Tuesday 18 June 2013

Weekend 2 of Munster Championships in Templemore

All smiles from Padraig (left) Grace and Tom (right) in Templemore after a very successful Munster Championships

In contrast to the glorious weather in Ennis on the first weekend of this year’s Munster Athletic Championships the second weekend in Templemore took place in wet and very windy conditions but once again Belgooly AC athletes rose to the challenge. With this years championships clashing with the state exams and a couple of our top athletes unable to compete because of illness it was left to Tom Deasy and Padraig  Nash to keep the flag flying and very well the did too. Tom has been training and competing with the club for the last 6 years making steady progress in many of the technical events and this year it all paid off. Tom had his best championships ever winning silver in the 100m hurdles and bronze in the long and high jumps. This was Padraig’ third outdoor Munster championships and following on from his great indoor season was hoping to improve on his pb’s  unfortunately Padraig’s training has been curtailed over the last 2 months with injury but he still pulled of a magnificent bronze in the 75m hurdles. Tom, Padraig and Eirca now go on to Tullamore to represent the club in the All Ireland individual championships while Danny and Ross travel to Letterkenny for the All Ireland team championships.

The athletes and coaches who travelled to Ennis and Templemore would like to extend a big thank you to Grace McKenzie for all the help and advice she provided over the two weekends. Grace is our most experienced athlete who has been unable to train or compete since an illness last February but being a true club person Grace has attended training ever Tuesday and Thursday to mentor the younger athletes in the club and travelled on both weekends to help and support the younger athletes. Grace is a great inspiration to the younger athletes and the club wishes her well in her recovery and coaches and athletes alike can wait for her to be back training and competing again.