Young guns on learning curve

Volunteer coaches put athletes through their paces

Published 14/07/2015 | 00:00

Athletics Wexford Chairman, Paddy Morgan, with coach Annie Stafford from Menapians.
Athletics Wexford Chairman, Paddy Morgan, with coach Annie Stafford from Menapians.
Kate Whelan of Adamstown AC going through the hurdles drills
Muireann Hayes of St. Anne’s taking part in the long jump
National 80m champion, Sabia Doyle of Menapians, enjoying the Athletics Wexford summer camp

Almost hundred children from clubs around Co. Wexford took part in the Athletics Wexford summer camp in Taghmon last week.

Volunteer coaches from across the clubs took the young athletes through their paces in a variety of disciplines.

Over the three days there was plenty of fun to be had, new friends made and new skills and techniques taught to all from Under-9 level to Under-16. Some of Wexford's best active athletes also attended the camp to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of competitors.

Current athletes such as Tony and Annie Stafford, Emma Owens, Catherina Corcoran, Elizabeth Egan and Fiona Kehoe joined established coaches such as Nicky Cowman, Des McCarthy, Senan O'Reilly, Brian Scanlon, Jennifer Dempsey, Pat Carty and Oliver Kelly to put the participants through drills in high jump, long jump, hurdles, sprints and throws.

With everyone resplendent in Athletics Wexford t-shirts, the children thoroughly enjoyed the full range of activities, including a finale of Sportshall Athletics events each day.

Most of the Juvenile clubs in the county had athletes attending , many sampling new events in a fun and participative environment.

County Chairman, Paddy Morgan, was delighted with the success of the camp, now in its fifth year, commenting on the willingness of the young athletes to learn new skills and the thirst of older athletes to develop their techniques and fitness.

The camp brings to an end the track and field season in Co. Wexford and from now on the County Board will look towards the autumn cross-country season, hoping for the success of 2014 to be built on significantly in the coming season.

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