Budding young athletes put through their paces

Published 30/07/2013 | 05:38

ATHLETICS WEXFORD hosted its second annual summer development camp for Juveniles in Taghmon last week Organised in conjunction with the Athletics Association of Ireland Regional Development Officer, Colin Byrne, the camp saw 55 Juveniles from Taghmon, Kilmore, Adamstown, Enniscorthy, St. Killian's, S.B.R., Craanford Harriers, St. Anne's and United Striders take part in graded development coaching and multi-events.

The camp focused on disciplines such as shot putt, turbo javelin, high jump, sprints, hurdles, long jump and endurance, with specific sessions on nutrition, hydration, circuit training, preparation for competition and conditioning for the older athletes. The younger participants also enjoyed a number of team challenges and relays throughout the three days.

Coaches came from Taghmon, Kilmore, Macamores, Bree, St. Paul's, Enniscorthy, St. Joseph's and Portlaoise and spent time with each age group developing their skills and athletic ability in specific disciplines.

A.A.I's Colin Byrne also spent considerable time with the older athletes working on warm-up techniques, starting blocks and theory sessions, as there was specific demand from local clubs for specialised training in these areas. Equipment presented to Athletics Wexford by A.A.I. earlier this year as part of the Sports Hall Athletics Programme was utilised during the camp.

The attendance over the three days indicated that all participants enjoyed and benefited from the experience and the coaching, and everyone was presented with an Athletics Wexford training top as part of the camp. The Chairman of Athletics Wexford, Paddy Morgan, was in attendance on all three days and was impressed with the standard of performance and coaching across the disciplines. The camp is certain to become a breeding ground for future high performance athletes in Wexford, but had to be enjoyable at the same time.

'I am happy that we struck a balance between high-quality coaching and enjoyment for these juvenile athletes. They are the Wexford talent of the future,' he said as the camp concluded. He also praised the commitment of Taghmon A.C. for its organisational ability and thanked Taghmon G.A.A. for the use of their facilities in such a central county location. The development camp is now firmly established as an annual event in the county athletics calendar.

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