FINGALLIANS AC hosted its end of year awards at the Lawless Park last week as club officials paid tribute to the amazing achievements of its athletes on both the local and national stage during 2012.
The multi-talented Anne-Marie Torsney was presented with the Field Trophy following her Discus successes at the National Community Games, while she also won the Shot, Discus and Hammer events in the Dublin Track and Field Championships. The Rivervalley lass also won the National Indoor Shot title and scooped silver at the National Track and Field Shot. Sam Martin collected the Juvenile Athlete of the Year Award for his performances at Cross Country, winning the overall athlete in the Dublin League. Sisters Sarah and Rachel Murray and 4x100m relay teammates Megan and Bronwyn Keogh were also honoured for their performance at the National Junior Championships where they clinched an amazing gold medal in what was the club's first-ever attempt. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Senior Athlete of the Year, and this year's recipient was Fiona Tuite. Fiona won U-17 National Shot Putt and is the national record holder. Fiona also plays centrefield for Dublin U-16 ladies Gaelic football team and is a member of Na Fianna GAA Club. And as if that wasn't enough, Fiona is a member of Fingallians' 4 x 100m team, in which she runs the first leg - a rare ability for a field athlete. Fingallians AC continues to go from strength to strength, with seven coaches recently achieving their first badges. Club secretary Maria Kerr thanked all coaches for their work during the year. Councellor Eugene Coppinger, a member of Clonliffe Harriers and the brainchild behind the Fingal 10K, assisted at the presentation of the awards.