Juvenile News 09 August 2021


All Ireland Medals for the Hickey Sisters


The long tradition of successful West Waterford walkers continued in Tullamore last Friday night when Eabha and Doireann Hickey were successful in the race walking events at the National Juvenile Championships. Eabha and Doireann are the daughters of Nicola Costin who was on the podium many times at club and schools All Irelands and was the first student from Ard Scoil na nDeise to win an All Ireland schools medal. Their uncle Jamie also represented Ireland at the Sydney and Athens Olympics and the girls are coached by their aunt Zuzanne also an Olympian for her native Slovakia. This top class coaching coupled with their participation all through lockdown in the Robert Heffernan Walking Academy was evident in the excellent technique shown by both girls in their events on Friday night.

First in action was Eabha when the under 14 and 15 girls went off together. Eabha started slowly but as the race progressed she grew in confidence and passed several athletes on each lap and finishing in a new personal best time of  12.17.42.

We had to wait for a while as the judges sorted out both races before we learned much to everyone’s delight that Eabha finished in 3rd place in the under 15 race.


Doireann also started her race on a slow burn as Keelin Duggan St Senan’s set off at a very fast pace followed by Sinead Maher South Galway. Doireann slowly made her way towards the leading pair and as they came into the home straight with 900m to go Doireann went into the lead. In a hard fought race Sinead matched Doireann stride for stride over the next 880 metres and it was only in the last twenty metres that Doireann put daylight between herself and her rival to win by just over a second in a new personal best of 10.18.83. These were excellent performance in a cold wet and windy Tullamore that was more akin to November than August.


New Personal Bests for Sarah and Saoirse


It is always good to come away from a National championship and know that you gave it your all when recording a new personal best performance. Lockdown has been difficult for those competing in technical events as they had very little coaching or access to tracks during the past year but the young athletes came to Tullamore determined to do their best. Conditions were better on Sunday and though the athletes had to contend with a blustery wind the rain stayed away. First in action for West Waterford was Sarah Slevin in the under 17 discus and Sarah improved on her personal best with a throw of 24.64 which was almost 70cms ahead of her throw in the Munsters. Sarah finished in 5th position and was the first of the Munster girls finishing a metre ahead of Kate Naughton who had pipped her in the final round to take gold in Munster. Sarah also went in the shot and made the cut for the final eight finishing 7th with 9.82 which also was an improvement on her Munster performance.

Saoirse Quinn is new to athletics as she only took up the throwing events this year and caused a surprise by winning the Munster under 16. On Sunday competing in her first All Ireland she improved her personal best by two and a half metres throwing 21.15 to finish 5th. This competition was so close that only 40cms separated 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th. Well done to both girls and to club coaches Greg Ashe and Bro. Lennon.


We will be back in Tullamore next Saturday as Paul Mullarkey competes in the boys under 18 shot.

Well done to West Waterford’s John Mc Grath and Athletics Ireland Juvenile Committee on a superbly run championships in these difficult covid times.


Club Championships


In July we ran a very successful club championships event with over fifty athletes taking part. For many of our athletes this was their only competition of the year as unfortunately the County Championships were cancelled due to the Covid spike in West Waterford. Athletes competed in five events short sprint, long sprint, middle distance, long jump and throwing event.


Under 10 Girls

1 Ruth Walsh 40pts

2 Leah Kiely 39pts

3 Alicia Radley 37pts


Under 10 Boys

1 Jarleth Hurney 48pts

2 Dan Moynihan 42pts

3 Conor McGovern 21pts


Under 11 Girls

1 Ava Kiely   46pts

2 Ciara O’Donovan 40pts

3 Aimee Barry 25pts


Under 11 Boys

1Patrick Mullaney 46pts

2Lochlainn Hurney 44pts

3Mark McLoughlin21pts


Under 12

1 Isabelle Gaffney 46pts

2 Cathal McKenna 39pts

3 Rosie Berryman 38pts


Under 13

1Sarah Hallissiey 44pts

2 Leah Wall 40pts

3 Eoin Morrissey 30pts



Under 14

1Lauren Cliffe 35pts

2 Sarah O’Riordan 34pts

3 Clodagh Cunningham 29pts


 Over 14

1Angelina Chizhikova 38pts

2Lia Cunningham  38pts

3Fiona O’Riordan 36pts


If you missed the presentation of prizes contact Mary Ashe to arrange to collect your trophy.


Hurdles training will continue this Wednesday at 6pm in the Friary