Galway's up and coming athletes claim national titles at championsips

Galway enjoyed more medal success at the final day of the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in the Athlone IT Arena on Saturday.

Liam Shaw of Athenry AC was again outstanding, and was crowned National U18 shot put champion with a best throw of 17.18m.

Galway City Harriers Angela Cielecka won another gold, adding the national indoor long jump title to her outdoor win last August. Her winning leap of 5.18m a massive personal best and one that enabled her to take the gold medal.

In the relay there were four medals for Galway clubs. GCH U15 Boys medalled via the squad of John Morrison, Jack Barry, Shane McGovern, Daniel Sangodele and Eamon Lydon, bringing the city club home a super silver after the heats and final.

Tuam AC boys' U13 4x200m relay team also won silver medals at the All-Ireland Indoor Championships in Athlone, with the quintet of Cian O'Driscoll, Thomas Riordan, Odhran Kelly, Ruairi Costello, Éanna McGrath combining across the heats and final.

Craughwell AC U14 girls' team secured a well-earned bronze medal, with the squad of Lauren Morgan, Rachel Warde, Aeveen Kelly and Katie Lean, just pipping Midleton to a medal in a fine time of 1:50.39.

South Galway AC U12 boys' relay team of Eoin O’Shaughnessy, Evan Gantly, Theo Gantly and Cathal Walsh also claimed bronze.

Galway Indoors

The final day of the 2022 Galway Indoor Championships took place last Sunday in Athlone IT arena with the U9 to U11 athletes taking centre stage in their debut indoors.

At U9 level, there were wins for Katie McGlynn of GCH and Dylan Mannion of Tuam AC in the 60m sprints. The 200m saw gold medals going to the talented Dylan Mannion and Anna Huban of South Galway, while in the long jump, Sean Botha of Castlegar AC and Anna Huban of South Galway AC were on the winners' podium.

In the relays, Clare River Harriers boys and South Galway AC girls were victorious, and in the U10 events, Matyss Ozilins of Castlegar AC and Amelia Henry of South Galway AC were crowned champions over 60m. In the 400m, a super run for Conor Mannion of Craughwell AC saw him take gold, with Saoirse Griffin of Clare River Harriers winning the girls' event.

In the long jump, there were wins for Matyss Ozilins again with a second gold, and Emma Barry of GCH, while the relay gold went to Tuam AC in the boys' event and South Galway AC in the girls' races.

At U11 level, there were sprint golds for Brian Griffin of CRH and Laoise Colleran of Craughwell AC, while over 600m in the distance races, Darcy Noel of Galway City Harriers, and Clara Murphy of CRH won top honours. In the long jump Darcy Noel won his second gold for GCH, and Lola Whitney Mangan of Craughwell AC. GCH won the boys' relay, with Craughwell taking the girls' title .


NUIG is expected to field strong squads in tomorrow's (Friday ) Universities Outdoor Track and Field competition in Carlow IT.

The squad is likely to include Irish internationals Sarah Quinn, Robert McDonnell, and Roland Surlis, while athletes from GMIT will also be represented.

Galway's top middle distance athletes head to the Phoenix Park on Saturday for this year's National 19k Championships in Dublin.

Galway City Harriers' senior men’s team is aiming for a high finish, with runners such as David Carter and Conor Byrne currently in strong form.

The Abbeyknockmoy 5k takes place on Sunday at 10.30 am, hosted by St Bernard’s FC, and is AAI approved.


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