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Heffernan Win’s in Naumburg

18 May, 2014 - 21:56

World Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) continued his preparations for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich with a victory in today’s International Race-Walking Grand Prix in Naumburg, Germany.

Heffernan dropped down in distance to 20km for today’s race and showed his class by winning the race in a time of 1:21.07, ahead of Christopher Linke (SC Potsdam) second in a time of 1:21.18. It was an encouraging performance by Heffernan with the major goal for the year being the 50km race at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich.

In the same race Alex Wright (Calry AC) finished sixth in a time of 1:23.52 with Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) eleventh in a time of 1:28.24.

At the Loughborough International Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) made his season’s debut in the 110m hurdles finishing second in a time of 13.79. The race was run into a -0.8 headwind and was won by Lawrence Clarke (England) in a time of 13.56. It was an impressive run by Reynolds and only just outside the 13.65 qualifying standard for the European Championships.

Gemmas Run

18 May, 2014 - 21:17

Gemmas 5k memorial run held Aghyaran,Co Tyrone drew close to 600 from both sides of the border Friday evening to a well organised event proceeds in excesss of £ 5000 to Musgrave Hosp ,Belfast .Everybody was a winner for what was a fitting tribute to the memory of a young local woman Gemma Mc Hale who died tragically in a road accident .

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High Performance Unit Supporting Relay Squads

15 May, 2014 - 16:35

The Athletics Ireland High Performance unit is committed to supporting and developing, Relay Squads to provide sprinters with a realistic pathway to represent Ireland at the major championships. Qualification of teams for this year’s European Track and Field Championships is seen as important stepping stone towards qualification of teams at the Rio 2016 Olympic. The long-term objective for Irish Relay Squads is in line with the core objective of the High Performance Strategic Plan; to deliver more medals on the World stage.

Three team Relay Co-ordinators have been appointed. Terrie Cahill who has vast experience both as a former International athlete and as a coach will head up the women’s 4×100m relay squad. Cahill coached the women’s relay squad to an Irish Record in 2010. Double European 400m Indoor Champion and Record Holder David Gillick will oversee the Men’s 4×400m team. While Daniel Kilgallon who looks after up and coming sprinting stars in Tallaght AC will coach and co-ordinate the junior men’s 4×100m relay squad.

Support will be provided to Relay Squads that have potential to run/or have achieved the standard set in the qualification policies for major championships. Depth and quality is needed in events with a minimum of five athletes that meet the Individual Relay Standards needed for support to be made available from the relay programme.

In 2014 support will be provided to Senior Women’s 4×100m and Men’s 4×400m with the target of achieving qualification for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August. Both teams will need to achieve a top 16 European ranking to secure qualification. While the junior 4×100m men’s squad are targeting the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon with a qualification time needed of 40.10, the current Irish Junior Record stands at 40.60.

The relay team members are selected from the relays panels. The athletes pre-selected for the relay panels were selected based on the 2013/14 ranking lists, current form in 2014; relay experience and availability and commitment to the relay programme. To be added to the relay panel for 2014 athletes will have to achieve the Individual Relay Standard Click Here For Further Details

Leinster Schools (Day 1)

15 May, 2014 - 14:56

Day one of the Aviva Leinster Schools Track & Field Championships took place in Santry Stadium on Wednesday, 14th of May. The event brought together the cream of Ireland’s young athletic talent to compete for a place in the prestigious Aviva All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on the 31st of May. The following records were broken on a thrilling day of track and field action:

Day 1 Record

U16 Girls 200m Aine O Connor (St. Mary’s Naas) 26.85sec
Senior Girls Steeplechase Alison Armstrong (Coolmine C.C) 5:21:37.
Inter Girls Steeplechase (Killina Secondary School) Emily Greenan 5:25:71.
Minor Girls Relay (St. Vincent’s Dundalk) 52.28
Minor Girls Javelin Kate O Connor (St. Vincent’s Dundalk) 36m.
Minor Boys 800m Mark Milner (Cholaiste Choilm Tullamore) 2:02:51.
U16 Boys Relay 4 x 300m (St Aidan’s) 2:34:99.
Junior Girls Hammer Lauren O’Keeffe (Loreto Balbriggan) 53:02m.

Girls Results

Boys Results

Leinster Multi-Events Workshop

14 May, 2014 - 15:48

Calling all athletes and coaches who are interested in multi-events. There will be two being workshops held in St. Laurence O’Tooles AC in Carlow on Wednesday 21st May and Wednesday 4th of June from 6-9pm each evening.

On the first night the following will be covered:

1. Sprints starts.
2. Hurdles
3. Shot Putt
4. Long Jump

Athlete MUST do 2 events. In addition there will be a talk on how to be prepared for competition. This will be of interest to both athletes and coaches.

Open to athletes over 13 years and coaches only.

Cost - €5 per Athlete/Coach

To book your place please contact:
Colin Byrne - colinbyrne@athleticsireland.ie
Pat Power - 087-9586138

Psychology Workshop

13 May, 2014 - 16:03

The psychology workshop on Sunday May 11th in UL by Dr Tadhg MacIntyre was both thought provoking and inspiring. Both athletes and coaches were invited to reflect on their own performance(s), asked to think about how they react to certain situations and stimuli as well as consider how they can improve their performance from a psychological perspective.

Two of the main themes that emerged were the importance of both positivity and personal support structures (friends, family, training partners, coaches etc.) and that these were equally important for the coach as well as the athlete. Tadhg facilitated each of the groups in the set tasks, ensuring that everyone received feedback pertinent to them. The workshop was enjoyed by all and everyone left with something that would potentially help them ‘perform’ better, both in training and competition.

Sincere thanks to Tadhg for delivering the workshop.

Irish Team Announced For European Youth Olympic Trials

13 May, 2014 - 11:38

15 Irish athletes have been named on the Irish Team for the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku, Azerbaijan from the 30th of May to the 1st of June. The European trials also act as the qualifying event for the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China in August.

The trials will bring together the best Youth Athletes (16/17 years of age) from all across Europe to compete in a variety of track and field events. The Irish team will be represented across the board with athletes competing in throws, jumps, sprints and middle distance events:

Sprints/Hurdles

Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) who achieved the qualifying mark in three events (long jump, high jump and 100m hurdles) will contest the 100m hurdles event in Baku. Morland has enjoyed a fantastic 2014 season already including setting a national youth record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.55.

Phoebe Murphy (Clonmel AC) and Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn AC) were members of the gold medal winning relay team at the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Utrecht, Netherlands. Both athletes will use this experience as they contest the 200m events at this year’s championships.

Middle Distance

Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) who struck gold over 800m at the 2013 EYOF’s will spearhead the middle-distance challenge in Baku as she contests the 800m event. William Crowe (North Sligo AC) another medallist from last year’s EYOF’s goes in the boy’s 1,500m event. Pierre Murchan (Celtic DCH) competed in the recent IMC race in Greystones (10th May) running a time of 8.38.01 in the 3,000m to bag himself the standard and a place on the team.

Throws

There will be seven throwers representing Ireland at the championships led by Michaela Walsh (Swinford AC) in the Shot Putt. Walsh has been in fine form this season producing a new championship best performance of 15.08m at the national juvenile championships in March. Ann-Marie Torsney (Fingallians AC) will join Walsh in the Shot Putt event as she threw a personal best of 13.06m to secure her place on the team.

Aoife Vaughan-Witts (Borriskane AC), James Williams (Shercock AC) and Adam King (Iveragh AC) will all contest the hammer event after achieving the required standard. Eoin Sheridan (North Westmeath) has enjoyed a breakthrough season including setting a new Irish Youth Record of 56.38m in early April. He is joined in the discus by Andrew Barkley (City of Lisburn AC) who has thrown 52.10m this year.

Jumps

Donagh Mahon (Gowran AC) will lead the charge in the high jump and he will be joined in the event by Keith Marks (Cushinstown AC). Mahon has been in record breaking form this season setting a new Irish Youth Record of 2.10m in March. Mark’s has also been over 2m this year clearing 2.03m to secure his place on the team.

The Irish team’s preparations for the trials have included a warm weather training camp in Monte Gordo, Portugal in April. The camp was overseen by Junior High Performance

Manager Jacqui Freyne and provided athletes with an opportunity to fine-tune their form pre-season. Athletics Ireland would like to congratulate all athletes on their selection and wish them and their coaches the best of luck at the championships.

Irish Team

Fingal Primary Schools Cross Country

12 May, 2014 - 08:55

The finals of the Fingal Primary Schools Cross Country League were held recently at Morton Stadium, Santry. This was a significant event with over 1,600 young athletes representing over 50 schools from all corners of the Fingal region. This is an annual event and represents a very successful collaboration between Athletics Ireland and Fingal County Council.

The initial event involving 5 schools in 2007 has grown into a superb league which prioritises participation and fun for all participants. The early rounds of the competition take place in parks throughout Fingal with the final being held in Morton Stadium.

The event was marshalled superbly by a combination of Fingal County Council staff, AAI club members and volunteers.

Pictures courtesy of Orla Murray of Ark Photography.

Fionnuala Britton Finishes’ Fourth at Highgate 10k

11 May, 2014 - 16:10

Double European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) finished in fourth place at the Highgate 10k in London on Saturday, 10th of May. The race was billed as a head to head between Britton and the current European Cross Country Champion Sophie Duarte of France.

Jo Pavey of Great Britain was also lining up, the pace was set up to bring the athletes under the 32.15 qualification standard for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich. After passing the halfway point in 16.09, Britton started to lose ground on the leaders and struggled to maintain the pace over the second half of the race.

Pavey proved the strongest and won the race in a time of 32.11.04 with Britton finishing in fourth place in a time of 32.57.49. Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin AC) who was recently announced on the Irish team in the marathon for the European Championships finished in seventh place in a time of 33.19.43.

Away from the action in Highgate, Sarah Collins (Finn Valley AC) was also competing in a 10,000m race at the Big East Championships in Villanova. Collins won the race in a time of 33.36.36 which was a new Irish U23 Record. The time broke the old record of 33.37.4 held by Aisling Ryan which had stood since 1988.

Qualification Standards for the European Track and Field Championships

The selection policy for the European Track and Field Championships looks to raise performance standards for Irish Athletes.

This selection philosophy is in-line with High Performance Vision of ‘More athletes winning on the World Stage’.

A Standards

• The A standards were determined by reviewing previous performances at European Championships combined with the progression standards outlined in the Athlete Carding Scheme.
• The qualifications standards set provide an opportunity for an athlete selected to achieve a top 8 -12 placing at the championships.
• An athlete will be considered for selection if they have achieved an A standard within the qualification period.

B Standards

• The B standards apply to carded development athletes only.
• Development athletes are defined in the Athlete Carding Scheme as aged 24 and under and as having Olympic potential in 2016/2020 and as having hit specific performance targets twice and placed at major championships . Full details available on Here
• The Selectors may however, in their sole discretion, identify individuals who are not carded as ‘Development Athletes’ and consider them for selection based on the B standards
• A development athlete must achieve the standard twice within the qualification period to be considered for selection.
• The B standards are the European Athletics qualifications standards

Qualification Period
• 1 January 2013 to 5 May 2014: Marathon
• 1 January 2013 to 19 May 2014: 50k Walk
• 1 January 2014 to 21 July 2014: All Others

Eligibility
• Must compete in the Senior Track and Field Championships
• Be a member of Athletics Ireland
• Fill out National Declaration form

Full Selection Policy Here

Foster Equals McSweeney’s Irish 100m Record & Achieves European Standard

10 May, 2014 - 21:12

Irish 100m Record Equalled
Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) has equalled the 100m Irish Record of 11.40 hold by Ailis McSweeney when finishing third at the Sprint Elite meet in Florida, USA. This time also equals the Athletics Ireland qualification standard for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August.

World Indoor Championships
Foster who is coached by David Reid, achieved the World Indoor 60m qualification standard but made the decision not to compete at the championship to focus on achieving the standard for the European Championships (and Commonwealth Games).

Early Season Form
That decision has paid with off with Foster basing herself in Florida, USA in early spring to train and compete. She opened her outdoor season with 11.50 at the Tom Jones Meet on April 19th. A week later at the Spring Invitational she again ran 11.50 and a wind assisted 11.38. The run of good form culminated with the 11.40 legal run today.

Please Note
The selection policy for the European Track and Field Championships looks to raise performance standards for Irish Athletes. This selection philosophy is in-line with High Performance Vision of ‘More athletes winning on the World Stage’.

A Standards

-The A standards were determined by reviewing previous performances at European Championships combined with the progression standards outlined in the Athlete Carding Scheme.
- The qualifications standards set provide an opportunity for an athlete selected to achieve a top 8 -12 placing at the championships.
- An athlete will be considered for selection if they have achieved an A standard within the qualification period.

B Standards
- The B standards apply to carded development athletes only.
- Development athletes are defined in the Athlete Carding Scheme as aged 24 and under and as having Olympic potential in 2016/2020 and as having hit specific performance targets twice and placed at major championships
- The Selectors may however, in their sole discretion, identify individuals who are not carded as ‘Development Athletes’ and consider them for selection based on the B standards
- A development athlete must achieve the standard twice within the qualification period to be considered for selection.
- The B standards are the European Athletics qualifications standards

Qualification Period
• 1 January 2013 to 5 May 2014: Marathon
• 1 January 2013 to 19 May 2014: 50k Walk
• 1 January 2014 to 21 July 2014: All Others

Eligibility
• Must compete in the Senior Track and Field Championships
• Be a member of Athletics Ireland
• Fill out National Declaration form

Full Selection Policy

Draw For National League

9 May, 2014 - 16:05

The National Track and Final League begins on Sunday, 18th of May with leading clubs and counties countrywide battling it out for a coveted place in the National League Final in August. There are a record number of 63 teams entered between the premier and division one categories.

Dundrum South Dublin AC are the defending women’s premier championships will begin their challenge in Sligo along with 2013 premier men’s team Crusaders AC. Wexford Athletics women’s team and Kildare Athletics men’s team won the respective division one title last year will move up to the premier division this year and compete in Waterford IT for round one.

Round two of the league will take place in Athlone and Santry on June 22nd with the League Final scheduled for August 3rd in Tullamore. Qualification for the final is by total number of points scored over the two rounds with the top 8 team from each division progressing to the final.

League Draw

Eoin Keith Wins 6 Day Ultra

9 May, 2014 - 15:11

Eoin Keith notched up another notable victory when he won the Sri-Cninmoy 6 day Race in New York recently. Eoin is well known for his ultra-running exploits across a range of events but this was his debut at the six day event. Eoin defeated an international field to win comfortably covering a distance of 500 miles.

This is the third best performance globally in 2014 and merits inclusion in the “All Time List” for 6 day events.

This is an Irish best performance for the event and an added bonus for Eoin was a new Irish record of 349.2k for the 48 hour event which he achieved en route.

Eoin will take time out to recover and will drop down in distance for the Irish 24 hour championship which takes place in Belfast on July 18th and 19th.

Connacht Development Squad, Sat May 17th, AIT

9 May, 2014 - 13:23

The next Connacht Development Squad day will take place in Athlone IT on Saturday May 17th 2014 from 12pm – 2.30pm.

Connacht Development Squad
Date: Saturday May 17th
Venue: Athlone IT (meet in the indoor arena)
Time: 12pm to 2.30pm
Who: Top 6 (or equivalent standard) in any Connacht event in 2013/2014, and aged u14 to u19 in 2014
To attend: Confirm name, contact mobile & chosen event to Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie) by 14th May
Cost: €5
Consider bringing a packed lunch.
Be prepared for possible inclement weather.

This is an excellent opportunity for athletes to avail of collective training with peers under the guidance of an experienced coach, to complement the coaching you receive in your club.

All Connacht athletes aged u14 to u19 in 2014 that finished in the top 6 at a Connacht Schools or Connacht Clubs championships in Indoor T&F, Outdoor T&F, Cross-country or combined Events in 2013/2014, or are at an equivalent standard, are invited to attend.

Please note, those planning to attend MUST email AAI RDO Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie ) to confirm their attendance by Wednesday May 14th at the latest. When doing so please provide a parents contact number & email address. Athletes MUST also state their chosen event so we can ensure we have sufficient coaching cover for each event. If insufficient numbers confirm attendance in any given event, then that event will not be catered for, and those who have confirmed attendance will be notified of this.

Athletes are asked to contribute €5 to offset the cost of the event. This will be collected on the day. Meet at 12pm in the indoor arena.

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