Well done to all the gymnasts from New Ross Gymnastic Club who took part in the South East Divisions competition which was held in the Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy.
This was a team competition with the top four scores from each team going towards the final score. New Ross won a whopping 24 team medals.
There was also the top prize of individual trophies for the best in each category, and two gymnasts from New Ross won the coveted third place trophies.
In the Under-7 section, the New Ross team of Amy Neville, Aoife Purcell, Leah O'Lone, Caoimhe Cassin and Holly Bolger all did great routines and can be very pleased with their performance.
In the Under-8 section, the Division 6 gymnasts pulled off great routines and not only won the gold team medals but they also won an individual trophy. The team featured Chloe Walsh, Aoife O'Connor, Caoimhe Bolger, Katie Lawlor, Aoife Dooley and Kyra Molloy. Katie Lawlor was fantastic and came in with the third highest score in this division and won the third place individual trophy.
In the Under-9 section, New Ross Gymnastic Club were also big winners. The team members were brilliant and also won the first place team medals. The team featured Amelia Furlong, Lucy Gosling, Ellie Finn-Hoffman, Amy O'Lone, Róisín Lynch and Mairéad Mullally. Mairéad performed a great routine and won the third place individual trophy.
In the Under-11 section, New Ross won team medals in the Division 5 section. The team of Eve Prendergast, Aine Purcell, Ava Gahan, Laura Bolger, Eve Furmann and Olivia Picknik won the third place team medals.
The Division 4 team also won the third place team medals featuring Freya Murphy, Niamh Dunphy, Lara McGovern, Grace Galavan, Ellie Byrne and Ruth Kelly.
Well done to all who took part, you did your club proud.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
Aidan Shannon was the star performer for the Striders, taking Leinster indoor gold at Athlone. The 600m heats was the first event of the day, and both Aidan and Darragh Flannelly came through and were unlucky not to be joined by Owen Lennon, who just missed out on qualifying for the final.
The boys had to wait until late in the afternoon for the final, which was always going to be competitive, with a field of ten on the tight indoor bends. Aidan went out strong at the start from his inside lane draw and took an early lead. Meanwhile, Darragh did fantastically well to get himself out of trouble, as things got tight on the second bend.
As the race progressed, Aidan maintained the scorching pace and led all the way to the line to add Leinster indoor gold to his collection.
Darragh can be very proud of his fifth place finish and surely would have made the podium with a trouble-free journey.
The Striders had 16 competitors in action, with many fine performances and lots of personal bests. In addition to being part of a memorable 600m event, Owen Lennon was also solid in the long jump. Ciara Murphy and Kelly Corbett were unlucky not to progress past the 600m heats. Ciara recorded a top ten finish in the shot putt to add to her county medal from 2014. Kelly also recorded a very respectable long jump distance that put her close to the medals.
In the next age group Méadbh Rogers, Eve Byrne and Louise Doyle competed in multiple events with great success. Eve's sprint hurdle performance was probably the pick of these, as she was only a fraction of a second from making the final.
Aaron Browne was also one place away from making his sprint final. Coming through his heat comfortably, Aaron got off to a great start in the semi-final only to be called back, as another competitor had false started. In the end Aaron missed a spot in the final by a whisker, but can be very pleased with his effort.
Conor Murphy cleared four heights to take seventh place in the high jump and was only two jumps away from a medal. Ciara Kelly was our second representative in the high jump and did very well in a very high-standard competition.
Hayleigh Bawden and Gráinne Flannelly both achieved top ten finishes in the sprint hurdles and shot putt respectively. Aoife Muldoon was excellent in her heat of the 200m and was close to making the final.
Aedan Rogers was in the leading group of his 800m heat and was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the final by one position. The final competitor for a mention was Eathan Anderson, who was close to making his 800m final despite the distance being shorter than his optimum.
These Striders did fantastically well, as most were making their first-ever appearance indoors and gained invaluable experience. Well done to our latest Leinster champion, Aidan Shannon.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
The best Masters athletes in the country gathered in Athone last weekend at the national indoors Masters championships, with St. Joseph's athletes winning hard-earned medals. Continuing their race walking exploits, Bríd Lawlor and John Joe Lawlor won at Over-50 and Over-45 level with Maggie Helen O'Connor also finishing second at Over-40.
Verena Fenlon had a busy day's competition, finishing second in the shot putt and fourth in the high jump and long jump. Pat Power was equally busy, finishing second at Over-55 level in 60m, 200m and 400m. Mary Breen was third in the shot putt and Paudie Barron was second in the Over-35 60m.
However, amongst all the club success, there was a reminder that sport can be cruel and Maria Griffin was particularly unfortunate, suffering a serious injury in the 800m which brought her national championships to an abrupt end.
The road race scene in now in full swing with St. Joseph's having two athletes competing in the Run For Life 10k race in Carlow. Sally Forristal was first lady home, finishing in a fantastic 17th position from almost 200 competitors in a great time of 39.51.
Patrick Bookle also had a fine run, finishing in ninth position in a time of 37.48.
Racing on Sunday took place in Blarney, Co. Cork and Slane, Co. Meath, and the Wheelers were well represented at both venues.
There will be racing in Carrick-on-Suir on Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day, for all classes and the Wheelers car will be travelling if transport is needed by any of our riders planning to race - contact Martin Gill.
Then next Sunday one of the classics of the domestic racing scene takes place when Carlow host the Des O'Hanlon Memorial. Once again, a large number of our racers will be travelling to represent the club in this prestigious event which attracts one of the largest fields of the year.
Tours continue every Sunday morning from the Bullring, Wexford, with all levels catered for. In addition, Roy Doyle takes a tour from The Maldron every Saturday at 10 a.m. and also on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from the Maldron, weather permitting.
Don't forget The Blackstairs Challenge takes place on Sunday, April 19, with routes from 50 km. to 105 km., and ideal event as the first of the year for all our tourers. There will also be a family cycle of 12 km. so all cyclists are catered for
An outstanding winter team league came to a dramatic conclusion in Barntown Squash Club. In front of a packed viewing gallery, John Doyle's team narrowly beat John Hatchell's team after almost three and a half hours of pulsating squash.
The teams finished 9-9 and were left with an agonising wait as tournament director and referee Bernard Hillis had to retire to the office to do a countback on every single game. In the end Doyle's team prevailed on a scoreline of 164-154.
It was a remarkable ending to a very successful tournament which saw nine teams of six enter. Club Chairman, John Hatchell, thanked all the members who entered the club's first tournament since the re-launch last year, singling out the huge numbers of beginners and Juniors who participated on the mixed teams.
There was also a player of the tournament award announced and it went to Damian Morris for his outstanding efforts and dedication to his team during the league matches. Hatchell acknowledged the club's main sponsor, Trinity Hire, for their continued support along with the other sponsors of the league prizes: Irish Squash, Martin Evans Sports and The Saucy Butcher.
The club continues to grow from strength to strength with 170 members, a thriving Junior coaching academy and recent winners of the national award for best-held event on 'World Squash Day'.
Membership is now closed until April, 2015 but if you do wish to visit the club and discover why Forbes magazine voted squash the world's healthiest sport, then why not get in contact via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , call/text 087-6558855 (John) or 086-3868277 (Bernie), or find us on Facebook 'Barntown Squash Club', Twitter @BTSquashClub or www.barntownsquashclub.com.
Menapians were represented by three athletes at the national Masters indoor championships on Sunday in Athlone and we returned with no less than three national titles, one apiece.
First to strike gold was the youthful sprinter Jimmy O'Neill, no stranger to national medals in the last 20 years, and again he didn't disappoint with a fantastic gold in his age group in what would be a current-day personal best of eight seconds flat. This is a great time and shows age has no boundaries.
Team-mate Kevin Cogley, an ex-Irish international sprinter, showed he can still mix it with the best in Senior athletics, running a respectable 7.26 in his heat.
And with the results decided on times, it was good enough for silver, but without the ability to contest a final we can only guess Kevin would have gone quicker in another race. This being his first competition of the year, he showed no signs of holding back in the 200m and took the gold with a fantastic time of 23.26. He will take encouragement from these times into the outdoor season and beyond.
Jimmy took silver this time around in the 200m and completed a fine day's sprinting for the two Menapians men.
Last but not least was Catherine O'Connor who contested the Masters 1,500m and did not disappoint with a gold also - a just reward for her commitment to the club and the sport over the last couple of years.
It was a great return for the club and well done to all three athletes. Closer to home, Ken Jones won the Rosslare 5k so well done Ken!
Next up for Menapians is the first weekend of the national Juvenile championships this coming weekend back in Athlone which sees a large contingent take part once again, and we wish them all the best.
After a very successful trip to Meath three weeks ago to compete at our national championships, Wexford Kettlebell Club again came away very happy and with a giant share of medals plus new Senior and Junior champions for 2015!
Our Senior panel and members of the Irish squad this year are Mick Kelly, Paul Hillis and Keith Dwyer. The ladies of W.K.C. dominated in the snatch event and came away with all but one gold medal. Qualifying for the Irish team are Kathleen Cleary, Collette Butler, Clara O'Connor, Alison Murphy, Jennie Carthy, Lorraine Hore and Sarah Clifford.
These athletes will now be preparing for our next big event, the European Championships to be held in Bulgaria in July.
It was a great day for our Junior athletes too as Megan Lane, age 15, and Brendan Smith (14) have both qualified for the squad also, and a European Championship awaits them in Lithuania. The Wexford team also includes Juniors Becca Dowdall, Billy Hillis, Ian Kelly, Emma Smith and Dylan Walsh, and Senior members Fiona Kelly, Selina Morrin, Marian Roberts, Marie Laffan-Cullen and Brendan Eastwood.
On Saturday we held a world record attempt: 'having the most fit clubs in the world all at the same time do an hour of aerobics'. It was a huge success and all donations on the morning were presented to the Mayor, George Lawlor, for Wexford Marine Watch. Thanks to all involved.
The Leinster Kettlebell championships are only five weeks away and the event is being held in Portlaoise this year.
Training programmes will be available on the noticeboard this week, and Mick would like people to tell him their chosen bell and lift as soon as possible.
Wexford Kettebell Club are marching for the first time this year in the St. Patrick's Day parade, so everyone please meet at Maudlintown green at 10.15 a.m. and wear your club gear.
Wexford Kettlebell Club training times are every Monday from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday from 7.30-9 p.m., and Friday from 6-8 p.m. Junior Kettlebell club is every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. New people are always welcome and the sport is suitable for all ages and fitness levels!
ST. KILLIAN'S A.C.
Niall Sheil continued his excellent form as of late when he travelled to Athlone to compete in the national Over-35 1,500m. Niall ran a great race, leading from the gun to take the national title well clear of second place.
This is a great result for Niall as he prepares for the European indoor Masters championships in Poland at the end of the month.
Great credit has to go to Niall's coach Pavel Kolesnikov who has been instrumental in his development in recent years.
Pavel also coaches his training partner, Jackie Carthy, who won a silver medal in the Over-40 1,500m.