Irish University Championships
For our coaches and the club in general we have many hopes , aims and aspirations. Sure we want to win titles and gain international success but on Friday in the All Ireland University’s championships in Athlone we were reminded of a simpler aspiration that all our athletes can evolve into happy , independent and self motivated young adults. We hit all those markers and probably a few we weren’t even aiming for on Friday . One could wax lyrical about each and every athletes performance but as a group they were outstanding.
rom UCC’s Aoife Delargy’s superb first national title in the 800m achieved in such a calm , determined and professional manner. UL’s Paul White’s outstanding performance in claiming the silver medal in another PB of 48.07 not to mention the many new scalps to put him closer to the top of Irish senior 400m rankings. Also UL’s Tom Hennessey continues on his road to Damascus journey with a very impressive silver in the 800m .
A new year , new goals and inspiration for Tom sees him back on a journey to who knows where but I for one am enjoying every step with him . Two unsung heroes of Nenagh athletics Dan Finnerty & Oisín Fitzpatrick ran superb legs of the men’s 4x200m relay to help IT Carlow win the title for the first time. Mikey Quilligan also running an inspired leg of the same relay to help DCU to the silver medals. We also had Deirbhle Ryan UL 4th in high jump & 6th in shot. Darren Dunne UL 6th in 3000m & Ciara Cummins DCU 8th in the 1500m and last but not least Margaret Mary Grace IT Waterford with an excellent new PB of 62s in the 400m. Now to the national cross country relays on Sunday in Clarinbridge Galway with our U14 boys team.