all members and/or parents of juvenile members and is your opportunity to come along and find out how our club is run and what goes on in the background to keep it all running smoothly. It is also an opportunity to make suggestions that you think might improve things, or maybe even come on board and lend a hand on the club committee or one of our sub-commitees. Motions and nominations for the AGM are still being taken and should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tues 10th March please.
Due to the Leinster Indoors at the weekend we deferred the first relay squad session until this coming Friday 13th March. This means that there is still a chance to add your name to the list if you are interested in being considered for relay team selection in the future. The form will stay on the web site until Thurs. 12th and we will have our first training session on Fri evening. After this, specific relay training sessions for all club teams will be held on the 1st Friday of each month. All athletes who want to be considered for future teams, must fill out the form on the website declaring their interest and of course will need to attend the training sessions regularly.
It is particularly important that all members of the teams who have qualified for the National Relay Championships attend this training session!
In Sept.’14 we created a Fit4Youth training group for members who don’t want to compete or train at competition level, but who do want to stay fit and remain/become members of the club.This group trains at the 7-8.30pm sessions and have been working hard at maintaining/improving their fitness levels and core strength over the past number of months. They will have opportunities to try field events over the next few months and always have the option to move to one of the competative groups if they decide they want to compete at any discipline. This group is ideal for those who just want to get/stay fit or for those who are just starting athletics, as it works at a less intense level than the competition groups. We do have some places available in this group at present.
XC LEAGUE ROUND 5
This takes place on Friday 27th March in Bray. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is even Ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form will be on our website www.greystonesac.com shortly and can be found under Entry Forms at the top of the page. Entries will close on Thurs 26th at 6pm. Athletes must be registered to compete. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly.
Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on Friday , as coaches will be at the XC. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!
National Indoors take place on Sat/Sun 21st/22nd March and on Sat 28th March. Well done to all who have qualified for these. While we are trying to give as much time as possible to all events, we may not be able to cover every event each night and so qualified athletes, including relay teams, need to make a big effort to attend all sessions to ensure they get in as much practise as possible.
The next Fit4Life race will be held in Shanganagh Park on Thursday 2nd April. Check-in at 7pm, race at 7.30pm. This is open to everyone from 14 up and while there are prizes for each category and some spot prizes, it is very much a participation event and a great way to start racing. Refreshments afterwards!
COUNTY ROAD RACE.
The Athletics Wicklow 5k Road Race Championships for Juniors & Seniors men & women will take place in Ashford on Wed 22nd April. Juniors are age 16-19 in 2014. Check in from 6.15 pm. Start Time 7.00 pm. Entries to Theresa by Sunday 19th April.