The Outstanding Achievements of 16 young athletes were recognised at the annual Longford Athletics Club Juvenile Awards Night held on Friday January 30, 2015 at St. Mel’s College gymnasium in front of a large crowd of family and club members. The engraved display medals were presented by the Club’s new chairperson Paddy McPhillips starting with U10 & 11 athletes Funmi Talabi, Tamara Cosgrove, Anna Hayden, Sarah McPhillips, Avril Cosgrove & Aideen Mulligan who all competed in the Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Pairs Final in Tullamore in June 2014. Connacht medallists Yemi Talabi, sprint, and Sarah Murphy, 600m and Cross Country, rounded off the girls’ winners, both having competed in the Indoor and Outdoor Championships last year and they are already looking forward to a promising year ahead.
The boys in the Club were equally represented in the Outstanding Achievements of 2014 with Connacht medals in Long Jump, High Jump, Turbo Javelin, Relay, Cross Country, Sprint and Middle Distance. Niall Nerney, Niall Moran, Daire McManus, Cian McPhillips, Cian Belton, Adam Shields, David McDonnell and Brendan Finnan all received awards. The superior accomplishments of Cian McPhillips in 2014 stood out from the rest when he won the U13 Boys 600m National Outdoor title and set a new Irish record of 1minute 36.47 seconds.
There was great excitement as the Club Girl\Boy of the Year 2014 was announced. Aoife Maher, Jim Crossan, Jack Gallagher, Daniel Hayden and James Galligan were chosen for their commitment to training, bringing the right attitude and striving to improve throughout the last year.
Little Athletics coaches Shona Matthews, Sean Crossan & Mick O’Hara were acknowledged for the time and enthusiasm they give each week to the 5-8 year old section of the Club. A token of appreciation was given to Juvenile coaches Caitriona Hayden, Paddy McPhillips, Leslie Finnan, Adeline Galligan and Donal Mulligan to celebrate Longford AC’s remarkable year. The evening ended with a special presentation to the outgoing Chairman and Juvenile coach Padraig Farrell who has been a motivating factor in the growth and improvements in the Juvenile section of the Club over the last few years.