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Athletics Ireland Invites 2017 Carding Applications

Applications Invited for 2017 Youth / Junior / Development / Senior & Discretionary Carding

Closing Dates - October 3rd & October 10th

Don't Miss Out!!

 

Athletics Ireland Carding min

 

The 2017 Athletics ireland athlete carding policy has been published, and online application is open. Carding Policy and Performance Standards

 All athletes currently carded must fill out and submit an online application for 2017, to be considered for carding.

Carding Application Form

 

Timelines

- Applications available on HP website (athletes will reapply and/or open to apply) - September, 2016

- Athletes will submit application for consideration to the OGPP - September

- Youth/Junior applications due by 3rd of October / any questions please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Development/Senior/Discretionary applications due by 10th of October / any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

- Selectors meeting to consider carding applications - October

- AAI will notify athletes who have/have not been selected for the OGPP - October

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Performance Development Manager, Athletics Ireland  (087) 2629950

 

2017 Athlete Carding Scheme

Athletics Ireland will manage and administer the athlete carding scheme for all levels of carding. The carding scheme is a 'selection process' where by athletes must achieve performance criteria laid out within a Selection Policy to be considered for membership to the carding programme.

The carding scheme outlines Athletics Ireland's High Performance carding support programme known as the Operation Gold Performance Programme or 'OGPP'. The OGPP document outlines the programme support structures, selection process and policy, the selection panel, appeals process, and how athletes will be considered for carding at the various levels of the programme.

 

 

Program Structure

The Operation Gold Performance Programme will select and invest in athletes to provide “more opportunities” and to “achieve performance results” that will be supported on two levels:

1. Performance - Individual Carding: support athletes who can deliver on our performance goals and meet with the individual selection criteria set out within the different levels and age groups of:
Podium - World-Class -International, Development, Emerging Talent and Discretionary categories.

2. Opportunity - Team Ireland Carding: support athletes who do not meet with the criteria for individual carding but given an opportunity (identified as a potential and/or selected) to represent Athletics Ireland at a major championship.


Carding Process

Application Process: All currently carded and any newly considered athletes must (re)apply for carding each year. The applications for individual athlete carding can be filled out and submitted on AAI’s HP website. After selection, athletes will be notified and provided with additional information around carding support and other application requirements as needed for the OGPP.

 

The Selectors retain the overall discretion to consider an athlete for carding where an Application has inadvertently not been made. The process for individual carding:

1  Applications available on HP website (athletes will reapply and/or open to apply) - September 1st, 2016

2  Athletes will submit application for consideration to the OGPP - Sept: Track / XC
     Youth/Junior applications due by 3rd of October / any questions please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     Development/Senior/Discretionary applications due by 10th of October / any questions please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3- Selectors meeting to consider carding applications - October

4- AAI will notify athletes who have/have not been selected for the OGPP - October

5- AAI/ISC will collectively publish the 2017 carding list

* No application is needed for Team Carding



Carding Resources

Noelle Lenihan in Final Day Paralympic Action

North Cork AC's Noelle Lenihan Throws in Paralympic F38 Discus Final

Rio Paralympics Day 10 - Saturday September 17th 2016

 Noelle Lenihan Rio Paralympics 2016 min

Photo: Paralympics Ireland

North Cork AC's Noelle Linehan is the final Irish athlete into the arena at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.  Noelle throws in the F38 Final, scheduled for 9:32pm tomorrow, Saturday, night, making her Paralympic debut.  Noelle is the current World Record Holder for the F38 Discus.  In addition, she hold a Silver medal from the 2015 World Championships, and is the current European Champion, having won Gold in Grosetto, Italy, earlier this summer.

One might be surprised to hear that Noelle only took up discus throwing approx. two years ago, having previously concentrated on the Shot Put.

Noelle Lenihan Discus IPC Athletics World Championships Oct15 Irish Examiner min

Photo: Irish Examiner

 

Noelle Lenihan - Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month November 2015

 

Noelle Linehan Interviewed by John Walshe (Ballycotton Running Promotions) and John Quigley (Cork Athletics)

Interview with Noelle Linehan - Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month October 2015 from Webmaster - Cork Athletics on Vimeo.

 

Women's Discus F38 Final 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships Doha

Day-8-Thursday-September-15-2016-Rio-Paralympics

Silver for Eagle AC & Carrigaline's Niamh McCarthy and Ladysbridge's Orla Barry


Earlier this afternoon, 25 year old Orla Barry, from Ladysbridge, in East Cork, secured the Silver medal in the F57 Discus Final

Orla Barry Takes F57 Discus Rio Paralympic Silver min.

 

Paralympics Ireland's Report

At the Olympic stadium in Rio today Cork’s Orla Barry won silver in the Women’s Discus Final F57, to improve on her Bronze medal which she won in this event four years ago in London. The twenty five year old, had a second round throw of 30.06m which was enough to claim her podium place behind Algerian, Nassima Saifi, who took gold with a throw of 33.33.m. 

Barry went into the competition ranked third with a personal best of 31.18 and although she didn’t hit that mark today the two time Paralympian had enough to hold off Eucharia Iyiazi from Nigeria who took Bronze.

Speaking after the event, Barry said, “I’m delighted; absolutely delighted. I have done one better this time. There were doubts during the week so to throw over thirty meters is fantastic, any day you can through over thirty meters is a good day. I am delighted to come through in the end.”

Speaking about the support she has behind her, Barry added; “My coaches, and my family; without them, I wouldn’t be here at all. Part of this medal belongs to all of them.” Barry continued, “I always said after Rio I would take it each year at a time and with world championships coming up, I will take a break now and concentrate on them.”

Orla Barry F57 Discus Rio Paralympics Sportsfile min
Photo:Sportsfile

 

Second Silver of Day for Team Ireland, as Niamh McCarthy Takes Silver in F41 Discus

 Niamh McCarthy F41 Discus Rio Paralympics SportsfilePhoto:Sportsfile

This evening, throwing in the F40/41 Discus Final, Eagle AC and Carrigaline athlete Niamh McCarthy took another Silver for Team Ireland, with a fifth round throw of 26.67m, behind Gold medalist, Tunisian Raoua Tlili, who threw a World Record of 33.38m. Tlili's compatriot, Fathia Amaimia secured Bronze, with 26.16

 

Paul Keoghan T37 400m

Late this afternoon, Ireland's Paralympic debutant, Paul Keogan in the heats of the T37 400m. Unfortunately events did not go as planned for the Meath man who was disqualified due to a false start, having lost his balance while waiting for the gun.

 

Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month July 2016 Darragh McElhinney

Darragh McElhinney is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for July 2016

The Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by 96FM/C103FM, The Evening Echo and The River Lee

 

 Darragh McElhinney Cork City Sports Star July 2016 J min

 

Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month - July 2016 - Award Citation

The Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for July is Darragh McElhinney. Darragh receives the award for his performance in winning the 1500m at the Schools Home International, in Kent, where he produced a stunning finish. Darragh was one of just four Irish winners in a very high quality 40 event program.

 

This is Darragh's second Cork City Sports Star of the Month award. He previously received the award in March 2015. On that occasion, he received the award for his cross-country achievements during March.  Darragh won the Junior Boys Title at the SIAB schools international cross country held in Santry Demense, Dublin, on Saturday, 21st of March. The 32 strong Irish schools team competed against athletes from England, Scotland and Wales and Darragh was the only Irish winner. Two weeks prior to that, Darragh won the Junior Boys All-Ireland Schools National Championship.

 

Photos

Darragh McElhinney Cork City Sports Star July 2016 H min

17 Photos on Cork Athletics Flickr! Account

 

Videos

Darragh McElhinney Interviewed by Liam O'Brien, Technical Director, Cork City Sports

Darragh McElhinney Interviewed by Liam O'Brien - Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month - July 2016 from Webmaster - Cork Athletics on Vimeo.

 

Darragh McElhinney Interviewed by John Walshe (Evening Echo) and John Quigley (Cork Athletics)

Darragh McElhinney Interviewed by John Walshe & John Quigley - Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month - July 2016 from Webmaster - Cork Athletics on Vimeo.

 

Cork City Sports Homepage
Cork City Sports - Awards Archive

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Autumn Cross-Country Fixtures - September 2016

Updated Cross-Country Fixtures Listing for Autumn 2016

 Munster Masters Cross Country Championships 2014

NB - These details are provided for guidance purposes only. Munster and National Championships, in particular, are subject to change outside Cork Athletics control.  In all cases, please check before travelling

Specific venue details have, in many cases, yet to finalised, and starting times are shown as a guide only.

 

Entry Forms for Cork Athletics Cross-Country Championships Autumn 2016

Online Entry for Munster & National Cross Country Championships 2016/7

Further information on entering Munster events, on Munster Athletics website

 

Sun Sep 18th, 11:00 - East Cork Division Cross-Country Championships – Day 1
Sun Sep 18th, 11:00 - West Cork Division Cross-Country Championships


Sun Oct 2nd, 12:00, Conna - Cork Athletics Novice Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 2nd, 12:00, Conna - Cork Athletics U23 Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 2nd, 13:00, Conna - Cork Athletics Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships


Sun Oct 9th, 12:00, Carrigadrohid, West Muskerry - Cork Athletics County Junior Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 9th, 12:00, Carrigadrohid, West Muskerry - Cork Athletics County Senior Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 9th, 13:30, Carrigadrohid, West Muskerry - Cork Athletics County Juvenile Uneven-Age Cross-Country Championships


Sun Oct 16th, 14:00, Abbottstown, Dublin - Athletics Ireland Autumn XC, inc Masters Trials (aka Gerry Farnan XC)

 Sun Oct 16th 12.00  Carrig na bhFear Cork Athletics Intermediate Cross Country Championships)
Sun Oct 16th, 12:30, Carraig na bhFear - Cork Athletics Juvenile B Cross-Country Championships

Sun Oct 23rd, 11:00, Carrig na bhFear - Munster Juvenile Even Age Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 23rd, Carrig na bhFear - Munster Athletics Novice Cross-Country Championships
Sun Oct 23rd,  Carrig na bhFear - Munster U23 Cross-Country Championships

Online Entry Only.  Closing date is midnight on Friday 14th October 2016


Sun Nov 6th, Riverstick 1:00 - Cork Athletics Novice B Cross-Country Championships
Sun Nov 6th, Riverstick 12:00 - Cork Athletics Masters Cross-Country Championships

Sun Nov 6th, Carraig na bhFear, 11:30 - East Cork Cross-Country Championships

Sat Nov 12th, Tolcross Park, Scotland - British & Irish Masters XC


Sun Nov 13th, Limerick Racecourse - Munster Athletics Senior Cross-Country Championships
Sun Nov 13th Limerick Racecourse Munster Athletics Junior Cross country Championships
Sun Nov 13th, 11:30, Limerick Racecourse - Munster Athletics Uneven Age Cross-Country Championships

Online Entry Only.  Closing date is midnight on Friday 4th November 2016

 

Sun Nov 20th, 11:30, Augustine's Dungarvan, Co. Waterford - Munster Athletics Masters Cross-Country Championships
Sun Nov 20th, 13:00, Augustine's Dungarvan, Co. Waterford - Munster Athletics Juvenile Inter-Club Cross-Country Championships

Online Entry Only. Closing date is midnight on Friday 11th November 2016


Sun Nov 27th, 10:00, Abbotstown, Dublin - Athletics Ireland National Inter-Club Cross-Country Championships
Sun Nov 27th, 11:30, Abbotstown, Dublin - Athletics Ireland National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships
Sun Nov 27th, 11:30, Abbotstown, Dublin - Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships


Sun Dec 4th, 11:30, Clarecastle GAA Club, Clarecastle, Co Clare - Munster Athletics Intermediate Cross-Country Championships
Sun Dec 4th, 11:30, Clarecastle GAA Club, Clarecastle, Co Clare - Munster Athletics Juvenile 'B' Cross-Country Championships

Online Entry Only. Closing date is midnight on Friday 25th November 2016


Sun Dec 11th, 11:00, Chia, Italy - SPAR European XC Championships


Sun Dec 11th, 11:30, Dundalk IT - Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Uneven Age Cross-Country Championships
Sun Dec 11th, 14:45, Dundalk IT - Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross-Country Championships

 

Sun Jan 22nd 2017, TBC - Athletics Ireland National Intermediate Cross-Country Championships

Sun Jan 22nd 2017, 10:00, TBC - Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Inter-Club Cross-Country Relays

 

Sun Feb 12th 2017, 10:00, Waterford IT - Athletics Ireland National Masters & Juvenile B Championships 2017 Cross-Country


 

Cork Athletics Cross-Country Championship Entry Forms 2016

Athlete Transfers August 2016

Athletics Ireland Approved Transfers August 2016

 

Transfer Window Closed


The Summer Transfer Window closed on Wednesday August 24th.  Transfer forms may be submitted at any time but will not be dealt with until the next Transfer Window closes, on March 24th 2017.


Thirty Nine (39) athlete transfers were approved at the September meeting of Cork Athletics County Board, on Wednesday September 7th. Six (6) transfers were held back, pending discussions with one of the clubs involved, and one (1) transfer was declined, as not being in order.

Approved Transfers

AthleteOutgoing ClubIncoming Club
Gary Gibbons Bandon Eagle
Dolores Gibbons Bandon Eagle
Darren Casey Bandon Eagle
Geraldine Corcoran Bandon Eagle
Gearoid McCarthy St Catherines St Nicholas
Siobhan Enright Grange/Fermoy St Nicholas
Brian Harty Midleton East Cork
Darragh Canavan Leevale East Cork
Gabriella Bowen Riverstick / Kinsale Leevale
Eoin Redmond Riverstick / Kinsaie Leevale
Kate Redmond Riverstick / Kinsale Leevale
Mary Fitzgerald Belgooly Leevale
Robert Fitzgerald Belgooly Leevale
Hayley Fitzgerald Belgooly Leevale
Niall Fitzgerald Belgooly Leevale
Abbey Fitzgerald Belgooly Leevale
Joshua Fitzgerald Belgooly Leevale
Finn Fitzgerald Belgooly Leevale
Una Brice Belgooly Leevale
Eva Brice Belgooly Leevale
Joe Brice Belgooly Leevale
Richard Murphy Belgooly Leevale
Colin Murphy Beigooly Leevale
Aisling Murphy Belgooly Leevale
Issy McSweeney Blarney/lnniscarra Leevale
Katie Moynihan Liscarroll Leevale
Helen Moynihan Liscarroll Leevale
Abigail Moynihan Liscarroll Leevale
Alan O'Donovan Riverstick / Kinsale Leevale
Brian Shiels Navy Leevale
Enda Kiernan Leevale St Finbarr's
Conor Higgins Leevale Togher
Louise O'Regan Midleton Aghada
Aisling Donohoe Riverstick / Kinsale Abbey Striders
Ann Lynch Togher Ballymore/Cobh
Conor Kelleher Belgooly Togher

 

Approved Inter-County Transfers

AthleteOutgoing ClubIncoming Club
Fiachra Wall Kenmare Leevale
Neasa Wall Kenmare Leevale
Alison Winger Monaghan Town R Aghada

 

There may be other Inter-County transfers being processed by other Counties that have not yet been presented to Cork Athletics.

Paralympic Bronze for Noelle Lenihan

North Cork AC's Noelle Lenihan Takes Bronze in Paralympic F38 Discus Final

 Saturday September 17th 2016

 

Noelle Lenihan Rio Paralympic Bronze Celebration 2016 RTE min

 

Noelle Lenihan Paralympic Bronze RTE min

Photo:RTE

 

Tonight, North Cork AC's Noelle Linehan was the final Irish athlete into the arena at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Making her Paralympic debut, in the F38 Final, 16 year old Noelle, from Milford, threw 31.71m in Round 1. This was to be her best throw and was good enough for Bronze. Both the Gold and Silver medalists were competing in the F37 category, so Noelle's first throw of 31.71m stands as a Womens F38 Paralympic Record.

Speaking to RTE, Noelle said “The competition was tough but there was a great atmosphere from the crowd, which really help with the performance.”  Speaking about the pressure “I’m doing what I love to do.” “I always tried to keep busy and not sit down and think about it,” “I was just thinking of myself, block out what’s around me and focus on myself and what I can do to improve my throw.”

She thanked her father: “I was just thinking I have to do this for him because he’s not here.” “I can’t wait to see him. I want to thank him for so much for what he has done for me. He has been brilliant.”  “We are a team and I can’t wait to go home to him. He’s probably crying his eyes out somewhere and that’s not even a joke. I come from a huge family and they’re more than proud already but I’m so happy to be able to go with a medal.”

On the Homecoming to Charleville: “It’s is going to be mad, I can’t wait to go home to them because they’re going to go crazy. I can’t wait.”


The Gold was won by Mi Na who threw a stunning F37 World Record of 37.50 with her opening round throw.  Local heroine, Shirlene Coelho, set a Brazilian Record of 33.91 in her final round throw, and take the Silver medal.

Noelle is the current World Record Holder for the F38 Discus.  In addition, she holds a Silver medal from the 2015 World Championships, and is the current European Champion, having won Gold in Grosetto, Italy, earlier this summer.

 

Medal Athlete Country Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Mark
Gold Mi Na China

37.60m

WR

X 37.11 34.71 X  - 37.60
Silver Shirlene Coelho Brazil 31.50 32.55 32.39 33.31 32.74 33.91 33.91
Bronze Noelle Lenihan Ireland 31.71 29.17 27.81 31.08 30.22 31.08 31.71

 

 

 

 

Divisional Cross-Country Championships September 2016

East and West Cork Divisional Cross-Country Championships 2016


This year's Cross-Country season kicks off this weekend, with the East and West Cork Cross-Country Championships, in Ballynoe and Ballineen respectively.

East Cork Cross-Country Championships 2016 - Day 1

East Cork Cross-Country Championships Event Page

 

East Cork Division Website

 

East Cork Cross Country Championships Day 1 2016A min

 

West Cork Cross-Country Championships 2016

West Cork Cross-Country Championships Event Page

 

West Cork Division Website

Cork Athletics Call for Volunteer Stewards - September 2016

Volunteer Stewards Needed for Evening Echo Women's Mini-Marathon and Vhi A Lust For Life Cork Airport 5k

35th Evening Echo Cork Womens Mini Marathon Banner 2016 small Vhi A Lust For Life Cork Airport 5k Banner 2016 min


This month sees two major events in the Cork Athletics calendar.  These are key fundraising events both for Cork Athletics, and also for it's member clubs.  

The Evening Echo Womens Mini-Marathon is organised and hosted by Cork Athletics, and sponsored by Cork's Evening Echo, for the 35th year. The proceeds help Cork Athletics fund its competitions and Championships. In addition it enables the Board to organise training, in coaching, coach education, child protection and safety, along with grants for athletics related equipment.  The Board also organises transport and accomodation for representative Cork teams.

The Vhi A Lust For Life Cork Airport 5k is organised and hosted by Cork Athletics, with the assistance of Cork athletics clubs, on behalf of Athletics Ireland and the Irish Independent.  A portion of the entry fee is donated to the Cork City Hospitals Children's Club.  Cork Athletics receives a fee for organising and hosting the event, and the clubs providing stewards for the event also receive funding. The funds received, both by Cork Athletics and it's member clubs, are ploughed back into athletics in Cork.

Cork Athletics is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation. The Officers, Committee members and others who help to run the business of the Board are all volunteers, who give their time and expertise, free of charge, for the benefit of the athletes and the sport.

Cork Athletics is a designated Sports Body, Registered GS Number 3014 - Cork County Board (Athletics Association of Ireland) - under Section 235 Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997

 

34207438 race marshal

Evening Echo Womens Mini-Marathon

Cork Athletics County Board asks each of Cork Athletic's Clubs to provide a minimum of four (4) stewards for the event.

Approx. 100 Stewards are required, including the following:
32 Volunteers are required to Steward the course

32 Volunteers are required for recording at the finish

30 Stewards are required for the Start/Finish areas

 

Contact

Stewards should contact Noreen Murphy on 085 7157810

 

Vhi A Lust For Life Cork Airport 5k

Approx. 120 stewards are required to steward this event.

In general, individual clubs will be assigned specific areas, including parking, Goodie Bag pickup and Route stewarding. Clubs will receive funding based on the number of stewards provided.

This event starts at 2am on Saturday October 1st, however stewards will be required from approx. 11pm (TBC). The duration for which stewards will be required will depend upon the areas assigned

Due to the funding received by clubs assisting in this event, there is a high demand for stewarding places. Priority will be given to clubs who have assisted in stewarding the Evening Echo Womens Mini-Marathon

 

Contact

Clubs and volunteers should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 087 2772922

 

 

Registered Cork Athletics Events Week Ending Sun Sept 11th 2016

2016 - 2017 Cross-Country Season Starts!

Cork Athletics Registered Events for Week Ending Sunday September 18th 2016

The last of the evening races were last week.  Straight away, we see the first Cross-Country events, with Day 1 of East Cork Divisional Championships in Conna, next Sunday, while the West Cork Divisional Championships will be held in Enniskeane.
On the roads, the big event is the Charleville International Half-Marathon, also on Sunday.

Cork Athletics Registered Events Week Ending Sunday September 18 2016 min2

 

Sunday September 18th, 10:00, Charleville   - Charleville International Half Marathon
 
Sunday September 18th, 11:00, Conna - East Cork Division Cross-Country Championship
 
Sunday September 18th, 11:00, Enniskeane -  - West Cork Division Cross-Country Championship

 

Coach Education Matters - Autumn 2016

Coaching Matters and Upcoming Coach Education Courses

(David Matthews, Cork Athletics/Athletics Ireland Regional Development Officer)

Coach Education Courses Autumn 2016

Munster Junior Performance Squad - Autumn 2016


Completing a Coaching course doesn’t mean that you HAVE to coach for life


Level 1 Coach Course starts Weekend of 30th September
Athletics Leader Course - 29th October
Assistant Coach Course - 12th November
Endurance Course - November - Date tbc

Level 1 Course Syllabus

Athletics Leader Course Syllabus

Assistant Coach Course Syllabus


All courses will be held at CIT Track, and are open to new aspiring coaches, along with existing coaches who wish to upskill.

Following these, the next courses are scheduled for Spring 2017.


Level 1 Coach Course - Fri 30th September

Athletics Ireland Coach Education 2 min

 

There is always clamour for Level 1 courses in Cork - This course is filling up fast, so don't miss out - There wont be another Level 1 course in Cork until late 2017


Sign up now for Level 1 course

 

FIT 4 Class

Athletics Ireland Fit4Class Gillick min

New Primary School initiative (yet to be officially launched)

What is Fit4Class?

  • Fit4Class is Athletics Irelands new 10 week athletics programme. It introduces primary school children aged 5-10, from junior infants to fourth class, to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment.
  • Fit4Class focuses on the use of games to develop fitness whilst enhancing agility, co-ordination and balance, all fundamental to longer term physical athletic development.
  • Fit4Class rewards students for participating and having fun.
  • The Students will be rewarded with wrist bands on completion & includes a Class tracker.
     

What is the aim of Fit4Class? 

Athletics Ireland, anticipates that Fit4Class will not only encourage primary schools to incorporate athletics into their PE class, but will also encourage students to try athletics outside school with their local athletic club.

It is expected that Fit4Class will also help promote the benefits of regular physical activity to the wider school community.

Athletics Ireland has invited All DEIS Primary Schools to register for 300 free class places. To date 160 classes have registered.
Registration closes on October 7th.

Schools should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 087 0516430 for further information.

  • The Programme was developed by Daniel Kilgallon, who is National co-ordinator for Fit4Class
  • Schools must register through the Atheltics Ireland website, in the same way as for any Coaching Course
  • There are 32 DEIS School in Cork City/County & all have been contacted and a number of classes from Cork Schools have already signed up.
  • Its hoped that Fit4Class will be rolled out to Every Primary School in the Country next year.

 Fit4Class Poster (PDF file) - Further information


Collective Coaching in CIT - Weekly Middle Distance/Distance sessions


David Matthews is hoping to facilitate group training for Juvenile Athletes,  aged 13-17 years , (and their Coaches) who are not on;

  • Munster Junior Squad or
  • Munster Development Squad

At this stage of their development, these Athletes need encouragement,  to ensure that they remain in the Sport.  (if Athletes on the Munster Squads would like to attend, they’re more than welcome  -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be there to facilitate them)

  • It will be a Weekly Session, in blocks of 4-6 weeks, held on Thursday evening at CIT Track - Time TBC
  • David Matthews hopes to upskill existing Club Coaches, through Collective learning, and is open to all suggestions
  • There are huge benefits to Group Training at this age
  • Further information will be published after the next Cork Athletics County Board meeting (Oct 5th)
  • It is hoped that something similar like this may be feasible for other events, e.g. Throws/Jumps Sprints

David Matthews is working on this, and contact has been made with several coaches specialising in these areas, addressing the needs of this age: Group 13-17 years.

 

Little Athletics - Volunteer Coaches from Secondary Schools

Little Athletics Athletics Ireland min

David Matthews has canvassed all the Clubs in Cork with regard to Little Athletic programmes. 

  • A number of clubs are at full capacity - which is a good complaint!! - and has received daily emails from parents asking for details of participating clubs.
  • Club officials report that availability of Little Athletics Coaches (Athletic Leader) is the biggest problem facing them.
  • David Matthews is looking at the possibility of Training up 5th year/ TY Students, who have an interest in Coaching, to help out in Local Athletic Clubs.
  • This may fall under the GAISCE programme or TY, however that would be School dependent.

While the plan is in its infancy, Athletics Ireland has agreed to support the cost of training up the Students.

Contact David Matthews

David Matthews, Regional Development Officer- Cork
Cork Athletics/Athletics Ireland, c/o Sports Department, Cork Institute of Technology, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 087-0516430


Autumn/Winter Technical Coaching Days

Cork Athletics is planning to hold its annual, however, while several coaches have already come forward, at present, the program is short of 2 to 3 coaches. If you are a coach and are available on some Saturday afternoons, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. 

These sessions have proved invaluable in bring on Juvenile Athletes.  Let's continue the good work!

 

Last year's series was highly successful

Technical Areas Covered:

  •     Hurdles
  •     High Jump
  •     Shot
  •     Discus
  •     Hammer
  •     Javelin

Rio Paralympics Opening Wednesday September 7th 2016

Irish Athletes Rio Paralympic Schedules - Athletics

Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday September 7th - Sunday September 18th

Irish Paralympic Team Rio 2016 min

Paralympics Ireland Website

Paralympics Ireland Facebook Page

Paralympics Ireland's Twitter Page

Paralympics Ireland's Rio Livestream & Media Site

Paralympics Ireland's Rio Media Guide (PDF File), inc Athlete's Bios

Rio Paralympics Website

List of Rio Paralympics TV Broadcasters

 

Rio Paralympics Livestream


WATCH the Rio 2016 Paralympics live by paralympics

 

Live Coverage of the Opening Ceremony, on RTE 2, at 10pm, Wednesday 7th September

 

ATHLETICS

 

Noelle Lenihan (North Cork AC) 

Noelle Lenihan Interview on RTE Radio 1 Drivetime Program, Tuesday September 6th 2016

The interview is at approx. 2 hour & 11 min into the podcast, and lasts approx. 5 mins.

Noelle competes in the Discus, F38 category. This is her First Paralympic Games.

The 16-year old, from Milford, one of the youngest members of the team, is the world record holder in her category. She was a silver medallist at the IPC Athletics World Championships (2015), and is the European champion. Noelle burst onto the world stage when she took the Silver at the IPC World Championships, in Doha, in late 2015, where she also set a world record. She followed this with success at the IPC Grand Prix where she placed third in the world. 

Cork schoolgirl Noelle has been named as one of IPC’s ‘Athletes to Watch’ for Rio 2016. The promise shown by finishing third at the IPC Grand Prix last year was underlined when she made her international championship debut at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha and won silver and set a new world record. She has continued that trend by winning  gold at this year’s European Championships in Italy (June 2016), landing another world record with her very first throw of 32.14m. She is coached by her dad Jim and Dave Sweeney.

Noelle Lenihan wins Gold and sets new World Record

Noelle Lenihan - Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month - September 2015

Interview with Noelle Linehan - Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month October 2015 from Webmaster - Cork Athletics on Vimeo.

 


Niamh McCarthy (Eagle AC)

Twenty two year old Niamh, from Carrigaline, competes in the Discus, F41 category. This is her First Paralympic Games

Niamh first emerged onto the paraathletics scene in 2013 and has made quick progress since then. The IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha last year was her first major championship and she won a bronze medal. She started this year by setting a new Personal Best of 24.98m in France and then smashed that PB at the European Championships in June, where her 27.05m throw won silver in a combined F40/41 competition and also set a  new European record for her class. She goes to Rio ranked third in the world in her event. John McCarthy is her life-long coach but she moved to Dublin after Christmas to train full-time and is now under the guidance of Dave Sweeney.


Orla Barry

Orla (Discus, F57). The 25-year-old, from Ladysbridge, has twice competed at the Paralympics, finishing fifth in Beijing (2008) and winning Bronze medal at the 2012 LondonParalympics. She is the current European champion. Third games A bronze medal winner at London 2012, Orla's atheltic career started at the age of 16 in 2006. She placed fifth at Beijing 2008 while following the London Paralympics, Orla broke the world record for F57 discus while securing a silver meal at the IPC Athletics World Championships. She then went on to win bronze at the World Championship in Doha in 2015 and gold at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

Orla took up Athletics at the age of 16 in 2006 and  has  since  represented  Ireland  at  two Paralympic Games, finishing fifth in Beijing in 2008 and  winning  bronze  at  London  2012.  In  2013,  she  broke the world record for the F57 Discus and won a silver medal at the IPC Athletics World Championships that year. She has shown great form ahead of Rio by winning bronze (later upgraded to silver) at the 2015 World Championships in Doha and she also secured gold at the recent European Championships in Grosseto, Italy (June 2016), clinching the title with a Personal Best throw of 31.18m on her final throw.
She is coached by Pat Furlong.

 

Other Irish Athletes competing in the Athletics


Orla Comerford (Athletics, T13): She has just completed her Leaving Certificate at Loreto, St Stephen's Green and wants to go to Art College. Turning 19 in Rio this is her first Paralympics.

Paul Keogan (400 metres, T37): He played Gaelic football and soccer with his school, St Pat's, Navan, but at 17 got a knock in a match that caused him to have a brain haemorrhage. A former 100/200 metre sprinter, he won three medals at the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Nottingham last year.

Michael McKiltop (1500 metres, T37): The triple Paralympics gold medallist - 80 metres in Beijing and 800 and 1500 metres in London - is also the world record holder at both distances. There is no T37 800 metres in Rio.

Patrick Monahan (800 metres, Marathon, T53): Took up wheelchair racing in 2013, won the Dublin Marathons in 2014 and 2015 and is the Irish record holder at 1.29.44.


Deirdre Mongan (Shot Putt, F53,54): She won a bronze medal at the IPC Worlds in Doha (2015) and a bronze at the recent European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. She works for the Health Research Board in Dublin.


Jason Smyth (100 metres, T13); Double Paralympics gold medallist at the Beijing and London games in the 100 and 200 metres, he was crowned "The Fastest Paralympian on the Planet" when he won the Rio One Year to Go celebration. Double world record holder, his PB, 10.22 is the second fastest time run by an Irishman.

Greta Streimikyte (1500, T13): One of triplets, she moved to Ireland from Lithuania five years ago, she won a bronze at the Europeans and then knocked almost six second s off her personal best atthe AAI National Championships.

 

Athletics - Irish Athletes Schedules

Times update 21:15, Thurs 8th Sept

DayAthleteEventRio TimeIrish Time
Thurs 8th Greta Streimiktyte T13 1500m Heats 11:30 15:30
Thurs 8th Jason Smyth T13 100m Heats 19:19 23:19
Fri 9th Jason Smyth T13 100m Final 11:09 15:09
Sat 10th Greta Streimiktyte T13 1500m Final 11:13 15:13
Sat 10th Orla Comerford T13 100m Heats 11:00 15:00
Sun 11th Orla Comerford T13 100m Final* 10:57 14:57
Sun 11th Michael McKillop T37 1500m Final 11:59 15:59
Mon 12th Deirdre Mongan F53 Shot Put Final 10:05 14:05
Wed 14th Patrick Monahan T53 800m Heats 11:26 15:26
Thurs 15th Orla Barry F57 Discus Final 10:05 14:05
Thurs 15th Paul Keogan T37 400m Heats 11:45 15:45
Thurs 15th Niamh McCarthy F41 Discus Final 17:40 21:40
Thurs 15th Patrick Monahan T53 800m Final* 19:01 23:01
Fri 16th Paul Keogan T37 400m Final* 10:23 14:23
Sat 17th Noelle Lenihan F38 Discus Final 17:32 21:32

 

Day 1 Schedule - Thursday September 8th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 1 Schedule Thurs 8 min

 

Day 2 Schedule - Friday September 9th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 2 Schedule Fri 9 min

 

Day 3 Schedule - Saturday September 10th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 3 Schedule Sat 10 min

 

Day 4 Schedule - Sunday September 11th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 4 Schedule Sun 11 min

 

Day 5 Schedule - Monday September 12th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 5 Schedule Mon 12 min

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 6 Schedule Tues 13 min

 

Day 6 Schedule - Tuesday September 13th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 7 Schedule Wed 14 min

 

Day 7 Schedule - Wednesday September 14th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 8 Schedule Thurs 15 min

 

Day 8 Schedule - Thursday September 15th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 8 Schedule Thurs 15

 

Day 9 Schedule - Friday September 16th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 9 Schedule Fri 16 min

 

Day 9 Schedule - Saturday September 17th

Rio Paralympics 2016 Day 10 Schedule Sat 17 min

 

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