Sunday 18 February 2018

Vickie Cusack shines as she wins All-ireland gold

History was made Saturday by Vickie Cusack at Athlone IT's new indoor track when she became the first athlete to win the first All Ireland juvenile multi events championships.

She won the first race, the U14 60m hurdles in a personal best time of 9.79 seconds, the only athlete in the race out of 14 to beat 10 seconds.

The occasion was also special in that it was her first time competing in this competition at national level and the first race was started by the President of the Athletic Association of Ireland, Ciaran O'Cathain.

Vickie has been waiting for the past year to compete in this event because it was not in her age group last year.

The events consist of five disciplines in which points are accumulated based on time and distance.

She was in the right mood from the beginning as she set out by winning the hurdles. She followed up by winning the shot putt throwing 11.22 metres, a new personal best, the long jump in which she finished second and the high jump clearing 1.5 metres.

Going into the 800m race she was so far ahead of the field that all she had to do was finish.

As the race took off she stayed with those who were closest to her on the scoresheet.

As these fell back, she put on a 200m spurt which brought her into 3rd position, more than enough to win the title by 531 points ahead of Zoe Mohan, Cushinstown AC and Emma Cheshire, Dunleer.

As a club we are proud of this achievement by Vickie so early in the year and hope that this will be an inspiration to others.

Thanks to her father Joseph and mother Annette for taking her to Athlone and helping her along the way.

Munster Juvenile U9 to U13 championships: These take place at Nenagh Saturday next Feb 9 for boys U9, 10, 11 and 12 in all events and girls and boys U13 for some events.

Sunday 10th, it will be the girls U9, 10, 11 and 12 in all events with U13 girls and boys doing remainder of their events. Only athletes who have been pre-entered may compete.

Anyone who has not confirmed with Esther should do so immediately

Weather: With extreme variations in weather it is very difficult to organize other athletic events besides sprints and middle distance running, events like shot putt, javelin, hammer, hurdles, etc.

We continue every week to have training sessions in the community centre Tuesdays from 6.30 to 8 p.m. because the GAA grounds is not available.

Athletes go through a tough workout over the hour and hopefully they will add to this by turning up at Charleville on Fridays.

It is also hoped that everyone will put time into improving stamina and strength at home by repeating what is done at training. People will only get results that they aim and prepare for.

Registrations: The final night for registrations is tonight Friday 1st Feb. New members and those not decided can register anytime.

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