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O’Donnell, McGowan among athletes lauded at North Sligo’s AGM

Club’s great work at underage and senior hailed 

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Team Ireland's 4x400m relay runner Chris O'Donnell from North Sligo AC at Dublin Airport ahead of the team's departure for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Pic: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile.

Team Ireland's 4x400m relay runner Chris O'Donnell from North Sligo AC at Dublin Airport ahead of the team's departure for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Pic: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile.

Team Ireland's 4x400m relay runner Chris O'Donnell from North Sligo AC at Dublin Airport ahead of the team's departure for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Pic: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile.

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The AGM of the North Sligo athletic club took place in the sports hall of the North Sligo Sports Complex in Grange recently.

The meeting was a hybrid model with 4 or five people having to zoom into the meeting because they were close contacts.

There were many changes of personnel because of a rule that was brought in a few years ago that no officer on the committee could hold a position for more than three years and many at the top table had served for three years.

The outgoing Chairperson Mary Gilmartin thanked all the committee for their great work for the club and highlighted the many challenges with covid and the many achievements of the athletes during the past year.

The outgoing secretary Viera Stupakova came in for great praise for modernising the structures of the club and putting new policies in place which has transformed and enhanced the running of the club.

The secretary in her report said she was delighted to see so many new people getting on the coaching ladder and encouraged them to continue the coach education pathway.

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The new club online membership payment system is working well and has been embraced by members.

The juvenile head coach and registrar Connor McCann said numbers registered this year to date were 320 members and this compared favourably with numbers for 2021.

He said he was very anxious to get more juveniles to compete in competitions and represent the club as so many wanted to train but not compete.

The treasurer said the club suffered a substantial loss of revenue due to no fundraising events being held.

She said she was hopeful that many of these revenue raising events could recommence this coming year.

The various coaches of the different age groups highlighted the achievements of the athletes in their groups and the hope that normal competitions could resume this year.

Michael Carney, the seniors PRO said the highlight of the year had to be having one of our athletes compete in the Olympics.

Chris O’Donnell played a big part in getting the 4 x 400m mixed relay team to qualify for the Olympics, he then put in two massive performances to help the team get to the Olympic final.

Feidhlim McGowan brought Sligo marathon running to a new level when he demolished the old record in the Valentia marathon in Spain and set a new figure of 2 hrs 22 minutes 35 seconds.

This is a new club and county record.

Eamon Murphy had a super run in the master crosscountry trials in Abbotstown where he won the over 55 catergory and backed this up with another fine performance in the international in Belfast where he finished 2nd.

He said many of the planned national competitions that the seniors had hoped to compete in were cancelled in 2021

The following committee were elected for 2022;

Chairperson Eamon McAndrew, Vice Chairperson Mary Gilmartin Secretary Fiona Hennigan,Treasurer Karen Neary, Assistant Treasurer Marita McMorrow, Competition Secretary Viera Stupakova, Registar Micele McCormac, Child Protection Officers Catherine Keogh and Paul Cleary.

Lead Juvenile Coach Connor McCann, Seniors Coach Michael Carney, Juvenile PRO Marie McDonald, Seniors PRO Michael Carney.


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