Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 9th May 2016

A Good Day for WWAC Athletes at County Track and Field Championships

Day one of the county championships were held in Waterford despite a clash with first communions and the ladies football and hurling league finals forty athletes from West Waterford competed across all age groups on the track and in the field.
First up were the sprints and there were wins for David Gaffney under 10, Ian Holmes under 11, Mark McGarry under 14, Aoife O’Brien under 15 and Caoimhe Dwyer under 18. Megan Keogh finished 2nd under 14 as did Alex Wagner under 16. Sarah Gaffney won her first county medal finishing 3rdunder 9 as did Aoife Dee when she was third in the under 16 100m. Kate Killigrew also sprinted to bronze in the girls under 14. Caoimhe Dwyer added another gold when she won the under 18 400m.

West Waterford Athletes Dominate Middle Distance Events

Sarah Gaffney got us off to a great start with a win in the under 9 girls 300m. Her brother David followed up with a win in the under 10 boys 500m with David Nyhan coming strongly in the last 150m to take the bronze medal. Ian Holmes ran a very well paced race to finish 2nd under 11. In the girls under 12 it was a clean sweep for West Waterford with Ally Cunningham taking the gold ahead of CaoimhePrendergast in second and Angelina Chizhikove 3rd. Tommy Fennell was a clear winner of the boys under 13 600mcoming home well ahead of the second placed athlete. In the under 14 1500m Megan Keogh and Kate Killigrew ran together for most of the race with Megan having the better sprint at the end to win the gold with Kate taking the silver.


The closest race of the day was the under 15 girls 1500m where Una O’Brien Tramore led from the start closely followed by Lucy Holmes. The girls matched each other stride for stride over the last 80m with Lucy just inching ahead to take the gold. Both girlsrecorded new personal best times. Kate Hickey was a comfortable winner of the girls under 16 1500m improving on her best time as she has done in each of her races over the past three weeks. Cian O’Riordanhad a good run over 1500 to finish second in the under 16 boys and Dairine Ní Sheanlaoich rounded off a very successful day with a win in the under 18 girls.

Success in the Jumping and Throwing Events

The girls were in action in the High Jump this week and there were wins for Ally Cunningham under 12 and Kate Killigrew under 14 with both equalling their personal bests. In the under 18 High Jump Dairina NíSheanlaoich added another gold with Caoimhe Dwyer finishing second and Ciara McKenna also took a silver in the under 16 girls as did Sinead O’Brien in the under 17 girls and Rachel Flavin under 14. There were bronze medals for Megan Keogh under 14 and Aoife O’Brien under 16. Next week it will be the turn of the boys to High Jump.
Caoimhe Dwyer added a third gold when she won the under 18 triple jump with Dairina Ní Sheanlaoich in second place. Alex Wagner competing for the first time took gold in the boys under 16 triple jump with Samm Warren jumping to second place. In the under 16 girls triple jump Ciara McKenna took silver with Danni Cunningham finishing third while DiarmuidHarty finished 3rd in the under 17 triple. Ally Cunningham was our only medal winner in the Long jumps when she finished 3rd in the under 12 girls event.

We had a number of recent recruits competing for the first time and they were very competitive in the throwing events. Orna Nic Aoire won the under 14 hammer and was third in the shot just behind Rachel Flavin in 2nd place. Tammy Whelan was first in the under 15 hammer and Ailbhe Ní Sheanlaoich was second.


Ciara McKenna won the under 15 girls shot and AoifeDee finished third just one cm ahead of the 4th placed athlete. Angelina Chizhikova won another bronze in the under 12 shot. Kate Keogh finished third in the under 13 shot as did Sinead O’Brien in the under 17 age group.

In the under 16 boys Luke Power had a double winning both the Discus and Javelin and recording personal bests in both throwing the discus over 30m for the first time in competition. Sam Warren Also had a personal best when he finished second in the discus. We had only one medal winner in the turbo javelinswhere Daniel Coonan took bronze in the under 11 event.

The day finished off with the relays. The under 11 quartet of David Gaffney, Darragh O’Regan, Daniel Coonan and Ian Holmes were clear winners in the boys under 11race as did the under 15 team of AoifeO’Brien, Kate Killigrew, Megan Keogh and Lucy Holmes, while the under 13 team of CaoimhePrendergst, Kate Keogh, Angelina Chizhikova and Ally Cunningham finished third.

Small School Heats on Thursday 12th May

We had a great night last Thursday night at the big school heats. We started bang on 6.30 and all seventy five races were run off in less than two hours. As the weather forecast for this week is showery and windy we will be hoping for another dry night on Thursday for the small school heats. With even more races to be run this week we will start lining up for the sprints @6.15. Parking in the grounds of the school will be limited and on a first come first in basis so we urge everyone to arrive early and give the younger children a chance to settle in before they run.

East Munster Boys Championships in Templemore on Wed 11th May @ 11.30

A very competitive East Munster Girls schools championship was held in the RSC on Wed last. St Augustine’s and the Ard Scoil fielded strong teams and have qualified over twenty athletes for the GloHealth Munster School Championships. On Wednesday the boys will compete in Templemore for places in the Munster Championships with the first three in each event qualifying. All the local schools are competing and we wish all their athletes the best of luck.

Upcoming Events

  • Wed 11th May East Munster Boys Championships Templemore @ 11.30
  • Thurs 12th May Primary Schools Sports Heats Small Schools St Augustines @ 6.30
  • Sunday 15th May County Championships Day 2 Waterford RSC @11.00
  • Thurs 19th May Western Primary Schools Finals St Augustines @ 6.30
  • Sat 21st May Glohealth Munster Schools Championships Waterford RSC @9.30
  • Sat May 28th & Sun 29th Munsters under 9--13
  • Thurs June 2nd County Schools Finals
  • Sat June 4th Glohealth All Ireland Schools Championships Tullamore @9am