We had a great start to the indoor season on Sat. 14th Jan with the 1st round of the National League, where our girls team, Aoife Conroy, Richael Browne, Ara Freeman, Alannah O’Carroll & Laura Kavanagh made a great start in the defence of their title from last year.
They are lying 2nd by a single point going into R2 this coming Sat. The boys team didn’t fare quite as well, despite an outstanding performance of 6.78m from James Vance in the Long jump. We had 8 athletes in the 800m Endurance Initiative races that day, with most running PB’s on the day and a terrific 1st run over senior height hurdles from Katie Lawless as well. We also had great performances from Emma Quirke, Ellen McNally, Enya Conroy & Nell Berney in the Combined events last Sun.
REGISTRATIONS FOR 2017
A big thank you to everyone who helped with registrations last week and to all the athletes & parents for getting them in on time. We are now all registered & insured for the year ahead. Places that were not taken up have now been offered to those on our waiting list and we welcome our new members for 2017.
HELP STILL NEEDED
We have a very dedicated group of coaches & check-in personnel, but as always we still need more if we are to continue facilitating the large number of athletes we have in Greystones AC. If you are in a position to help out with coaching, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are always looking for additional coaches. We will make sure you get training. Recently the check-in has been falling back on to the coaches on a fairly regular basis, so if you can give 20 mins to help with check-in when you are dropping your athletes down, it would be a great help indeed.
FEBRUARY COMPETITIONS (another busy month!)
National Indoor League R2 is on Sat 28th Jan. in Athlone. Open to all athletes from U17 up. Guest & endurance initiative events.
National Junior/U23’s in Athlone on Sun. 29th Jan.
National Indoor League Final in Abbottstown on Sat 4th Feb + Endurance Initiative Events 800m, 1500m, 3K. Entries close Thurs 26th Jan.
AAI Games in Abbottstown on Sun 5th Feb. Entries close Thurs 26th Jan. (Adult event)
Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 1 in Athlone on Sat 11th Feb. Entries close Thurs 2nd Feb.
Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 2 in Athlone on Sun 12th Feb. Entries close Thurs 2nd Feb.
National Masters & Juvenile B XC Championships in Waterford on Sun 12th Feb. These races are open to all athletes who did not medal at the National XC. Races for U11/13/15/17 age groups (2016 ages and athletes can move up 1 yr) and distances are shorter than the 'A' XC Championships. Entries close Thurs 2nd Feb.
National Senior Indoors Day 1 in Abbottstown on Sat 18th Feb. Entries close Feb.9th.
National Senior Indoors Day 2 in Abbottstown on Sun 19th Feb. Entries close Feb.9th.
Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 3+ Relays in Abbottstown on Sat 25th Feb. Entries close Feb.16th.
Leinster Junior/Senior/Masters Indoors in Abbottstown on Sun 26th Feb. Entries close Feb.16th.
Entry forms for all of these events are on our website. Please get your entries in asap, as this will help us to arrange as much training as we can for all athletes, in their chosen events!
The club AGM will be held on Thurs. 2nd March at 8pm. All members and parents of juvenile members are invited and encouraged to attend. The AGM is an opportunity for members to find out more about the running of the club, put ideas/suggestions forward and maybe get involved in helping the club to progress in the future. While we would welcome new members on to the club committee or any of our sub committees, we will not put pressure on anyone, so please come along on the night.
Our Sportshall competition for our younger athletes will take place on Sat 4th March in the Community Hall at Shoreline swimming pool from 2.00-5.00pm. This is a great fun event, but as it is a team competition, athletes must be available for the entire event. If an athlete leaves early, their entire team loses out. Open to all athletes up to U14 in 2017 (born 2004 or after). Teams will be made up on the day! Please arrive on time as once the teams have been made up we will not be able to include late comers and we don’t want to disappoint anyone! Lots of help will be needed for this one, so if you are available, please let us know asap. Help from our older athletes is invaluable for this event, so please let us know if you can come along and help.
CLUB AWARDS NIGHT
As Feb. is so busy with preparation for competitions this year, we will leave our awards night until early March. A number of awards will be given out for both individual & team performances during 2016, as well as our 5yr/10 yr membership awards, Athlete of the Year & our 3A’s awards for Attendance, Attitude, Achievement which will be given to all age groups. Light refreshments will be follow and an opportunity to chat with your child’s coaches. All athletes & their families are welcome to attend.
ATTENDANCE DAY TRIP
The attendances for 2016 are being counted and a list will be put up on our website shortly with the names of those who have qualified and the details of the Good Attendance Trip.
WICKLOW COUNTY ENDURANCE INITIATIVE
A meeting for coaches & parents
interested in the propose Endurance Initiative will take place on Mon. next 6th Feb.at 7.30pm in Shoreline Sports Park. There will be a presentation by Steve
Macklin - AAI Junior Endurance Coach at 7.30pm followed by a planning session at 8.30pm. Well worth attending!
Details of a sprints Initiative will follow shortly