Third largest juvenile membership in Ireland!

Third largest juvenile membership in Ireland!

With the culmination of the indoor track and field season last weekend, eyes will now turn to a busy outdoor season which kicks off with the secondary schools track & field next Wednesday and is quickly followed by a succession of schools, club and community games outdoor events between now and end July.

With official juvenile membership at 283 at the end of March, remarkably the club have the third largest juvenile section in Ireland – behind two big city clubs Kilkenny and Dundrum South Dublin:

Kilkenny City Harriers A.C.

332

Dundrum South Dublin A.C.

332

Craughwell A.C.

283

Nenagh Olympic A.C.

249

 

And the club is the largest in Galway by a distance, with the next largest being GCH with 194 juveniles and Athenry with 129. In fact, the club accounts for almost 40% of the total Galway juvenile membership of 715. These figures are even more impressive when you consider that the majority of the members come from a relatively small area – mostly within 5 or 6 miles of Craughwell city village.

These membership figures bear out the great ethos of the club on encouraging participation. But its not all about participation 🙂 so I have updated the club statistics after this year’s indoor season with the lists of national medal winners, club records and age group records. See the following links:

 

 

Some interesting points:-

  • Between them, 28 athletes from the  club have won a total of 61 individual medals since 2004 in the National Juvenile Indoors across the full range of athletics events:-

 

        • 23 high jump
        • 8 middle distance
        • 7 long jump
        • 7 race walk
        • 5 shot putt
        • 4 pentathlon
        • 3 sprint
        • 2 triple jump
        • 2 hurdles

 

 

 

 

 

  • We won 9 individual medals this year – 8 of which were won by athletes medalling in the indoors for the first time.

 

  • We won 12 individual medals in last year’s indoors, with 10 of these won by athletes who didn’t take part in their event this year for a variety of reasons including injury, exams and being too old this year for the juvenile age groups – so all in all, this year’s performance was very impressive.

 

  • Cathriona Farrell is the leading athlete in the juvenile ranks having medalled 10 times in the National indoors, followed by Maeve Curley, Linda Porter, Paul McGill and Aidan Conneely all on four and Maria McNamara, Clare Ryder and Ella Bryan all on three.
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