Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 05 August 2019

First International Medal for Lucy Holmes.
The first ever Youth Nations Cup was held in Santry Stadium last Saturday with four teams competing Ireland Green (A), Ireland White (B), England Red (A), England White (B). Athletics Ireland Juvenile Committee headed up by West Waterford’s John McGrath were the host for the event and ran such a successful event that it is sure to grow in size over the coming years. West Waterford was represented at the Nations Cup as Lucy Holmes was one of only two Waterford athletes to be selected for the event. As well as competing in the 800m and the 4x400m Lucy had the honour of captaining the Ireland A team. This was a huge honour for Lucy her family and her club West Waterford and came as a result of a very successful season that saw Lucy win both the 800m and 1500m at the All Ireland Championships. As captain Lucy had the honour of leading out the Irish team in the parade of athletes and exchanging symbols with the England Red team.
On Saturday last at 2.20 two English athletes Annie Tester and Stephanie Moss and two Irish athletes Lucy Holmes and Ailbhe O’Neill took to the line. The gun went off and the first 100m was run in lanes. At the break at line on the back straight the athletes were almost in a straight line with Moss setting the pace and all four bunched closely together for the first lap. At the bell Moss and Tester tried to open up a gap but Lucy was staying with them down the back straight with Ailbe O’Neill further back in 4th.  Rounding the top bend the English girls began to pull away with Tester the strongest in the home straight crossing the line first. Lucy coming with her tademark strong finish began to eat up the ground on the final 100m and with each stride was closing the gap on Moss who just managed to cross the line ahead of Lucy with only one tenth of a second separating them.  Lucy’s time of 2.14.83 was a second faster than her winning time at the All Ireland. Well done Lucy we hope this will be the first of many international medals.
On Monday came the news that Lucy has been selected as the July winner of the Waterford Combined Credit Union Athletics Award.