Mayo athletics awards handed out

Off to Athens: Mayo athletes who will be taking part in the Special Olympics World Summer Games this year. Paul Kavanagh (Castlebar), Mary McDermott (Swinford),  Deirdre Gannon (Westport), Deirdre Garvin (Claremorris), Linda Heraty, bocce coach (Castlebar), Frank Vahey, aquatics coach (Ballinrobe), with Carolan Lennon, eircom chief commercial officer, and Matt English, Special Olympics Ireland CEO, at the launch of Team Ireland. Photo: Sportsfile.

Off to Athens: Mayo athletes who will be taking part in the Special Olympics World Summer Games this year. Paul Kavanagh (Castlebar), Mary McDermott (Swinford), Deirdre Gannon (Westport), Deirdre Garvin (Claremorris), Linda Heraty, bocce coach (Castlebar), Frank Vahey, aquatics coach (Ballinrobe), with Carolan Lennon, eircom chief commercial officer, and Matt English, Special Olympics Ireland CEO, at the launch of Team Ireland. Photo: Sportsfile.

Four Mayo AC members were among the winners at the 2010 C and C Cellular/ Mayo AAI County Board Awards function held in the Park Hotel Kiltimagh on Sunday last.

This is the annual gathering to recognise the achievements of athletes of all ages from all over Mayo at national level in the past year. Catherine Conway capped off a fine 2010 by taking the senior women’s road racing award, while her team mate Chris Gallagher took the masters women’s road racing award. John Byrne was named master men’s over 35 road racing award winner while Tom Hunt received the master men’s over 50 road racing award.

The Hall of Fame went to Paddy Murray to mark his many successes since taking up the sport in 1977. Also a special presentation was made to the Cullina family as a tribute to the late Padraic, secretary of Mayo AC, who passed away following a short illness last November.

The awards function was again a great success and wonderfully hosted this year by Swinford AC assisted by Mayo AAI County Board members and made possible by the continued support of C and C Cellular.

Road race league up around the corner

While it could be said that this awards function is the final reflection on 2010, Mayo AC are already building up for the 2011 season . While plans for the 13th Mayo AC road league are being put in place and will be announced in the coming weeks, it is known that the first race will be the Kilmovee 10k on Saturday April 23. Mayo AC will also be launching the Spring/Summer Fit4Life programme in the coming weeks.

Ballina athlete claims British u20 title

Allan Smith from Ballina recently claimed the British AAA u20 indoor high jump championship. The 18-year-old won with a jump of 2.04 metres, so far this season the dedicated athlete has claimed the Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English national championships.

Walkin retains Connacht indoor title

At the recent Connacht senior indoor track and field championships in Nenagh, Castlebar’s John Walkin retained the gold medal he won in the 60m sprint last year in a time of 7.73; he also took bronze in the 200m event.

Maye wins masters title

Ballina AC man Padraig Maye took part in the British masters indoor track and field championship recently. He came home from the event, which took place in Lee Valley, London, with a gold in the o70 long jump and triple jump. He set a new Irish record in the triple jump event.

 

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