KUNG FU, KICKBOXING
Dale White from the Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre continues to dominate the boys' kickboxing division at -69 kilos at international level.
The world W.K.K.C. champion recently travelled to Italy as part of the Kickboxing Ireland national squad to compete in one of the world's most prestigious kickboxing tournaments. The WAKO best fighter World Cup attracts fighters from around the globe and ranks among the toughest events on the world kickboxing circuit.
Dale had five tough fights in the -69 kilo division, narrowly losing in the final by one point to take the silver cup.
He then went on to take gold in the boys' forms/sets division, making history as the only person from Ireland to ever win this division in the 25-year history of this tournament.
Dale now has his sights on retaining his world title in Florida this November. This will be his last year competing in the Junior divisions and he will be very hopeful of continuing his winning streak.
The Lau Gar-style fighter will travel to Florida on the Irish team along with clubmates Mark Rowe, Anna Nolan, Michelle Casserly and Rebecca Rowe, accompanied by coaches Bobby O'Neill and Pat Monahan.
The biggest Junior men's (Under-18) stage race held in Ireland took place from Tuesday, July 14, to Sunday, July 19, based around Co. Clare. Wexford Wheelers were represented by Seamus Sinnott riding for the Leinster team and Marcus Harrington riding for the Leinster development team as Marcus is only a first year Junior and will be eligible to race the tour again next year.
Seamus finished a fine 51st in G.C. at the end of the week and Marcus finished 72nd overall. Congratulations to all the County Wexford riders who completed this gruelling event.
There were teams from the U.S.A., France, South Africa, Germany and the U.K. as well as several Irish club and representative teams.
The S.E.R.C. league finished in Gorey last week with the running of round five. This resulted in a fine win for Luke Maguire by the narrowest of margins from Joe Christian, Gorey C.C.
This win ensured Luke was the overall winner of the league. Congratulations to Luke on another fine league win for Wexford Wheelers.
In the A4 event Dave Allen was overtaken for the overall league victory by John O'Leary of Barrow Wheelers from New Ross.
Please remember the first round of the Bike Shop league run by Wexford Wheelers takes place this Thursday on the usual Camross circuit.
Congratulations to all the Wheelers who completed the final running of the St. Luke's Sportif in Ferns on Sunday. There was a turn-out of 350 riders for this very popular event.
NEW ROSS BOAT CLUB
New Ross Boat Club will be holding this year's summer rowing camp from Monday to Thursday, August 10 to 13, at 10 a.m.
The four days of rowing will cost €50. The club welcomes both young and old to come and give rowing a go, as long as they are over 12 and able to swim.
For pre-booking or general enquiries, feel free to contact Sonya Nolan (086-8426685) or John Dimond (087-2121161), or alternatively call over to the club any Sunday around 12 noon.
ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
Three All-Ireland titles, more success in the national 'B' championships, two marathon finishers, and fantastic road race performances all over the south-east: just another week in the life of St. Joseph's Athletic Club.
Sophie Becker added to an already unforgettable year with a double gold medal-winning performance at the All-Ireland track and field championships in Tullamore. Competing in the Under-19 category, she won gold in both the 200m and 400m.
In an unforgettable weekend for the club, the gold rush continued with Shane Power finishing joint winner of the Under-18 All-Ireland pole vault championship. Shane and a Dublin athlete could not be separated when the relevant rules and regulations were applied, so both were awarded gold medals.
This led to an unusual situation as only one athlete could go forward to represent club and country in the Celtic International Games in Scotland in August. The judging committee had to resort to drawing lots which, unfortunately for Shane, did not go his way. If it had, it would have been his second time representing Ireland.
Another club athlete who won an All-Ireland medal was Sarah Lawlor who took bronze in the girls' Under-17 triple jump. Sophie, Shane and Sarah were competing against the best young athletes in Ireland and the scale of their achievements is staggering.
Two hugely dedicated young athletes, Aine Ryan and Aine McDonald, also qualified for the All-Irelands and both performed with distinction in the 60m and high jump respectively.
More success followed in the national 'B' championships with a medal haul of two gold, three silver and four bronze. St. Joseph's achieved a first and second place in the Under-13 80m with Sophie Mullally winning and Aine McDonald second.
The second gold medal winner was Eoin Kennedy in the Under-13 long jump. The other silver medals were won by Erin Foley and Evan O'Toole, with bronze medals won by Kelsey Kehoe, Chloe Mullally, Eoin Kennedy and Oisín Griffin.
Unfortunately, competing against opposition from throughout the country, the three St. Joseph's relay teams which qualified for the All-Irelands did not reach the finals.
A marathon like never before, the Stone Mad Marathon which involves trail running for 26.2 miles did not slow two intrepid club athletes in Paul Sheehan and Chris McNamara. Both were running their third marathon in less than three months with Paul winning the race in 3:30.35 and Chris McNamara finishing in 5:19.42.
A half-marathon is a serious challenge and the Cahir half-marathon saw Elaine O'Donovan finish in an excellent time of 1:32.48. Both Caroline Mullally and Siobhán O Leary achieved new personal best time of 1:43.44 and 1:43.51 respectively.
The Rathgormack five-mile race kicked off a frantic period of road race action with Sally Forristal winning the women's race and showing no ill effects of her fantastic run in the Viking marathon.
The Kilmore Quay five kilometre race in wind and rain saw David Lanigan lead the club athletes home in the men's race in 19.39, followed by Stephen O'Connor in 20.35 and Ciarán Cullen in 23.55. In the women's race Susan Lanigan crossed the line in 23.40 with Hanora O'Connor finishing in 27.40.
The action moved to picturesque Woodstown in Waterford for the Alan Everett five-mile race over a demanding course. Patrick Bookle was the first finisher for the club in 31.15 and also won the Over-45 category.
Michael Ryan and David Lanigan ran great races, finishing in 31.34 and 32.12 respectively. Continuing a great summer of performances, Sally Forristal was second lady home in 32.35 followed by Elaine O'Donovan in 33.31, the third lady to finish. Mairéad O'Donovan and Susan Lanigan ran great races, finishing in 38.55 and 39.20 respectively with Susan winning the Over-40 category.
The Gorey Tennis Club had a wonderful day celebrating Wimbledon last week. This was the first time some of our Junior members had participated in this tournament and the turn-out was very pleasing.
The sunny weather and the promise of strawberries and ice cream encouraged 26 Juniors to compete in the afternoon, with the overall winners being Catherine Darcy and Evan Byrne. Many thanks to Trish Crowe and her team for running this event.
The Senior competition took place in the evening. Thirty-two members took to the court, looking very professional in their 'all white' outfits. Congratulations to Paula Hall and her doubles partner, David Langley, on a great win. Runners-up were Heather Lloyd and James Geoghegan.
The strawberries and cream after the tournament were popular with everyone and a time-honoured way to celebrate Wimbledon.
Well done to Mark McGrath (40.17 P.B.), Anna Breen (42.51) and Jane Merrigan (58.37) who took part in the Fingal 10k on Sunday morning, with great running by all.
Congratulations to Brian Kavanagh (2:24.38), Syl Ivers (2:26.19), Dee Fortune (2:33.38 - seventh lady and third in her category) and Mick Jo Byrne (2:41.40) who took part in the Moxie Adventure Race in Blessington on Sunday. The race consisted of at 12k cycle, 8k hill run, 1.5k kayak and a 17.5k cycle. All put in fantastic performances.
Well done to all who took part in the Castletown 5k and 10k on Saturday evening. There were great results for Croghan. Andrew Dowse was third man home in the 10k while Mary Kennedy took second in the ladies' race.
In the 5k, Stephen Flavin was second man home while Majella Boland had a great race to take second in the ladies. Well done also to Derek Malone, Nicky Boland, Fiona Conroy, Kellie O'Shea, Eadaoin Ní Lionáin and Cyrus Kavanagh.
The 13th and final leg of the I.M.R.A. Leinster League took place on the Sugar Loaf on Wednesday. Pat Foley put in another great performance to leave him in fifth position overall in the league.
This is a fantastic achievement with over 200 runners taking part. Dee Fortune, Syl Ivers and Michael Byrnes also put in great performances over the league.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The weather held off well for the second race in the Slaney Olympic summer league which was held on Friday in The Ballagh. It was a four-mile race over a very challenging and scenic course.
Race directors were Martina O'Sullivan and Siobhán O'Shea. In total 81 runners raced with 'Farmer' Monaghan first home in a great time of 22.16. First lady home was Emily O'Connor in 27.01.
First Slaney man home was Billy Reck and first Slaney lady home was Kelly Long. Spot prize winners were Niamh English and Michael O'Gorman. Many thanks to all the marshals and helpers.
Club members Marie Chapman and Dee Boland took part in the 12-hour race which was ran as part of the Engeria 24-hour Irish championship. Club member Danielle Dempsey was also in Belfast as Marie's support crew.
The event took place on the famous Mary Peters track, with runners turning and running in the opposite direction only every four hours. Marie completed the event in fourth place, covering 66.5 miles. Well done ladies on a real test of mental strength and stamina.
Joe and Kay O'Regan were representing the club in the Johnstown Castle Parkrun and completed the course in 25.54 and 28.37 respectively.
Michelle Doyle and Annis Kehoe both took part in the Taghmon 10k race and were joint first. Well done ladies, great running.
Julie Kirwan was the first lady home in the Castletown 10k in a great time of 44.17. Well done.
Date for the diary: Ballindaggin 6k, Friday, July 24, race starts at 7.30 p.m. and registration is open from 6.30 p.m. outside Jordan's Pub, with refreshments and prize-giving there afterwards. Race directors are Ciara Kearney and Emily O'Connor.
Slaney Olympic would like to welcome new members Sarah Maher, Sarah Walsh and Margaret Cahill.
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.