Tailteann medals for Doireann and Saoirse
The Tailteann Inter Provincial Championships were held in Tullamore last Saturday. The Tailteann medal is the most prized in schools athletics and also the most difficult to achieve. There is only a two year window in which an athlete can compete in the Tailteann Games and the competition takes in athletes from three age groups under 16, 17 and 18. Two more West Waterford athletes joined the ranks of Tailteann medal winners last weekend.
Doireann Hickey was first up in the 3000m walk. Doireann had finished 3rd in the walk at the All Ireland Schools Championships but the distance in the Tailteann was a 1000m longer and the added distance certainly suited Doireann. Aisling Lane (Connaught), the eventual winner set off at a hectic pace and was soon clear of the chasing bunch which was led by Aoife Tuthill and Doireann Hickey both representing Munster. As the race progressed it was Connaught one, two and Doireann in 3rd place. With about 800m to go Doireann made her move and pushed in to second place and began to pull away from Sinead Maher and despite a late rally by Sinead and Siobhan O’Reilly also from Connaught held her form all the way to the line and finish in 2nd place with a new personal best time of 16.12.39
Early in the day Saoirse Quinn represented Munster in the hammer event where she finished in 5th place with a throw of 34.94. Later in the afternoon she competed in the discus. Saoirse only took up the discus this time last year and she has made huge strides over the year. On Saturday she had to be at her best to come anywhere close to the medals. It was a miserable day for throwing with gusting wind and heavy downpours leaving the circle wet. Saoirse got out her first throw well and then upped her performance in each round to leave her with a best of 29m 77 which was further than she threw in the Munster or All Ireland Schools Championships and is a new personal best for Saoirse who is inching closer all the time to the 30m mark. Leinster athletes dominated the competition filling first and second place with Saoirse flying the flag for Munster in 3rd place. Saoirse is still under age for this event next year so she can look forward to competing in the event again next year.
International Selection for Doireann Hickey
Following on from her 2nd place finish in the Tailteann Games Doireann Hickey (Meanscoil san Nioclas and West Waterford AC) will now represent the Doireann will compete against athletes from England, Scotland and Wales. This will be Doireann’s first international experience and all in West Waterford wish her the best of luck. Congratulations also to Avril Buckley Ard Scoil na nDeise and Corey Scanlon St Augustine’s both members of Finisk Valley who were also selected on the team in hammer and discus.
Club Championships Conclude
On Wednesday night training finished early as we had lots of prizes to present for our club championships. This year over 70 athletes competed in the championships over the four weeks. Most were there on Wed to collect their trophies and medals. Those who were already gone on holidays can collect their trophies over the next few Wednesday s at training. When all the trophies were presented Sylvia and Antoinette were ready with the ice creams so everyone went home happy. Full results and photos next week.
Training continues on Wed and Fri @6pm