Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 08 January 2018.

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
December  Combined Credit Union Award for Caoimhe Prendergast
On Monday last at Grange Upper Credit Union Caoimhe Prendergast was the latest West Waterford athlete to be presented with a Credit Union Award. Caoimhe one of the youngest award winners won the award for her run in the All Ireland Championships where she finished 7th in the girls under 14 race this was the highest place finish by a Waterford athlete on the day. Caoimhe had a fine cross country season winning both the county championships under 13 and 14. In the Munster Championships she finished 2nd under 13 and was also a scoring member of the Munster team that won the inter provincial title at the All Ireland Championships. Well done Caoimhe.
Pole Vaulters Compete with Senior Club   
Some of our juvenile pole vaulters moved up to compete with the senior club at the Munster Junior Championships last weekend. Patrick Fitzgerald had a new personal best vaulting 3m 60 to take the gold medal. Sam O’Neil cleared 3m to finish just outside the medals in 4th place. The standard was very high in the girl’s competition with the top three competitors clearing over 3m. Alannah Kelly cleared 2m40 to finish 5th.
 Colligan Juvenile Shield Sunday January 21st
Sunday January 15th will be a busy one in Colligan.  The juvenile Colligan Shield will get under way at the earlier time of 11am this year.  This event, which will again be sponsored by Albert McGrath Newsagents, challenges an athlete’s pace and judgement as well as their running skills.
This is an open event and anyone can take part. The juvenile race will be run over one circuit of Colligan.  The person with the slowest predicted time will start first and the fastest runners will go off last so speed or age makes no difference. The winner will be the first person home after the clock hits zero.  Last year 39 juveniles took part in this event and we hope for even bigger numbers this year. Last year’s winner was Aimee Ryan who was just five seconds outside her predicted time.  All five prize-winners were within 30secs of their predicted times.  Remember it is not how fast you run that counts but how near you are to your predicted time. Last year just 7 athletes ran faster than predicted.  Registration starts at 10.15.
Training for Schools Cross Country
Training started last Monday for those competing in the schools cross country in January and February. Training continues on Wednesday @6.15 in the Friary and Saturday morning in the Friary @10am. All athletes of secondary school age are welcome.
The juvenile committee would like to extend their condolences to committee member Sandra Healy and the Clancy family on the death of their father Michael R.I.P. 
Upcoming Events 
Sunday Jan 21st Colligan Cup 11am Start
Friday Jan 26th Waterford Schools Cross Country 11.30 Friary
Thursday Feb 8th East Munster Schools Cross Country Carriganore 12.30