This week’s Laois Athletics Digest with a full run down of all the news from clubs across the county. Read it first every Tuesday in the Leinster Express.
Monday Nights - Indoor Training
Indoor Training takes place at the Ballyfin Community Hall every Monday from 6.30 to 7.30. There will be a cool ‘Little Athletics’ training programme for children aged 5-9. This age group has been identified as the FUNdamental stage in the long term physical development of the child, and the development of fundamental skills such as agility, co-ordination and balance will contribute greatly to future sporting achievements. Why not get along and give it a go! Contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421. Children from the age of 5 welcome, €2 per child and max €5 per family.
Friday nights - Indoor/Outdoor Training
Friday night training, for children over eight years of age, takes place at the Treo Nua Community Centre in Portlaoise on Harpurs Lane (across from entrance to the Portlaoise Running Track) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. It consists of a mixture of indoor/outdoor training (weather dependent).
Adult Training for all levels takes place every Sunday in Emo Court at 10.30am with runners meeting up in the car park, and with the days closing in its every Tuesday and Thursday evening in Portlaoise meeting in St Fintan’s car park across from the prison at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome so why not dust off those trainers, come along and
Get fit with the Ballyfin AC girls
Following on from our first womens team taking part in the Laois Cross Country Championship in Emo – we want to keep the momentum going! With the short evenings it can be difficult but why not contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421 and she can give out details on where the girls meet up. So why not get out and get up and running.
For more details and updates check us out on the Ballyfin AC Facebook page. All you gotta do is search for Ballyfin AC on Facebook and that will get us.
Couch to 5k
Week two of the Couch to 5k programme saw very large numbers out again. It is great to see the huge numbers enjoying the graded programme of exercise, with each person working towards individual goals. If you haven’t already joined, now is the time to get fit. Come along at six on Tuesdays. Thank you to all the coaches and helpers who give their time voluntarily.
Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country
Conditions were miserable in O’Dempsey’s football field on Wednesday for Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships. Heavy rain made the going very heavy, but this did not deter our Juvenile athletes who represented their schools with distinction. Amy Walsh was fifth in the minor girl’s race, and she and twin sister Charlie were part of the Scoil Chríost Rí team which took second place. Thomas Martin was tenth, and Ronan Corr 22nd in a field of 39 minor boys. It was Portlaoise AC members 1, 2, 3, in the Intermediate Girls’ race, with Louise Stack (Mountrath CS) followed home by Scoil Chríost Rí’s Niamh Quinn and Anna Healy, with Orla Phelan tenth and Stephanie Bennett 14th (Mountrath CS). Óisín Fitzpatrick took the Intermediate Boys’ title for Portlaoise CBS, while David Mulhare did likewise with Senior Boys. Well done to all our members, and the best of luck to those who are competing in the South Leinsters on Thursday in Clongowes.
Louise Stack made the trip to Antrim on Sunday the 12th, as part of the Leinster U-15 team in the Antrim International. Competing against runners from Ireland and the UK, she had a great run, finishing eleventh in the 3.6k, and her Leinster team finished first in the team scores.
continues at the usual times. Keep up to date on our facebook page. Seniors - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm at track.Saturday in Oakvale, meet at 10.45am, run at 11.00am. Sunday in Emo, meet at 10.15, run at 10.30 sharp. Juveniles - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm at track for sprints, long jump, hurdles, distance. Sunday 10.15am in Emo for 11yrs+. Throws - Sundays at 11 at St Fintan’s field.
If you would like to try shot putt or discus, come along to Joe on Sundays.
Note: Training for 6, 7 and 8 year olds will be on Tuesdays only until the bright evenings return.
2012 a good year
The club reviewed another good year when the club AGM was held in the clubhouse on Monday night last. A decent number of parents came along to thank the officials and coaches for all the work they did in the running of the sport and the enjoyment afforded to so many during the year. The highlights from the club point of view was the fifth placing of the men’s team in the Premier Division of the National League, the ladies winning Division 1 of the National League and promotion to the Premier Division. The men winning the Laois senior along with Leinster novice and intermediate cross country titles. Several outstanding individual performances were highlighted with perhaps the winning of six individual medals in the National senior championships bearing testimony to where the club stands at present.
Club Chairman Eamon Kelly thanked everyone who had helped out in anyway during the past year. He felt something positive was happening for the youth and the senior members of the club and it was important that the club should be portrayed in a positive manner at all times. He thanked the media for coverage afforded and the club personnel for looking after same, along with the local newsletter’s and notes.
Treasurer Breda presented a detailed financial account which showed the club in a healthy position despite the current difficult financial times. She thanked those who had sponsored the club and to all the supporters who had given financial assistance during the year and to those that gave us the use of facilities during the year. She thanked the other organisations who used the club facilities and all those that had supported promotions of the club. Registration showed that the club had close on 300 members registered with the AAI for the past year.
On the development of facilities during the year the erecting of a new throwing circle along with a new cage was the major achievement along with the replacing of the old track lighting system by a new one. Also the provision of the ice baths were a welcome development.
The following were elected to serve the club for 2013. President - Fr Murphy; Vice Do - Fr’s Jimmy Moore, Jimmy O’Reilly, Eamon Purcell, John O’Sullivan, Eddie Baldwin, Mildred Neale, Willie Wallace, George Nolan, John Brophy, Danny Moore, Gillie Walsh-Kemmis, Anthony Pender, Noeleen Condron and John Burke; Chairman - Eamonn Kelly; Vice Do - Bernard Graham; Secretary - Patrick Kelly; Asst - Niamh Millet; Treasurer - Breda Daly; Registrar - Michael Daly; PROs - Mary Whelan and Dick Mullins; Child Officers - Jane Walsh, Margaret Davis and Liam Kelly; Website - Mary Whelan and Sinead O’Gorman; Captains - Ladies road and cross country - Mairead Moore; Men - Colm Burke; Ladies track & field - Ailish Brennan; Men - Brian Kelly; Committee - Liam Delaney, Jimmy Whelan, Kevin Murphy, Joe Brennan, James Kilbride, Pat Whelan, Jane Walsh, Michael Kelly, Liam Kelly, Margaret Davis, Ben Brennan, Gerard Kelly and Patsy Baldwin.
National Award for Nessa
Athletics Ireland recently announced the star award recipients for the past year and the Laois winner is Nessa Millet. Nessa had a great season in 2012 taking the All-Ireland schools 400 hurdles title in a new record of 60.63 seconds, finishing third in the National seniors and winning the National U-19 title. She also achieved the ‘B’ standard for the world junior championships and will be presented with her award at a function in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday 16th February.
You’re all welcome to support our annual table quiz on Thursday next the 24th January in Behan’s, Tolerton. Tables of 4 and spot prizes along with raffle and refreshments will take place.
Schools Cross Country
Several club members represented their school in the Laois cross country and the DCU invitation event both held in cold wet conditions. This was in preparation for the South Leinster’s which takes place next Wednesday in Clongowes. Best wishes to all involved.