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Cork Athletics Youth Development Initiative - CYDI - Day 1 2018-2019

Cork Youth Development Initiative (CYDI) Day 1 2018-2019

CIT Track, Bishopstown, Cork

Saturday September 22nd 2018

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The first meeting of the Autumn sessions of the new Cork Youth Development Initiative (CYDI), along with the Winter Coaching Series, took place at CIT Track, on Saturday last, September 22nd 2018

While the morning was wet, the weather improved for the afternoon, and the athletes and coaches had a great session.
Session One saw the trials for 2003 to 2006 age group, for inclusion on CYDI Panel A. An enthusiastic group of athletes turned up and participated in these coaching sessions. The coaches put the athletes through their paces, and the following athletes were selected for inclusion on to the A panel.   

Cork  Athletics County Board would like to congratulate all the athletes selected, and hopes they will both enjoy and benefit from the programme ahead for 2018/2019.

Name Club Event
Aoife O'Sullivan Liscarroll AC High Jump
Ava Coyle Riverstick Kinsale AC High Jump
Blessing Alamu Midleton AC Shot Put
Callum Keating North Cork AC Shot Put
Holly Unch Leevale AC Shot Put
Precuous Bachari Leevale AC Shot Put
Ben Walsh Youghal AC Shot Put
Amy Whelan Liscarroll AC Javelin
Jack Cullen Bandon AC Javelin
Max Hallihan Bandon AC Javelin
Joe Ivory Liscarroll AC Javelin
Megan Linehan North Cork AC Javelin
Timmy Colburt Carraig na bhFear AC Javelin
Sean O'Riordan Midleton AC Discus/Hammer
Katrynna Pacennskait Fanahan McSweeney AC Discus/Hammer
Grace Rooney Youghal AC Sprints
Danny Kelly Belgooly AC Sprints
Glory Weinegemmie Belgooly AC Sprints
Praise Weinegemmie Belgooly AC Sprints
Zoe Conway Belgooly AC Sprints
Theo De Souza Carraig na bhFear AC Sprints
Darragh Byrd Leevale AC Sprints
Samuel Judd Midleton AC Sprints
Thomas Gilmore Ballincollig AC  
Sean Feehan Ballincollig AC  
Ciara O'Mahony Leevale AC  
Katie O'Regan Riverstick Kinsale AC Sprint Hurdles
Lauren Green Riverstick Kinsale AC Sprint Hurdles
George Alamu Midleton AC Sprint Hurdles
Max O'Reilly Belgooly AC Sprint Hurdles
Abbey Dorney Belgooly AC Sprint Hurdles
Hannah Falvey Belgooly AC Sprint Hurdles
Okwui Bachari Leevale AC Sprint Hurdles
Holly Carroll Blarney-Inniscarra AC Middle Distance
Sarah Morrison St Nicholas AC Middle Distance


There was no Long Jump coach available on the day for the CYDI group, but Cork County Board are delighted to welcome Shane Howard, Bandon AC, to our coaching panel.

For athletes who have expressed a preference for Long Jump, trials for this event will take place on the next CYDI training day, Saturday October 13th.

The numbers who attended the Winter Coaching Series, from 2:30pm to 4:00pm, were quite low, partly due to athletes who might otherwise have attended, having already attended the earlier CYDI session. Cork Athletics County Board would like to encourage more athletes to come along for this session. It is a great opportunity to get some technical coaching under your belt for upcoming indoor competition. Importantly, the lower numbers attending this session means that there is greater opportunity for each athlete, particularly in terms of individual attention and coaching.

Please note that atheletes who have not been selected for the CYDI A panel are invited to train at this time, 2:30pm to 4:00pm, and, if they demonstrate dedication and improvement, there will be opportunities to change to the CYDI A Panel, during the Coaching Series.


September - December 2018 Coaching Dates

Saturday 22/9/18
Saturday 13/10/18
Saturday 27/10/18
Saturday 10/11/18
Saturday 24/11/18
Saturday 8/12/18

Events Coaches
Hurdles Colette Kelly
High Jump Martin O'Sullivan
Shot Dave Frattaroli
Javelin Tom Galvin

Finbarr McCarthy

Sprints Ger Moynihan
Long Jump/Triple Jump TBA
Middle Distance/Long Distance Colette O'Riordan & Frank Hayes


NB: There is no Distance Group session until the New Year, as these athletes are taking part in the Cross-Country Leagues & Championships


Registration Fees

€5 per session


Registration Times

CYDI Panel A: 12:45pm to 1pm 
Open Coaching Group: 2:15pm to 2:30pm


Aims of CDYI

1)    To provide coaching and event peer training groups to aid achievement of qualification standards for EYOF competition in 2019 and 2021 (age dependant).

2)    To provide a pathway to the National High Performance Junior squad

Outline Plan: Year One

Provide information on qualification standards and selection policy, and how they are determined - Jacqui Freyne Athletics Ireland High Performance

To organise workshops around the area of physical development and the young athlete, and its impact on performance. - Mary Gleasure BSc SMISCP (Specialist in Sports Medicine, DIP Sports Psychology, DIP Nutrition).

To organise workshops on training pian towards achievement of standards, and to understand competition peaking. - Athletics Ireland High Performance   

To hold regular coaching sessions in the events with selected athletes


About Us

Cork Athletics County Board is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.
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