Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 1st August 2016

The last competition of the season for our juvenile athletes was held in the RSC Waterford on Saturday last. Twenty eight young athletes from West Waterford competed in the Munster B Championships. For many of them this was their first competitive outing and they gave a very good account of themselves with nine of our athletes winning a total of ten medals. A large number of athletes from all six counties competed in a very competitive championships.

Gold for Kate Killigrew in the High Jump

WWAC’s only gold medal winner on the day was Kate Killigrew who put in a great performance in the under 14 girls high jump. Kate cleared 1m30 to ensure victory in the event. Later in the day she competed in the long jump finishing 7th with a jump of 3m90.

Silver for Jamie and Angelina in the Shot

WWAC had two medal winners in the shot competitions in the boys under 12 Jamie Coonan competing in his first Munster championship finished second as did Angelina Chizhikova in the girls under 12 event. Roisin and Lara Prunty finished 4th and 5th in the under 13 shot improving with every throw.

Silver for Lia and Dani Cunningham

Sisters Lia and Dani Cunningham both won silver medals in their events. Dani finished 2nd in the girls under 16 800m and Lia was second in the girls under 13 high jump. Younger sister Ally was just outside the medals finishing 4th in the 600m and 5th in the high jump just ahead of team mate Hannah McCarthy.

Silver for Sarah and David Gaffney

Sarah Gaffney won her first Munster medal when she finished second in the under 9 300m and also finished 4th in the long jump with a jump of 2m93.

David Gaffney qualified for the final of the under 10 60m running 9.9 he improved on that in the final to take the silver medal in a time of 9.6. David also competed in the 500m which came hot on the heels of the sprint final and he was caught for pace in the final straight to finish in 4th place.
Bronze for Megan Keogh and Ian Holmes

Megan Keogh was the only WWAC athlete to win two medals on the day. She finished very strongly in the under 14 80m to snatch the bronze medal on the line. In the under 14 long jump only one cm separated second and third , Megan took the bronze medal with a jump of 4m 28.
Ian Holmes qualified for the final of the boy’s under 11 60m. Ian ran 9.6 in the heats but had to run even faster in the final crossing the line in 9.4 to win the bronze medal.

Notable Performances from our New Athletes

There were some very good performances from some of our athletes who were competing at this level for the first time. Conor Davidson finished 4th in a very close 80m under 13. Conor finished with a time of 12.00 just one tenth of a second behind second and third who both were given a time of 11.9. He also had a personal best in the long jump jumping 4m06 just 7cm behind the third placed athlete. Sam Blake ran very strongly in the boys under 9 300m to finish in 4th place. Conor Fennell was another to finish just outside the medals in 4th. He came with a very strong last 100m of the 600m but the gap was too far and he just could not catch the 3rd place runner. Earlier in the day his sister Katie had a good run in the girls under 9 300m.


Eoghan Lattimore led home the West Waterford boys in the under 11 600m finishing 8th in 2.09.3 with Darragh O’Regan hot on his heels in 2.09.5 and Ian Holmes next in 209.7. These three have the makings of a very good cross country team. Nickey Fitzpatrick finished 9th in the under 10 500m in 1.46 with Roan Mansfield 9th in the boys under 12 600m in 2.04. Grainne Moore ran a very fast first 400m in the girls under 11 600m but ran out of steam in the home straight , a little more racing experience will sort this out as Grainne learns to pace her race we look forward to seeing her in action in the cross country.
Well done also to Daniel Coonan, Donal Rowe, Paddy McCarthy, Aoife O’Donovan, Aisling O’Donovan and Kate Keogh who all competed on the day. All the boys track results and girls field events results are up on the Munster athletics website the girls track results and boys field event performances will be up later in the week.

There will be a break in training for the next few weeks. See you all back on Wednesday August 31st for the start of cross country training.

The juvenile committee would like to extend their sympathies to the family of Michael O’Riordan who passed to his eternal reward recently. May he rest in peace.