The protection and support of children and vulnerable adults in athletics is of paramount importance to Athletics Ireland. The Child Welfare Manager will oversee the implementation of good child protection and welfare practices within athletics.
Core Areas of Knowledge:
1.Good knowledge of the Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children in Athletics and pertinent legislation affecting Child Protection in sport.
2. A good knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies within Child Protection.
3. Understanding of local procedures for reporting Child Protection concerns to the statutory authorities.
4. A good working knowledge of Garda Central Vetting processes and procedures.
5. Awareness of key issues within the context of child protection in sports.
6. A good knowledge of the different forms of behaviour that can occur within and outside of sport which are harmful to children, from poor practice to child abuse.
7. Develop and deliver education projects on club governance and safeguarding children in sport.
8. Have an understanding of Children’s First and its application within sport.
Core Skills – ability to:
•Act as a national source of advice on Child Welfare policy
•Act as Garda Vetting Liaison Person for Athletics Ireland
•Support the best interests of children and vulnerable adults within athletics
•Support and assist club Children’s Officers
Provide direction and support on Child Protection in sport
•Deliver Code of Ethics tutoring and Child Protection workshops.
•Excellent interpersonal skills
•Excellent presentation and communication skills
•Strong organisational skills
•Excellent Information Technology skills
•Full clean Irish driving licence
•Flexibility on working hours (weekend & evening work is standard)
To be considered for the position of Child Welfare Manager please submit your CV with a cover letter by email to Moira Aston at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 22nd of November 2013.
Heartiest congratulations to James Lundon and Mick Rice who have been short listed for a County Mayor’s Award 2013 as representatives of Athenry AC in the Sport category.
The winners in all categories will be announced in the Claregalway Hotel on the night of Tuesday 19th November. James and Mick plus two guests have been invited to this “strictly invitation only” event where a quartet performance by the Athenry School of Music will start the proceedings. The winners in each category will be presented with their prize by the Mayor of County Galway, Councillor Liam Carroll & the MC for the evening will be Galway Bay FM's Keith Finnegan.
All the members of Athenry AC know that the two lads are very worthy of this prestigious recognition and they are wished the very best of luck.Category: Running News
There is a number of schools’ cross country race coming up over the next couple of weeks including:
•The East Leinster Invitation Cross Country on November 20th
•The 6th Annual Cross Country Race in St Mary’s College Galway on November 28th
Details of both these races can be seen on the attachments below:
The Irish Schools’ Athletic Association takes part in three internationals each year.
The Association invites applications from suitably qualified people for the position of Team Manager on each of these internationals. Each applicant should be Garda Vetted by Athletics Ireland or hold a current Access Northern Ireland Certificate.
If you are interested in acting as Team manager please fill out the form and return before Friday 29th November 2013 to:
19 Northwood Court,
Mobile: 087 2633376
The athletes at this years Inter-counties European selection race who finish in the following positions will be required to attend a European Cross Country Championship briefing after the competition, to be held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Northwood Business park, Santry.
Senior Men & Women who finished in the top 8
Under 23 Men & Women who finished in the top 4
Junior Men & Women who finished in the top 8
The reason for communicating this early is to ensure that we provide everyone with enough time to arrange their post-race transport plans accordingly. Taking into account those athletes who have to travel long distances home, we will aim to keep the meeting as short as possible.
Provided at the hotel will be massage therapists, hot and cold beverages as well as soup and sandwiches. Parents and coaches of athletes who finish in the parameters stated above are also invited to attend.
Athletics Ireland National Endurance Coach
St. Nicholas AC hosted the Munster intermediate and juvenile cross country championships yesterday and had plenty of stewards on duty to ensure the efficient running of the event. Unfortunately, the rains arrived earlier than expected to leave everyone drenched after a day of excellent competition.
The men’s intermediate race saw Gavin Sweeney (Togher AC) storm away to a fine victory, running most of the race on his own. Josh O’Sullivan Hourihan (Togher AC) chased him home, while Elton Heffernan (Togher AC) was third, leading Togher to a comfortable team win and Cork to inter county honours.
Sharon Rynne (Kilmurry Ibrickane/N. Clare) was equally impressive in winning the women’s intermediate title from Karina Teahan (St. Finbarr’s AC) and Michelle Kenny (Midleton AC) with Ennis Track winning the club title and Cork the inter county.
Karl Fitzmaurice (Bridge Milers Olympic Harriers AC) overcame the strong challenge of Tom Hennessy (Nenagh Olympic) to win the U19 title, while Laura Power (Ennis Track) proved the stronger in the girls U19 race.
At U17 level Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track) was never threatened as he strolled to victory, while Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) used her track speed to finish the strongest in the girls race.
It was a fantastic day on Saturday 9th November in Cork I.T. for Day 4 of the Winter Coaching Series with around 120 athletes, their coaches & parents attending. The early morning started with a great buzz in the kitchen & around the track with everyone wanting to get stuck into the events of the day. The sense of friendship & warmth was palpable everywhere, indeed throughout this Series, many friendships have been established & contacts made all in the name of athletics which will only go on to improve our beautiful sport. Well done to all, a wonderful bunch of people who have put the athletes first & foremost.
Although cold, the rain held off & as well as applying themselves to their specialist events, the athletes were kept warm with the excitement of getting their special edition Winter Coaching Series T-Shirts, pens & High Viz jackets. All events were covered (sprints, hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot putt, discus, javelin, walks, middle distance & hammer) with our hurdlers getting the benefit of an expert starter, electronic timing & photo finish. Thanks to Donie Walsh, Leevale A.C., Endurance Coach & Olympian for a very interesting & informative talk on fitness to athletes, coaches & parents. We sincerely hope that everyone has enjoyed the Series so far & gained much from it. We hope to build on this Series & drive forward now with another series in the New Year. Thank you to all for your support & we look forward to meeting again soon. Keep in touch with us on our “Winter Coaching Series” Facebook page & our Coaching Blog at www.wintercoachingseries.com.
Best of luck to our juvenile athletes who will be travelling to Dublin to run for Galway and Connacht in the All Ireland Even Ages Cross Country Championship in Santry next weekend. The Athenry athletes who have done really well at the Connacht championship and have qualified for next weekends All Ireland finals are; U12 girls Ciara Griffin, Aoibhe Deeley and Laura Kenny, U12 Boys Ruairí Collins and Shea Hennessy, U14 Girls Aishling Kenny and Sarah Gilhooly and U16 girls Shannen Lee.Category: Athenry Club News
Over two and a half thousand took part in today’s second annual Remembrance Run 5k in the Phoenix Park- a unique event organised by Athletics Ireland where people take part to remember family or friends passed or others who may currently be struggling with illness or other life Challenges.
It was a beautiful November day in the Phoenix Park as the event’s theme song, Kristy McCall’s rendition of Thank You For the Days floated through the bright Autumnal sunshine.
People enter Remembrance Run for many different reasons. Close to three hundred took part as a special tribute to Moira Furey, Dublin resident and native of Longford, who died earlier this year from cancer. The group was led by Moira’s husband, Dublin solicitor, Dermot Furey.
The family and friends of James O’Reilly were also taking part in memory of the brave Wexford man who drowned in Courtown last May while attempting to rescue three youngsters who had got into difficulty while swimming.
Kay Bonner and her family travelled from Donegal to celebrate the memory of her son, Shane Bonner, an aspiring young athlete who tragically died in a road accident two years aged 21.
Joe Warne led the field home in a time of 15.02 to win the Con Houlihan Memorial Trophy- named after the legendary writer who whose passing in 2012, was a catalyst for this event taking place.
Olympian and London Marathon winner, Catherina McKiernan showed that she is still fleet of foot when leading the women home in a time of 17.20 to win the Noel Carroll Memorial Trophy- a tribute to another Olympian and great Irish athletes who died suddenly fifteen years ago last month.
Another famous Irish athlete, Bertie Messitt was also honoured at the event that had a special music theme which culminated with a lone piper playing at the start line shortly before the participants set out on their 5k journey around the Phoenix Park.
Among the entrants was Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteach, who travelled from Kerry to take part in the event for the second year in succession. Minister Deenihan was running in memory of his great friend, Con Houlihan.
Ray D’Arcy from Today FM was also on the start line from Remembrance, as well as Louise Heraghty from RTE 2FM. And making a late but lively start too was Bobby Kerr of Dragon’s Den , Newstalk and Insomnia connections.
“Remembrance Run is a unique event and Athletics Ireland must be commended for organising such an outstanding production that touched so many people in so many ways, “Minister Jimmy Deenihan said. “The event has huge potential and it is great to see that this year’s Remembrance Run 5k received over double the entries that the inaugural event had last year. It is surely an event that is set to become even more popular in the years ahead as people relate their experience of participating in it.”
See attached a full provisional result from today's very successful F4L 5KM out in Newcastle, Athenry.
Congrats to Maria Hehir and her band of helpers on a very efficient race. The weather stayed dry too, which alays helps.
A small gallery of images from the day can be seen here.
Race Director's Report:
I couldn’t have asked for a better day: the weather was perfect and all the weeks of planning paid off. The race started exactly on time and all of the 189 people who ran in this year's F4L race finished it with smiles on their faces.
First to cross the line was Philip Niland, Celbridge AC, in a time of 17.43, followed closely by Sinead Brody, Galway City Harriers, in a time of 19.31.
The F4L winners were Fergal Conneely, OTRA, in a time of 23.12 and Josephine Heffernan, Carnmore, in 24.03.
Everyone who took part in the race were winners; for some it was there 1st race; for others seen how much they have improved.
I would like to say many thanks to the 189 who ran in this year's race. Nearly €2000 was raised for Western Alzheimer and a huge thanks to all who supported it:
* Galway Crystal
* Clada Minerals
* Londis Newcastle Road and High Street
* Richard Hughes Opticians Galway
* Sherry Michelle's Beauty Rooms
* Quiff Hair Studio
* North East Galway Run.
* Tom & Pascal and all the other Civil Defence members
* Bernie Kelly GCH F4L, Paul Fallon OTRA, Tuam AC and Andrew Talbot Clare River Harriers for send such a large group
* my own club Athenry AC members for helping with registration, refreshments, pacing, marshalling, finish line and results
* Natalie Hehir for taking the photos!
Maria Hehir.Category: Race Result Attachments: 13newcastlef4l5km.pdf
Hot on the heels of last week’s welcome news that John Cronin (Tullamore Harriers) was confirmed as a member of the IAAF International Technical Official (ITO) Panel came the announcement that a number of Irish Technical Officials have also been named on the various European Athletics Panels for the period next four years period 2014-2017.
European International Technical Official (ITO) Panel 2014-2017:
Following a tough week long evaluation process in Lisbon, Portugal in September which encompassed Written, Presentation and Oral examinations emerged the news that the full quota of 3 Irish Officials have made the final panel for the next 4 years.
Declan Curtin (Dublin City Harriers)
Pierce O’Callaghan (Clonliffe Harriers)
Ronan O’Hart (Sligo)
All are products of the successful National Technical Official (NTO)education process which took place in Athlone in 2011 and all three are now eligible for appointments to European Athletics Major Events for the next four years.
Following this, the European Athletics Council met in Zurich last week and it was confirmed that they will be appointed for the following events in 2014:
Cronin John Chairman of Jury of Appeal European Team Championships Super League 21-22 June 2014 Braunschweig / GER
Curtin Declan ITO European Youth Olympic Trials 6-8 June 2014 Baku/AZE
O’Callaghan Pierce Jury of Appeal European Athletics Championships 12-17 August 2014 Zürich/SUI
O’Hart Ronan ITO European Team Championships Super League 21-22 June 2014 Braunschweig / GER
European International Race Walking Judges Panel 2014-2017
Athlone hosted the European International Race Walking Judges evaluations and in a discipline which Ireland has excelled at on the track in recent years, we have not had the same high standards of success on the judges panels with only Pierce O’Callaghan acting as a member of the IAAF Race Walking Judges panel since 2005.
However, all that has now changed and home advantage certainly seemed to do no harm to the Irish candidates and following challenging written, video and oral examinations it emerged that Shaun Gallagher (Finn Valley) and former National Champion, long time stalwart and Chairman of the High Performance Committee Ray Flynn (Sligo) has made the European Panel for the next 4 years.
Alongside this, Zuzana Costin (formerly Malikova)of West Waterford but selected by the Slovakian Federation to attend the course also made the panel of 24 from over 50 original candidates.
European Athletics confirmed the following appointment for 2014 and it is expected Ray Flynn will be appointed in 2015:
Gallagher Shaun International Race Walking Judge European Youth Olympic Trials 6-8 June 2014 Baku/AZE
European Athletics Technical Delegates Panel
John Cronin and Pierce O’Callaghan who are both members of IAAF panels and both have been Technical Delegates at European Athletics events over the past number of years were named in the first ever European Athletics Technical Delegate panel after a 2 day education seminar in London in October.
2014 Technical Delegate Appointments:
Cronin John Technical Delegate European Athletics Classic Meeting Heusden/BEL 19.07.2014
O’Callaghan Pierce Technical Delegate European Athletics Special Premium Meeting Athens/GRE 10.05.2014
Athletics Ireland President Professor Ciaran O’Cathain speaking on behalf of the association said:
“I want to extend my warmest congratulations to all our officials who have all given sterling voluntary service to the association over many years with their technical expertise. Their appointments are great personal achievements and reflect very well on the standard of technical officiating within the association. I look forward to lots more new officials challenging for positions when the exams take place in 4 years’ time”
Pictured above are the 55 candidates who took part in the European Athletics Race Walking Judges evaluation in Athlone last month.
The 2014 WCM will target a limit of 1,500 participants and the entry process will open at 9am next Monday 11th November. Given the response last time when entries closed in early January, all intending runners should enter as soon as possible to guarantee a place on the June 1st start line.
Another massive local entry is anticipated but participation from a much wider base is also expected to increase significantly as post June 2013, the reputation of the WCM spread across the running fraternity. Indeed the organisers recently attended the Dublin Marathon Exposition and reported an enormous interest from the thousands flocking through the stands over Dublin Marathon weekend.
Speaking at Yesterday’s Launch the Mayor congratulated the WCM organisers on their 2013 success and confirmed substantial Council financial support for the 2014 event.
” I and Council were really impressed with last June’s brilliant event and we are delighted to back the Walled City Marathon in 2014 and help ensure the legacy of this year’s inaugural event” said the Mayor and added ” the Marathon certainly embraced the entire community and the community responded magnificently by participating in huge numbers, boosting the race organisation and turning out in their thousands to support the runners”
Race Director Noel McMonagle thanked the Mayor and Council for their most welcome support and commented ” we are delighted to have this crucial Council input and together plan to deliver an event which will surpass even the heights of 2013″ ” Planning is already at an advanced stage and we look forward to making June 1st next year another memorable day in the life and times of our city”
He continued ” while we have targeted a broader entry base than before, the local growth in running activity is the source of our core participation and with increased community involvement also targeted, next year could be something special”
President of Athletics NI and WCM team member Gerry Lynch, confirmed the support of Athletics NI and the wider athletics fraternity and said that events like the WCM captured the imagination of many, many people, not just club runners. ” that is good news for athletics” he concluded.
Early entry was strongly recommended by Scott Galbraith of the WCM team who explained that the entry process, both online and paper , will open at 9am on Monday next 11th November.
Online entry is via the website www.thewalledcitymarathon.com Click on the link for Walled City Marathon entry and proceed with the entry process. The entry fee is £36 plus a £2.20 booking fee.
Entry will be possible also by downloading an entry form and sending the hard copy to WCM, Foyle Hospice, 61 Culmore Rd. Derry, BT48 8JE. The £36 entry fee only will apply for paper entries.
Entry forms will be available at the Hospice and at Derry City Council facilities.
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The National Combined Events Squad for 2014 is now available to download from the link below. Our next national CE squad session is on Sunday the 17th of November in Morton Stadium, Santry. The selected squad members are asked to assemble in Santry at 12.30pm. Our session will end at 4.30pm. All coaches are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will be working on strength and speed testing as part of our first winter preparation squad day. More details will follow. Any questions or queries please contact Kieron Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletics Ireland and the Irish Sports Council jointly announce that the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel determined that athlete Tomas Rauktys has committed an anti-doping rule violation.
Tomas Rauktys, a discus and shot put thrower, has been sanctioned by a period of ineligibility of 2 years commencing on the 15th August 2013 – the date on which he was provisionally suspended by Athletics Ireland. In a doping control test immediately following his win in the National Championships, he provided a sample which tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance, Stanozolol. Mr Rauktys’ results from the 27th July to the time of his provisional suspension on the 15th August are also disqualified.
The hearing was held on under Article 8 (Disciplinary Process) of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and this announcement is made pursuant to Article 15 (Public Disclosure) of the Rules.
Under a new policy of the Irish Sports Council the full Decision of the Disciplinary Panel is available at Irish Sports Council Website
Please find attached the list of athletes selected for the Munster Performance Squads. A letter has also been posted out yesterday to those clubs with selected athletes. Please can you check for your club name on the list and ask any athletes selected to register their place at this link https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/MunsterPerformanceSquad12
The Squad Dates & Venues for 2013/2014 season have been confirmed as follows:
- Sat 30th Nov Cork IT 10am-2pm
- Sat 1st Feb Nenagh 10am-2pm
- Sun 9th March UL Track 10am-2pm
- Sun 13th April Cork IT 10am-2pm
Athletes need to confirm their place on the online registration form by Friday 22nd November. It is open to all those selected from u15-u21 in 2013 age groups so those born 1999-1993 and also open to any athlete who has been at a major championship in the past couple of years e.g Euro Youth Olympics, Euro Juniors or World Juniors.
The Head Coaches are as follows:
- Noelle Morrissey Short Hurdles
- Brid Golden 400m/400m H
- Drew Harrison 100m/200m
- Eamon Flanagan PV
- Steve Fleming LJ/TJ
- Chris Regan HJ
- Dave Sweeney Shot
- Jerry Horgan Discus
- John Sheehan Javelin
- Frank Lynch Walks
- Steven Macklin MD
- Denis Finnerty/Pat Power Multi Events
The selection criteria for all athletes is below in the following order:
- An athlete that has represented Ireland at Schools or Clubs competition in 2013
- An athlete that has finished in the top 3 at an All Ireland Outdoor Schools or Clubs championships in 2013
- An athlete that has finished in the top 5 at an All Ireland Outdoor Schools or Clubs championships or top 3 at an All Ireland Indoor Championships in 2013.
- An athlete that has been injured or has shown tremendous potential in an event
Those not selected on the Performance Squads are encouraged to attend the Winter Coaching Series days along with their personal coaches. Details re dates will be available soon for 2014 with the last date for 2013 on Saturday 9th November. Contact Chris Regan for further details on the Winter Coaching Series email@example.com.
For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.