Well done to all our club athletes who competed at the recent County Championships and a huge ‘Thank You’ to all the coaches & officials who made it all possible. Considering the large number of athletes in the club, athlete attendance numbers were disappointing, but what we lacked in numbers was more than made up for by the enthusiasm and effort put in by all those who did attend.
There were fantastic individual & team performances which saw many club athletes go home loaded down with medals on both days. Many thanks to the parents who brought the athletes along and who gave the club such great support over two great days.
A huge Thank You to those who helped with set up & tidy up and to all our coaches who acted as both club & county officials over the two days helping to make it all happen and a special mention here for some of our older athletes, Rachel, Alana & Troy who helped out at every opportunity, assisting at the finish line, relay zones and anything that was asked of them. They were fantastic on Sunday assisting during the Sprints for the younger age groups, sorting the children, putting on & off the bibs, lining them up and escorting them back after their races. We genuinely could not have managed without their help and we are very, very proud of each & every one of them. Full results are now on our club website!
Congratulations to all club athletes on the fantastic results from the East Leinster Schools and subsequently the Leinster Schools and best of luck to Joe Dowd 3rd in the Steeplechase & 3K, Jack McGlone 1st in the 800m & 3rd in the 100m, Paul Delahunty 3rd in the mile, Emma Quirk 3rd in the TJ, Daniel Quirk 1st in the LJ & 2nd in the 75mH, Ailbhe Gordon 3rd in the Javelin, Alex Mulcahy 3rd in the HJ who all qualified for the All Ireland’s on Sat. 1st June. All results to date are on the AAI website under schools!
It was great to host the Leinster Juniors & the Combined events in Greystones on Saturday. We had a great turn out from Greystones for the Combined Events with lots of top performances. Congrats to all, especially to Daniel Quirk who took the Gold in the U14’s. We had a great number of Juniors also competing for Slí Cualann. On track, Troy Scully took gold in the 3K, Abbie Tyrrell gold in the 1500m, Megan O’Brien silver in the 800m, Ronan Dempsey Silver in the 400m & Michael O’Shea bronze in the 800m. In the field events Ellen McNally took gold in the Triple Jump with a big PB and silver in the Long Jump, Aodhan Daly took bronze in the LJ and Emma Quirk was 4th in the TJ and 5th in the LJ. Great results, particularly as most of these athletes have only just moved up to Junior level (U17-U20). A huge Thank You to all who helped out on the day and to those who helped with the set up on Fri night and/or the tidy up on Sat, especially Aidan, Pat, Darren, Sinéad, Emer & Linda............who needs a gym with all that lifting & carrying!
On Sunday the boys relay team of Daniel Quirk, Luca O’Shea Breen, Tom McCarthy & Colm O’Neill took silver in the U14 event in Leixlip. Well done boys!
Wicklow Invitational Athletics Flash Meet, Greystones, Fri 31st May 7-9pm, Entries to Theresa at training on Tues 28th or Wed 29th May. See details below.
All Ireland Schools, Tullamore Sat. June 1st. Qualification required.
Leinster U23/Sen/Mast, Tullamore Sun. June 2nd. Late entries close 27th May.
Leinster Team Event U9-U15’s, Tullamore Mon. June 3rd. Late entries close 27th May
Leinster U9-11 Pairs & U12 & 13 Champs, Tullamore Sat. June 8th. Entries by 28th May.
Leinster U12 – U19 Champs, Tullamore Sat/Sun 15th/16th June. Entries close 6th June.
Wicklow U9/11/13/15 Team Comp, Greystones Wed 19th June. Entries by 14th June.
Tailteann Games, Santry Sat. 22nd June. Invitation only.
AAI Games & National Combined Events Day1, Santry Sat 22nd June. Entries close 12th
National Combined Events Day 2 & Juvenile Combined Events, Santry, Sun. 23rd June
Bray Invitational Event, Greystones Tues 25thJune. (limited entry) Entries by 21stJune.
AAI Childrens Games & Limited U12-U13 Events, Tullamore, Sat 29th June. Qualification
We remind everyone once again that while the club covers all entry fees for its juvenile members, athletes who don't show up for events they have entered are liable for these fees. Further entries cannot be accepted from these athletes until all debts are paid.
Please make sure you get your entries in by the original closing date, as those who miss it will have to pay the extra fees incurred themselves.
WICKLOW INVITATIONAL ATHLETICS............FLASH MEET!
Summer Championship Warm up event @ Shoreline Sports Park, Greystones
Friday May 31st. 7-00pm - 9-00pm
Age Group / U12 + i.e all athletes must be 11 this year or older.
Events : Track Field
80m High Jump
250m Long Jump
1000m Shot Putt
Names & events to Theresa at training on Tues 28th or Wed 29th May.
Our training times are; Little Athletics Tues 5-6pm, age 7-11 yrs Tues & Fri 6-7pm, age 11+ 7-8.30pm Tues, Wed & Fri. All athletes should strive to arrive on time and all juvenile athletes (up to age 18) must remain on the track until the end of the training session. If your session is finished a little early some evenings, use the opportunity to do some extra stretching after your cool down, but do not leave the track until your coach tells you it’s time to go. If you do need to leave early on occasions, please arrange this with your coach at the beginning of the session. Younger athletes should be collected from the bottom gate if leaving early.
Athletes joining Greystones AC make a commitment to attend training regularly and we remind everyone that athletes who don’t attend for up to 3 weeks without notification, are assumed to have left the club. Many have very poor attendance, so we are now taking all those we haven’t seen or heard from off our check-in sheets and are offering the places to those on our long waiting list.
Club information is generally sent out via our newsletter and most regular communication is done via e-mail. Text is mainly used to send out notifications or reminders about events. Greystones AC is run entirely by volunteers and while we do our best to respond to texts & e-mails quickly, this is not always possible especially when at work, so please be patient and we will get back to you asap. Time is very very precious and while we are very lucky to have so many people willing to freely give their time to our young athletes we are struggling to cover some of the training sessions especially the 6-7pm ones, which is putting a lot of pressure on a few of our coaches. If you can spare an hour a week or even every second week, please get in touch. It can be very rewarding working with young children and watching them progress. We promise we won’t drop you in the deep end!