Fintan Walsh reports

European Youths Standard for Orla O’Connor

In Prodebrady in the Czech Republic last Saturday morning Órla O’Connor (Waterford AC) achieved a qualifying time for the 5000 metres race walk at the European Youth Championships in Tbilisi in Georgia in mid July.
The qualifying standard was 25 minutes 30 seconds but Órla was well inside it with a time of 24 minutes 46 seconds. Another Irish athlete Niamh O’Connor (Celbridge) in the same race also secured a qualifying time with 24.34.
As always getting the qualifying standard is not always a certainty of making the team as the selectors have the final say. As the Youths Championships are in Georgia financial constraints may have a bearing on the size of team that travels.

Ferrybank AC Sports
Despite the very bad weather on Sunday last the Mc Donalds Ferrybank AC Open Sports which went ahead at the RSC attracted a big entry from clubs all over Munster and Leinster. Athletes from Waterford clubs figured prominently in many of the events while the winners of the overall trophy for best club at the fixture were St Laurence O’Toole’s Carlow. Templemore, Co Tipperary were second and Bree, County Wexford third.
A number of athletes from Waterford AC competed at an open sports in Crookstown Co Cork on Sunday last and were among the prizewinners.
Emily Myers won the junior discus. Niamh Denn was second and Kathleen Heery third. In the shot putt Rachel Stephens was second and Niamh Denn third.

Spring Throws
A small number of athletes from Waterford competed at the Spring Throws meeting in Dunboyne Co Meath last Saturday and did very well.
Cara Kennedy (Ferrybank AC) had a personal best throw in winning the senior hammer competition with 59.86 metres. Luke O’Brien (Waterford AC) was second in the 700 g javelin competition with 46.67 metres and Eoghan Flynn, unattached at the moment but transferring to Waterford AC, was third in the 800 g javelin with 46 metres.

Ballinroad 5K
340 runners and 120 walkers competed in the third annual Ballinroad 5K road race on Friday last, race 1 of the 22nd annual Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series.
First home was Barry Keane (Waterford AC) in 15 minutes 49 seconds. Damien Murphy (West Waterford) was second in 16.19 and Brian Swaby (Waterford) was third in 16.42.
First lady home was Sally Forristal (St Joseph’s) in 19.04. Áine Rioche (Clonmel) was second in 19.22 and Suzanne Dullaghan (Waterford) was third in 19.35.
The Splashworld 10K fixed for Tramore last Sunday was postponed due to the weather.

Butlerstown 4 miles on Friday
Race 2 of the Ger Wyley Sports Skins Series is the SE2 sponsored Butlerstown 4 miles on Friday next April 17th starting at 7 pm sharp near The Holy Cross Lounge, a few miles outside Waterford on the Waterford to Kilmeaden road.
Again this year the proceeds go to the Waterford Alzheimer Society. Entries will be taken from 5.45pm at Butlerstown GAA Centre near The Holy Cross Lounge.

April Road Races
Sunday April 17th; National Road Relays Raheny.
Friday April 22nd Race 1 Outfield Sports 3 County Challenge Faugheen 5 Km 7.30 pm. The Ferrybank GAA Angela Burns Memorial10k Fun Run/Walk will take place on Sunday April 24th at 11 am in Ferrybank GAA Grounds.
There will be a 2k race for the U12’s, starting before the main 10k

Track and Field Fixtures

Friday next April 15th and Saturday 16th; Irish University Championships Santry, a number of Waterford athletes compete.
Sunday next April 17th: Leevale Open Juvenile Sports Cork IT 11am and many Waterford athletes compete. Tuesday April 26th: Waterford Primary Schools Sports at RSC 11am. Contact 087 6889330. Thursday April 28th: Waterford Secondary Schools Championships at the RSC

County Championship dates
The two dates are Sunday, May 8th and May 15th at 11 am. The programme is with all clubs now and should be made available to all athletes at training sessions. Help will be required for both days.
The Munster Schools Track and Field Championships will be at the RSC for the first time on Saturday May 21st. Once again help will be required for this day. Athletics Ireland Congress will go ahead in Tullamore on April 23rd. Waterford are allowed send eight delegates.

Congratulations Hayley
Heartiest congratulations to Hayley Fitzsimmons (Ferrybank AC), a native of the Portlaw area who was awarded the February Park Hotel Sport Star of the month award. She had terrific results during the month at the Paralympic Games in the F40 shot putt beating her own Irish record and achieving the A standard for the Paralympic games in Rio.

Coaching courses
A reminder to clubs that may want to avail of local coaching courses coming up in Waterford. It is great to have them available in the county so clubs should try take advantage of that when we have them so close April 28th: Assistant Coaching Course at the RSC, Waterford May 12th: Athletics Leader Course at the RSC, Waterford
Contact Colin Byrne (Regional Development Officer) on or 0870632326 for more details.

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