Thursday 3 July 2014

Week-end Two of Munster Championships

The 28th and 29th of June was the date of the second weekend of this years Munster  Athletics Championships held in the CIT Athletics Arena. Seven athletes from Belgooly AC took part with the performance of the week end going to Grace McKenzie in the under 19 age group. This is Grace’s last year in the juvenile ranks and she bowed out in style winning 5 gold medals in the Shot (10.01m), Hurdles (15.37s new pb),  Long Jump (5.15m) Javelin (18.64m) and High Jump (1.70m). The high jump was a new championship best breaking the old record of 1.65m set in 1998. This was a great performance by Irelands most talented up and coming heptathlon athlete.

Grace’s performance was backed up by Tom Deasy in the boys under 17 winning 2 gold  in the triple jump (12.26m new pb) and high jump (1.75m) silver in the long jump (5.92m = pb) and bronze in the hurdles. Padraig Nash in the boys under 15 competition was also in medal form winning a silver in the high jump with a new pb of 1.70m and finishing 4th in the long jump and hurdles (a qualifying position for the all Ireland championships). Leah Deasy won her first Munster out door medal and qualified fro her first all Ireland championships by securing the bronze medal in the girls under 16 javelin. Leah is a great inspiration to those athletes who don’t achieve success at younger ages but still turn up to training each week and enjoy the sport success will come if you keep working at your craft. Erica Deasy in the girls under 14 javelin finished 4th and secured qualification to the all Ireland championships in her first javelin competition. Also taking part were Lorcan McVeigh and Hayley Fitgearld in the boys and girls under 18 competition while not winning medals but competed very well and achieved personal goals and this is as important as the medals.

Tom Deasy

From Left Lorcan, Leah, Erica, Hayley, Grace and Padraig.