MEMBERS of Dromiskin club St Peter's AC expect to be involved in two major competitions next weekend which herald the start of a new era in Irish athletics - the opening of Athlone Institute of Technology's new indoor arena.
This is the first permanent, purpose-built internationalstandard indoor track on the island, and it will host the Irish Combined Events Championships on Saturday, followed by the AAI Indoor Games.
In the first of those Maria Duffy, Chloe Finley and Mark Rogers are due to vie for national championship honours in the Pentathlon in the 35 to 49, Under-16 and Under-18 age groups respectively.
Mark Rogers should be back in Athlone on Sunday for the AAI Indoor Games, which is a Senior competition. He is entered for the 400m and the High Jump. Conor Durnin, who has entered the Long and Triple Jumps, 60m Hurdler Niamh Fussey, and Emily Rogers, who is down to contest the High Jump, are all expected to join Mark there.
More athletes from St Peter's AC will compete in Athlone in the coming weeks.