Four Gold Medals and Two Records for West Waterford Athletes at National Championships
Zoe Scanlon wins West Waterfords first Gold
Tullamore was the venue for the first session of the national Club Championships and once again west Waterford’s young athletes showed they are as good as the best in Ireland. First in action was Zoe Scanlon in the under 15 Discus. She went into the event as Munster Champion and favourite to take the title and she did not disappoint. In her first throw she improved her personal best throw flinging the discus 34m 85cm, but this was only the start. Four times during the competition she improved her personal tally to finish with a throw of 37m 39cm.
Gold Medal and New Record for Kate Veale
Kate Veale has improved her times with every walking race she has taken part in this season and last Saturday was no exception. From the gun she settled in behind the leaders sizing up the opposition. It wasn’t long before she took up the lead and led for the last four laps coming home a clear winner in 10m 40.45s and in the process taking 5secs off the record.
Silver for Aisling Fennell
Aisling Fennell was also in action in the girls under 17 Pole Vault and she cleared 2m 40cm to take the silver medal. There were two athletes who were unlucky to finish outside the medals. Despite a bad start Lisa Houlihan came through strongly to qualify for the final of the 80m Hurdles. The final was a very close affair with the top five finishing almost in line and Lisa being awarded 4th place. Louise O’ Neill was one of only four competitors in the under 17 Hammer to record throws over 30m but just four centimetres separated her from third place at the end of the competition. In the girls under 16 Hammer Meg Fitzgerald made it into the final finishing in 6th place.
Gold Medal and Championship Record for Thomas Houlihan
Bronze for Joe Conway
On Sunday Thomas got off to off to a winning start with some fine jumping in the under 16 pole Vault. He cleared a height of 4m which added 42cms to the championship best performance which was set back in 1980. He was a metre ahead of his nearest rival. This performance should give him added confidence as her heads for the schools international next weekend. In the same event Joe Conway who was competing in his first All Ireland finished third to capture the bronze medal.
Gold for Patrick Palmer in under 17 Pole Vault
There was further success in the under 17 Pole Vault where Patrick Palmer was in winning form. This was the final medal winning performance by West Waterford’s athletes. Leann Herlihy jumped 1m 35cms in the under 14 High Jump to finish in 6th position. Our only other competitor Mark Shalloe finished down the field in a very fast 800m.
Well done to all who competed at this prestigious championship.
Schools International Next Weekend
On Saturday next the best under 17 athletes from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales will compete against each other in the annual Schools International in Newport Wales. There will be three West Waterford athletes on the team Thomas Houlihan in the Boys Pole Vault, Lisa Houlihan in the Girls Pole Vault and Zoe Scanlon in the Discus. Lisa and Zoe are the youngest members of the team and will be under age for this event for the next two years.
The annual sports will be held in Araglin on Wed. next July 25th starting at 6.30. West Waterford will run a bus to this event and it will be a fun night out for all our younger athletes. Anyone who is training is invited to come and take part. Check the board at training for details of events and bus times.