Tailteann Medal for Doireann Hickey
The Tailteann Inter Provincial Championships were held at the national stadium in Santry last Saturday. This was the first schools championship that was held since the pandemic took hold in March 2020. The best under 17 school going athletes from the four provinces competed at this event. First up were the race walking championships. Doireann Hickey Meanscoil san Nioclas represented Munster. Aisling Lane of Connacht raced into an early lead and held it all the way to the tape to take the gold medal. Leinster’s Ciara Wilson Bowen also opened up a gap on the rest of the field with Doireann tracking the second Leinster and Connacht athletes. As the race progressed Ciara Mooney of Leinster and Doireann began to up the pace and overhauled Ciara Wilson Bowen to take the silver and bronze medals respectively. Doireann was very happy with her performance which saw her walk 30secs faster than she did in last week’s Munster trials. After the event Doireann was selected as first reserve on the Irish team. She is young enough to compete at this event again next year.
Sarah Slevin Ardscoil na nDeise was the only other West Waterford athlete to make the Munster team competing in both the Shot and the Discus. Sarah finished 8th in the shot with a throw on 9m35. In the discus Sarah couldn’t reach the heights she did last week when she broke her personal best three times and finished 8th with a throw of 23.00. On a positive note Sarah was the second placed Munster girls in the competition improving from her third place in the trial.
Up Coming Cross Country Events
The cross country season will be getting underway and because of the covid guidelines all entries will be online. I will forward you the links as soon as I have them.
It all starts at the county championships so we would encourage all athletes to enter for both days of the championships. The age groups in athletics are calculated differently from other sports using your age on Dec 31st of the year of competition so to clear up any confusion
Those born in 2013 are under 9
Those born in 2012 are under 10
Those born in 2011 are under 11
Those born in 2010 are under 12
Those born in 2009 are under 13
Those born in 2008 are under 14
Those born in 2007 are under 15
Those born in 2006 are under 16
Those born in 2005 are under 17
Those born in 2004 are under 18
Dates for Your Diary
Sunday Sept 19 St Senans Open Cross Country @ the Sports Centre Kilmacow
For all information and entries check St Senan’s AC Facebook page
Sunday Sept 26th County Championships 11am start
WIT Arena Carriganore
Sunday Oct 3rd County Championships 11am start
St Augustine’s College
Sunday Oct 24th Munster Championships
Two Mile Borris Co Tipperary
Sunday Oct 31st Munster Championships
Two Mile Borris Co Tipperary
Sunday Nov 21st All Ireland Championships
Sunday Dec 5th All Ireland Championships
For family reasons I will miss Kilmacow next Sunday so can those competing text or email me their results. Photos also welcome by email or whatsapp.
Munster Development Squads and Academy
Email from Munster Secretary re development squads for anyone who wants to travel to Templemore. I’ll keep you posted.
Just some preliminary information regarding the Munster Development and Academy Squads for 2021/2022.
The Munster Development and Academy Squads will be taking place on the following dates in Templemore Track, Co. Tipperary.
- Saturday 18th September
- Saturday 16th October
- Saturday 13th November
- Saturday 4th December
The Development Squad is for athletes U12 to U15 and anyone can attend Events covered over the series of sessions will be Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Javelin, Pole Vault, Walks and Middle Distance.
The Academy Squad is for invited athletes only from U16 to U19. Selection will be made from the Munster T&F Championships (top 4 in each event). The cost for all the sessions will be 35 euro per athlete and I will be posting up an online entry link in the next few days together with further details.