Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 08 july 2019

All Ireland 800m Title for Lucy Holmes 
The best and most talented athletes in Ireland headed to Tullamore last Sunday for Day 1 of the Irish Life Health National Championships. Athletes had to qualify through their provinces for this event so only the cream made it to the top. West Waterford Lucy Holmes was our only athlete on the track but she made sure West Waterford was on top of the podium with a superb tactical run that saw her win the 800m under 18 to add to the under 17 title she won last year. A very strong field of twelve athletes toed the start line and were very closely bunched over the first 300m with a lot of jostling for position. To get herself out of any danger Lucy went to the front just before the bell and controlled the race from the front to cross the line for a very impressive win. Lucy will be in action in Tullamore again next Sunday where she will seek to add the 1500m title to her growing list of national titles.
Good Jumping from Saoirse Kelly
West Waterford’s only other athlete in action last Sunday was Saoirse Kelly who was in action in the triple jump. This is Saoirse’s first season in athletics and she has made a very impressive start to her athletics career. Competing first in the county championship she won the long jump. She then went on to compete at the Munster championships where she finished in the top eight in the long jump but a week later she was on the podium when she finished 2nd in the triple jump qualifying for her first All Ireland. On Sunday she put together a good series of jumps and qualified for the final jump off finishing 7th with a jump of 8m78.
Double for Aislinn o’Regan at English Games in Derby 
Aislinn O’Regan travelled to Derby last weekend to take part in the DES Junior
Games. This was a big step up in competition for Aislinn as she competed against the best English athletes and was competing under 18. Aislinn was in action in the Discus on Saturday. There was a big field with fourteen athletes competing.
 Conditions were not very conducive to good throwing as the circle was damp and slippery. Finding it difficult to execute the turn on the slippery surface Aislinn reverted to a standing throw and threw the longest throw of the day 14m86. On Sunday Aislinn took up where she left off winning the shot in a very competitive field. Next up for Aislinn will be the IWA Senior Championships which will be held in Santry next weekend.
Irish Life Health All Ireland Championships Day 2 and 3
All roads lead to Tullamore on Saturday for Day 2 and Sunday for Day 3 of the Irish Life Health National Championships . West Waterford will have athletes competing on both days. 
Satuday July 13th
Doireann Hickey under 14 Walk
Eoin Buenaventura under 17 boys High Jump
Katie Kenneally under 15 Pole Vault
Alannah Kelly under 18 Pole Vault
Sarah Slevin under 15 Discus
Sunday July 14th
Lucy Holmes under 18 1500m
Sarah Slevin under 15 Javelin and Shot
Tadhg O’Sullivan under 15 Pole Vault
Eoin Buenaventura under 17 Pole Vault
Patrick Fitzgerald  under 19 Pole Vault
Sam o’Neil under 19 Pole Vault
The timetable for the two days can be found on the Athletics Ireland website. The times are only a guide as the programme may go ahead of schedule so arrive in plenty of time to stretch and warm up.
All Ireland B Championships Sunday July 21st
The All Ireland B Championships will be held in Tullamore on Sunday 21st of July. Any athlete who did not qualify for the A championships can compete in the B Championships. At the moment we have just two athletes entered in this event. Angelina Chizhikove will compete in the under 15 800m and Fionn o’Mhurchú will compete in the long jump and high jump. If anyone else wants to compete in these championships please contact Mary Ashe this week.
Training Coming to an End this Week
Many of our athletes have put in a very long season competing for school and club over the last few months. It is time now to take a break and recharge the batteries ready for the cross country season.
Training will finish on Friday July 12th and will start again when the schools return again at the end of August.
West Waterford AC juvenile committee would like to thank all thise who collected and supported our flag day last weekend.