A group of our most talented juvenile athletes travelled to Tullamore on the 23rd and 24th of July to take part in the All Ireland Outdoor Track and Field championships. First up was Shannon O’Malley in the girls U15 Walk event. Shannon finished 4th, just one place off a National podium finish. Shannon, coached by Deirdre Gallagher Clarke, is a very talented walker and a joy to watch in full flow. She has set a great example to the younger athletes who have taken up training in this event with her dedication and attention to detail.
Karl Holmes has found his niche in athletics in the throws events and is building his reputation steadily. He was taking part in the All-Ireland U16 hammer and just keeps on improving – finishing 5th and throwing a PB in the process.
In the boys 3000M club mates Keelan Kilrehill and Conor McLoughlin both took to the start line in a high quality field. Keelan who only recently returned to competitive training after a long injury lay off put in a great performance to take fourth in a new PB over the distance and certainly has a bright future in the sport. Conor McLoughlin making his first All Ireland track appearance gave everything he had and will continue to improve.
Finally Catherine O’Reilly put in a fine performance in the girls U15 1500M in what was her first appearance at All Ireland level. Well done to all who took part and keep up the good work. Thanks also to all their coaches and anyone who helps out in any small way, it takes a team.