Tipperary County Athletics News

Congratulations to our President, Breeda Christie who received a National Volunteer in Sport Award for Athletics & Community Games in the AVIVA Stadium on Tuesday 31st May. The ‘National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sports’, celebrate the contributions of volunteers to Irish sport. These awards are an initiative of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport in conjunction with the Federation of Irish Sports & are also supported by the Community Foundation of Ireland and the Irish Sports Council. Breeda was nominated by the Tipperary Sports Partnership for her dedication to sport. Breeda plays a huge role in County Tipperary Athletics where at 80 years young, she is the Assembler/Assistant Starter & P.A. Operator at all County Track & Field Championships. This is Breeda’s 3rd prestigious award recently as she was the 2010 overall winner of the Canon Hayes Volunteer in Sport Award in December & she received the Munster Athletics Hall of Fame Award to a standing ovation in January.  Well done Breeda, we are inherently proud of you & appreciate all your hard work & dedication over the years.
Another of the County’s hardworking volunteers, Seamus Hartigan, Templemore A.C. received a “People of the Year Award” last weekend from Templemore Town Council for his dedication to sport. Seamus is well known around Templemore for the enormous amount of voluntary work he does for young people, particularly in the area of athletics & is always a smiling face around the track with plenty of helpful advice & thoughts. He has also been instrumental in reviving Community Games in the town. Well done Seamus on a well deserved award, keep up the good work.

The AVIVA All-Ireland Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships took place on Saturday last, 4th June in Tullamore. All our athletes put in great performances winning 5 Gold medals & National Titles, 2 Silver & 3 Bronze. Results of medal winners are below:-

Junior Boys

80mH – 3rd Michael Quilligan, Nenagh C.B.S., 11.99

1200m Walk – 3rd Aaron Egan, High School Clonmel, 5.25.77

TJ – 1st Darren Prout, Presentation Ballingarry, 11.33m

Junior Girls

800m – 3rd Eileen Rafter, Ursuline Thurles, 2.16.73

Hammer – 2nd Aoife Vaughan Witts, Borrisokane C.C., 40.63m

Inter Boys

3000m – 1st Sean Tobin, High School Clonmel, 8.40.86

1500mSt/Ch – 1st Michael Carey, High School Clonmel, 4.31.48

2000m Walk – 1st Evan Lynch, Gael Colaiste Cheitinn, Clonmel, 8.46.05

Senior Boys

Javelin – 1st Jaco Oosthuysen, High School Clonmel, 51.63m

Senior Girls

3000m Walk – 2nd Maeve Curley, Presentation Thurles, 14.04.34

This year Tipperary are entering a Ladies & a Men’s team for the Woodies DIY National Track & Field League. Details of both teams are now posted on our website at www.tipperaryathletics.com. The National League will be held over the summer months on 12th June in Castleisland & Sligo IT, 17th July in Morton Stadium & Athlone I.T. with the Final taking place on 20th August in Tullamore.

Upcoming fixtures are below:-

Sat 11th June – Munster U/9 to U/11 Team Games & U/12 & U/13 Track & Field Championships in Ennis Track.

Sun 12th June – Munster U/9 to U/11 Team Games & U/12 & U/13 Track & Field Championships in Ennis Track. Timetables are now up on the Munster & Tipperary Athletic websites. Good luck & a safe journey to all our athletes who will be taking part over the weekend.

Sat 18th June – Munster U/14 to U/19 Track & Field Championships in Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

Sun 19th June – Munster U/14 to U/19 Track & Field Championships in Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

Sat 25th June – AAI Juvenile Team Games for U/9 to U/11 in Templemore.

Sun 26th June – County Tipperary Community Games Athletic Finals in Templemore at 12 noon.

Sat 9th July & Sun 10th July – AAI Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore.

Sat 16th July – Schools International Track & Field Championships in Wales.

Sun 17th July – Munster Juvenile “B” Track & Field Championships in Templemore.

Sat 30th & Sun 31st July – AAI Combined Events in Tullamore.

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