The honours keep pouring in for Craughwell AC's top high jumper Cathriona Farrell. Cathriona was honoured at the weekend to receive the Athletics Ireland "Eamon Gilbert Award" for being the country's best juvenile high jumper in 2007.
Cathriona's consistent jumping throughout the year earned her this award, with a PB of 1.72m early in the year, followed up by several top-notch performances during the year and in particular her achievement in winning the English AAA U17 High Jump in August with a jump of 1.69m.
To win the high jump in her own age group on a regular basis in AAI competition is an incredible achievement but to be selected from all age groups from U19 downwards amongst both boys and girls as the best juvenile high jumper in the country is exceptional.
Cathriona received her award at a glittering ceremony in Arklow at the weekend from Sean Kelly, former President of the GAA and currently Executive Chairman of the Irish Institute of Sport. The Irish Institute of Sport is a Government-appointed body whose mission is to produce sporting champions for Ireland.
Previous winners of this award since its introduction in 1998 are:-
- 1998: Orna O'Donoghue (Carrick-on-suir)
- 1999: Adrian O'Dwyer (Kilkenny City Harriers)
- 2000: Adrian O'Dwyer (Kilkenny City Harriers)
- 2001: Mark Crowley (Kent)
- 2002: David Shields (Canon Burke)
- 2003: Claire McNamara (Athenry AC)
- 2004: Brian Flatley (Claremorris AC)
- 2005: Pamela Hughes (Westport AC)
- 2006: Jason Harvey (Ballymena/Antrim)
Well done Cathriona!