Super celebrations in Bree
2015 marked the 45th anniversary of the foundation of Bree Athletic Club. The club was founded by Tony Greene and Dan Walsh in 1970.
The past year saw many fine performances from all of the athletes involved in competition. A total of 15 national individual medals, 40 Leinster individual medals and four Leinster team medals were won by Bree athletes.
Ryan Murray was double national champion with indoor gold medals in the 60m and the 200m, and Sophie McCabe had triple national gold successes, winning the triple jump in the national outdoor track and field, in the Tailteann Games and in the Celtic Games.
As well as individual and team successes, Bree will receive the Leinster shield award in January, 2016, for best club in Leinster in the nine to eleven age group.
At the Bree A.C. Awards presentation recently, club Chairman Eamonn Whelan congratulated the athletes on their great performances. He thanked the athletes and their parents for their wonderful support.
He thanked the coaches for their hard work with the athletes, with a special mention for Una Doyle for her total commitment to all athletes. Eamonn also thanked Ballyhogue G.A.A., Bree Community Centre and Galbally Community Centre for the use of their facilities.
Clare Doyle, club Secretary, read the citations as each winner was presented with their award. Bree A.C. 'athlete of the year' winner Sophie McCabe was presented with her award by club Chairman Eamonn Whelan.
As well as Sophie's national successes in the triple jump, she was runner-up in the national indoors and in the national Aviva schools in triple jump and she set a Leinster championship record in the 400m. In June, Sophie was 'Mr Oil Wexford Athlete of the Month' and in January, 2016, she will receive a Leinster All Star award.
The 'Peter Byrne Merit Award' winner, Gracie Kehoe, was presented with her award by Peter Byrne. Gracie won national and Leinster medals in 60m and turbo javelin as well as a mixed relay bronze medal in the national Community Games.
The 'Tony Greene Merit Award' winner, Seán Rowley, was presented with his award by club coach William Spratt-Murphy. Seán won national and Leinster medals in 60m and long jump as well as gold medals for 100m and relay in the Wexford primary school sports.
The 'John Godkin (Best Under-13) Award' winner, Darra Casey, was presented with his award by former Co. Secretary John Godkin. Darra won national and Leinster medals in 60m hurdles as well as a gold medal in the Wexford Community Games 80m hurdles.
The 'Paul Kehoe Merit Award' winner, Abbie Doyle, was presented with her award by Bridget Kehoe. Abbie won national and Leinster medals in 60m as well as a mixed relay bronze medal in the national Community Games and a gold medal in the 80m in the Wexford primary school sports.
The 'Pat O'Leary Distance Merit Award' winner, Brandon Sinnott, was presented with his award by Pat O'Leary. Brandon won the Mr Oil Wexford track and field 300m hurdles, 800m and 1,500m gold medals and a Leinster 250m hurdles medal.
The 'Bree ICA Parish Award' winner, Grace Donohoe, was presented with her award by Catherine Dunleavy (Bree I.C.A. President). Grace won national and Leinster medals in turbo javelin as well as a silver medal in 60m hurdles in Wexford Community Games.
A 'Special Merit Award' was presented to Ryan Murray by Michael O'Leary. As well as his successes in the national indoors 60m and 200m, Ryan won a national indoor silver 60m hurdles and Leinster indoors gold medals in 60m hurdles, 60m and 200m. In March, Ryan was 'Mr Oil Wexford Athlete of the Month'. Ryan was injured for the 2015 track and field season.