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EOIN WALSH THE ASPIRING YOUNG ATHLETE AWARD

Posted: 8/2/2016 - Eoin Walsh of West Muskerry A.C. was well deserving of the Cork County Board Aspiring Young Athlete Award on Friday the 29th of January last. This is a huge honour for Eoin and all at West Muskerry are delighted for him. Eoin competes in 60m, 100m, 200m & 400m indoors and outdoors. He had been plagued with injuries over the last few years but he never gave up and worked extremely hard on his recovery and his determination is exceptional. 2015 saw him fighting back stronger and better than ever and improved with every race he competed in on the Indoor and outdoor circuit. The Cork City Sports and the National Junior & U 23 being some of the competitions he competed exceptionally well in. He has always focused on the positives of his races and all the younger athletes in the club look up to him and love watching him train on a Friday night as he speeds up the track with his lovely yellow spikes. His determination has paid off recently when he was selected to run in the 60m in the Harvard Multi Meet & Beantown Challenge at Harvard University.

After receiving his award on the Friday Eoin travelled to Athlone to compete in the All Ireland U 23 Indoor 200m on Sunday January 31st and what an amazing race he had. He battled hard all the way to the finish and dipped on the line and very little separated the first three athletes with Eoin receiving the All Ireland Bronze medal. An amazing weekend for a very aspiring young athlete.

Rachael O`Sheal made her come back in the U 23 400m at the Indoors in Athlone. Rachael has been out injured all last year and was delighted to be given a chance to compete again. She qualified for the Final and while finishing out of the medals on this occasion she was delighted to be able to compete again and is looking forward to the up coming season.

SEAMUS GALLAGHER MUNSTER CHAMPION

6 West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Sunday last the 7th of February in the Munster Junior Cross Country Championships and the Munster Inter County Relays and all 6 athletes had superb performances.

Seamus Gallagher and Colm O`Mahony ran in the junior 5000m race and both ran fantastically. Seamus went out steady and opened up a leave after 2000m. He battled hard through the wind and the rain and the underfoot conditions were very poor. He kept his lead all the way to the finish line and Seamus was well deserving to be crowned Munster Junior Cross Country Champion. His club mate Colm O`Mahony also ran a superb race and he was well deserving of the Silver medal. Both boys were delighted with their performances.

In the Inter County Relays again he West Muskerry athletes ran fantastically and all four helped Cork win Medals.

In the Boys U 12 Breandan O`Sullivan and James O`Neill who are both up an age battled hard against County Teams from Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Clare and Limerick. The boys and their cork team mates were well deserving of the bronze medals in what was a very close finish for all the teams.

In the Girls U 14 Shannon Cotter had a fantastic run and she and the rest of the Cork team held off Counties Tipperary, Clare, Kerry and Waterford to win the Gold Medals. Another fine performance.

In the Boys U 15 Tadhg Manning and his Cork team mates had the most exciting race of the day with the leader changing three times throughout the race. The Cork boys came through strongly in the end and fought hard to close the gap on the lead group and were well deserving of the bronze medals and narrowly missing out on the silver medals. Again a great achievement for all the team.

The athletes will turn their focus to the upcoming Track and Field Championships in April and the older athletes will be competing in the Munster Schools Cross Country.

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