kUNG FU, KICKBOXING
The Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre hosted a weekend kung fu seminar in Image Health Studios, WestPoint by one of the world's most respected kung fu masters. Students of the lau gar kung fu style from around Ireland as well as some from England attended a two-day seminar under Master Jeremy Yau who is recognised as one of the most knowledgeable Masters of kung fu.
Master Yau, who learned the art from his grandfather in Hong Kong, has a full-time kung fu gym in mainland China as well as thousands of students in Europe. He is a regular visitor to Ireland and is always appreciative of the warm welcome he receives.
The training included internal and external aspects of the art and practical application of technique for street combat. As well as training the adults, he also took a special class with the younger children of the club who loved the opportunity to train with a genuine kung fu Master.
'I have been travelling to Ireland for almost 40 years now,' he master said at the end of the seminar, 'and I am delighted to say that this year's course was one of the best I have ever taught'.
Chief instructor in Ireland Bobby O'Neill, who is a personal student of Master Yau, was delighted with the turn-out, enthusiasm and high standard achieved by the members over the two days. 'If anyone wants a reason to train in kung fu, just come along and watch Master Yau in action and see that even into his 70s he is still unbelievably fit and agile,' he said.
The club teaches classes in Image Studios, WestPoint Business Park in traditional kung fu, tai chi as well as kickboxing for all ages and abilities. Beginners are always welcome.
Eighteen Slaney Sharks swimmers recently competed in the Kilkenny spring gala. It was an outstanding evening for the Sharks, culminating in 28 podium finishes.
Abi Cullen, aged nine, swept the boards, winning four gold medals and one silver. She began with a first place finish in the girls nine and under 100m breaststroke in a time of 2.00.38 (-6.84).
She then swam a time of 3.23.44 to win the 200m freestyle. Continuing her winning streak, Abi won the 100m backstroke in 1.52.38, and it was gold again in the 100m butterfly in 2.03.18. Abi won the silver medal in the freestyle in 1.34.36.
Jack Nolan-Whitney, aged 13, was in top form, winning three gold medals and one silver. Jack started his hat-trick of first-place finishes in the boys 12-13 100m freestyle in a time of 1.01.78. It was gold again in the 200m freestyle in 2.16.28, and gold in the 100m butterfly in 1.08.03. Jack then took the silver medal in the 100m backstroke in 1.16.75.
Emma Murphy, aged nine, won one gold medal and two silvers and swam an incredible personal best time in each of her swims. Emma won gold in the girls nine and under 100m freestyle in a time of 1.28.69, an improvement of 5.19 seconds.
Emma's silver medals came in the 50m backstroke in 49.73 (-0.34), and the 50m butterfly in 52.84 (-1.78). Finishing a great night's swimming, Emma achieved a personal best in the 50m breaststroke in 1.04.94 (-2.24).
Fionn Murphy, aged 12, joined his team-mates on the podium, taking a well-deserved gold and silver. Fionn won gold in the boys 12-13 50m butterfly in a personal best time of 46.75 (-2.94). He won silver in the 50m backstroke in 48.37 (-2.41), again a personal best time.
Fionn also swam personal best times in the 50m freestyle in 41.47 (-2.42) and the 50m breaststroke in 56.49 (-4.95). He also put in a strong performance competiting in the 100m breaststroke for the first time (2.08.65).
Cliona Byrne, aged nine, won one gold and two bronze medals. She was unbeatable in the girls nine and under 50m butterfly in 52.19 (-4.88), a new personal best record. Cliona's bronze medals came in the freestyle in 43.91 (-3.28), and the 50m breaststroke in 56.03 (-1.56). In the 50m backstroke, she swam a personal best time of 54.97 (-1.56), ensuring a new personal best in every swim.
Jack Roban, aged 16, was unstoppable in the boys 16 and over 100m breaststroke, and won gold in a time of 1.32.53. Jack also swam personal best times in the 100m freestyle, 1.08.30 (-0.87), and the 100m backstroke, 1.32.84 (-11.97).
Harry S. Nolan, aged eleven, took the gold medal in the boys 10-11 200m freestyle. Showing his determination, he took an incredible 33.39 seconds off his previous record to win in a time of 3.31.85.
Claire Whelan, aged nine, won two silver medals and one bronze in a trio of personal best times. Claire's success started in the girls nine and under 100m backstroke when she took silver in a time of 2.00.44, an outstanding improvement of -13.54 seconds.
Claire took silver again in the 100m butterfly in 2.17.23. It was bronze for Claire in the 100m breaststroke in 2.24.24, again a strong improvement of 14.63 seconds. She swam a personal best time again in the 100m individual medley of 2.00.22 (-4.73).
Holly Furlong, aged ten, shone at the gala, winning two silver medals. Holly took silver in the girls 10-11 100m butterfly in a new personal best time of 1.46.65 (-0.29), and silver in the 50m Backstroke in 43.24. Holly also swam a new personal best time in the 100m freestyle of 1.20.01 (-2.74).
Rioghna Hourihane, aged eleven, won two bronze medals and showed her strength, swimming personal best times in all five of her swims. Rioghna took bronze in the girls 10-11 100m backstroke in 1.29.75 (-4.09), and bronze in the 50m backstroke in 43.25 (-2.13).
Rioghna swam the 50m freestyle in 37.25 seconds (-1.27), the 100m freestyle in 1.21.8 (-6.10), and the 100m individual medley in 1.35.50, an incredible improvement of 11.28 seconds.
Ava Byrne, aged eight, took a well-deserved bronze medal in the girls nine and under 50m freestyle in a new personal best time of 47.18 (-2.21). Ava also swam personal best times in the 50m backstroke in 56.81 (-0.97) and the 50m butterfly in 1.02.32 (-2.17).
Conor Dempsey, aged 13, again joined his team-mates on the podium and took bronze in the boys 12-13 50m breaststroke in 54.41. Conor also swam a new personal best time in the 50m freestyle of 42.34 (-0.26).
The following swimmers also broke their personal records when they swam best times -
Leah Morris, aged ten: the girls 10-11 100m freestyle, 1.33.12 (-6.44); the 100m individual medley, 1.43.31 (-4.16); the 100m breaststroke, 2.02.10 (-3.06); the 100m breaststroke, 2.02.10 (-3.06); the 10-11 50m backstroke, 50.62 (-0.89), and the 50m butterfly, 51.48 (-0.86).
Sarah Byrne, aged 13: the girls 12-13 50m freestyle, 39.16 (-1.94); the 100m individual medley, 1.40.43 (-0.53); the 50m backstroke, 44.94 (-2.38), and the 100m butterfly, 1.50.05 (-1.17).
Jenna Kirwan, aged nine: the girls nine and under 50m freestyle, 49.93 (-0.53); the 50m breaststroke, 1.17.37 (-0.70); the backstroke, 1.00.12, (-2.35); and the 50m butterfly, 1.12.35 (-3.06).
Eimear Doyle, aged 12: the girls 12-13 100m freestyle, 1.15.30 (-2.24), and the 200m freestyle, 2.50.44 (-2.56).
Lauren Jordan, aged eight: the girls nine and under 50m freestyle, 56.31 (-5.53), and the 50m breaststroke, 1.08.06 (-7.63).
Danny Kehoe, aged 14: the boys 14-15 100m breaststroke, 1.42.14 (-1.06), and 100m backstroke, 1.43.00 (-1.41).
The Sharks would like to thank coach Liam Murphy for his dedication.
All roads led to Enniscorthy last Friday to compete in the Mr Oil Senior road race championships, and what an evening it was for the club.
First up were the ladies to run the 5k route which started on the Old Dublin Road and ran down towards Scarawalsh and back in the main Enniscorthy road, finishing on the slip road outside Bolger's Hardware.
First home for the club was Mary Doyle in a time of 20.43. Next home was Lillian Lawless in 21.17, and Ciara Bowe followed in 21.50 with Eilish Kehoe in 23.29. With the fantastic running of these four ladies, they claimed team gold. Well done ladies.
The men followed to run the 10k route which saw them taking in two laps of the course. As they ran out on their second lap, it was all to play for with the leading bunch neck and neck.
As they approached the finish line, Myles Gibbons was leading the club home and in second place overall in a time of 32.38. Tom Hogan followed for fourth place overall in 33.15 even after completing a marathon only two weeks previous.
Paul Lynch was next in with a time of 33.23, followed by Tommy McElwaine in 33.54. Others competing for the club and running very well were Paul Gibbons 34.15, Noel Kennedy 34.23, Ger Doyle 36.33, Denis Moynihan 37.29, John Murphy 38.42, Brendan Kehoe 39.02, Brian Kearney 39.28, Eugene Doherty 39.38, Adrian Doyle 39.41, Shane Gregan 40.41, Stephen Whelan 43.43 and Billy Harpur 56.30.
Gold it was for the men's team of Myles Gibbons, Tom Hogan, Paul Lynch and Tommy McElwaine. Congrats guys.
Well done to everyone who competed for the club and congrats to Jackie Carthy of Kilmore and Ger Forde of Slaney Olympic who are the Senior road race winners.
S.B.R. were represented at the Craanford Harriers five-mile road race on Sunday, with Bernard Fortune coming home to claim second place in a time of 30.28. Ian McQuillan crossed the line in a time of 36.34 with Orla McFadden coming home in 42.47. Well done all.
Myles Gibbons was fresh from winning his county medal last Friday to come first in the 8k road race in Rathcoyle, Co. Wicklow last Sunday. Noel Kennedy crossed the line in fourth place. Claire Gibbons was second lady home, being only pipped to the post by three seconds. Well done all.
Chris Proby was in action last Sunday in the Terenure five-mile road race in Dublin and clocked 31.05. Well done Chris.
Yvette Deacon competed in the Racing 795 triathlon in Carlow last Sunday which consisted of a 750m swim, 20k cycle and finished off with a 5k run, completing the course in 1.26. Great going Yvette, well done.
Training continues on Monday at the track in Enniscorthy between 6-7 p.m. for Juveniles and 7-8 p.m. for adults. You can run laps of the track at your own pace or join in some group speed work. It's suitable for all abilities, and all members are welcome.
Ladies' training also continues on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Ferns G.A.A. grounds with Paul Gibbons. Again it's suitable for all abilities and all are welcome so please come along and try it out.
A group also meet on the square in Ferns to run five to six miles every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come along.
If anybody is interested in joining S.B.R. and would like more information, please contact our Secretary, Louise Kehoe, on 086-8276661or P.R.O. Marie Cullen on 087-2776785.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
On Friday Slaney Olympic hosted the 2015 Mr Oil Senior road race which was held out the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy. The race consisted of one lap of the Old Dublin Road loop for the ladies' 5k race and two laps for the men's 10k race.
The weather was kind to the runners except for the slight headwind which faced them as they made their way up the Dublin Road towards Enniscorthy. The ladies' race was first off at 7 p.m. with the winner, Jackie Carthy, coming home some 18.06 minutes later.
Emily O'Connor was the first Lady home for the club and continued her great running by finishing fourth overall in a time of 20.20.
The ladies had a total of eight runners and finished with team silver and team bronze.
The men's 10k race was held directly after the ladies' race with Ger Forde putting up a great run to clinch his first Senior road race title in a great time of 32.22. The men, not to be outdone by the ladies, also went on to win team silver for the club.
A special word of thanks to Kevin Murphy for all his time and patience with us over the last couple of months. All the hard training is paying off in lots of medals and personal bests being earned by everyone.
The night was finished off with a great feast being laid on by the club, and many thanks to those who baked and who stood out on the road to help marshal.
These events don't happen without your help. Also thanks to Mary Carton for her help in arranging the use of the excellent canteen facilities in Wexford County Council.
Full results are available on www.wexfordathletics.com
Team silver, Slaney Olympic 'A', 41 points (Emily O'Connor, Kelly Long, Aoife Kavanagh, Sabina Sweeney); team bronze, Slaney Olympic 'B', 71 points (Ciara Kearney, Clodagh Connolly, Susan Dempsey, Gretta Roberts-Tyrrell).
Ladies' results: Emily O'Connor 20.20, Kelly Long 21.59, Aoife Kavanagh 22.54, Sabina Sweeney 23.00, Ciara Kearney 23.22, Clodagh Connolly 24.03, Susan Dempsey 24.47, Gretta Roberts-Tyrrell 25.58.
Team silver, Slaney Olympic, 39 points (Ger Forde, Martin Monaghan, Dave Barron, David Kehoe).
Men's 10k results: Ger Forde 32.22, Martin Monaghan 34.38, Dave Barron 35.24, David Kehoe 36.41, John Foley 37.10, Billy Reck 37.37, Bobby Redmond 37.42, Conor Hyland 38.10, Jessie O'Connor 38.36, Paul Browne 38.51, Mick Nolan 40.03, Peter Ryan 40.18, Fergal Murphy 41.07, Pat Codd 42.04, Chris Squance 43.09, Paul Murphy 45.00, Declan French 45.39, Thomas Croft 48.57.
Club members Vanessa McShane and Catherine Walsh were the organisers of the event in aid of the Juvenile athlete club Craanford Harriers on Sunday in Craanford.
First across the line in the 5k event was Catherine Walsh in 21.17 and in the five-mile race Vanessa McShane was the first Slaney lady home and second lady overall in 37.31.
Mag Dunphy was third lady home in 39.39. First man home for the club and third overall was Niall O'Connor in 32.29, while Brendan Dillon was fourth in 33.41 and won Over-40.
Glen Nolan also took part from the club in 39.57 and he won a spot prize!
Shane Murphy took part in the 10k race in aid of the Killurin Rowing club and completed it in 46.06.
Club member Dee Boland was the organiser of the Raven 10k event which consisted of a race over both road and trail.
Taking part from the club were Dooley French, Mag Balfe, Regina Angulin and Paula Gilbert-Toland.
Bernie Millar took part in the triathlon on Sunday in Carlow, finishing in a great time of 1.41.36.
The official opening of the Enniscorthy Sports Hub took place on Saturday and it was great to see the purple and gold out in force. It was a great day for athletics in Wexford and for Enniscorthy.
The Masters road race is on Friday at 7 p.m. in Our Lady's Island, and anyone over 35 years can run.
Dates for the diary: Mr Oil Masters road race, May 22; Vinegar Hill five-mile road race, May 24; Strawberry half-marathon and five-mile race, June 7.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Enniscorthy Sports Hub for club members only, but we are inviting runners who intend joining Slaney Olympic to come along and run on the track and enjoy the experience before joining up. Anyone interested in joining the club, please contact Mag Dunphy on 087-6366905.