Leevale AC Athlete, Alex Wright is the Cork City Sports Athlete Of the Month for January 2017.
On January 28th last, in Bratislava, Alex set a World Leading Time, with a 5m race walk win against a strong International Field. In February, he followed this performance when he won the 5km Race Walk, at the AAI Games, in AIT Indoor Arena in Athlone, in a personal best, and then set a new National Record at the Athletics Ireland National Record of 18:50.70, and, in the process, breaking Rob Heffernan’s previous record of 18:51.46, set in 2008. Alex has already qualified for both 20k and 50k Race Walks at this year’s World Championships, in London.
Alex thanked the Cork City Sports for the ongoing support and award. He also thanked the sponsors; The River Lee, The Evening Echo, 96FM & C103FM and LeisureWorld.
Chairman Tony O’Connell stated that Cork City Sports were very impressed with Alex’s strong performances this early in the season and wished every him every success in his preparations for the World Championships
L to R., Michael O’Connell CCS, Darren Johnston, Cork 96FM C103, Frank Walley, President CCS, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening Echo, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Alex Wright, Leevale A.C. (Recipient), Ruairi O’Connor, General Manager, The River Lee, Rory Noonan, Deputy Editor, Evening Echo and Terry O’Rourke, Secretary CCS. Picture. Martin Collins.
Pat Walsh (Cork Athletics and Skibbereen AC), was honoured by Cork City Sports at the 2016 Awards Ceremony, for his lifetime contribution to athletics, across a wide spectrum, with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cork City Sports President, Frank Walley read the citation; “Today we honour one of these stalwarts of the sport, who work tiredlessly behind the scenes, unnoticed by many, but who contribute enormously to the development of athletics.
Today we honour Pat Walsh for his twenty six years service to Cork Athletics. We look back, in honour, at Pat’s involvement in athletics”
Frank went on to outline some of Pat’s considerable contribution; Pat first became involved in Schools athletics in the 1970’s, competing in the Munster Colleges 200m. He was a regular competitor at the many local sports meets, held throughout west Cork, during that period. Following this, he ran cross-country for UCC, and became the west Cork Divisional 1500m Champion, beating renowned athletes, such as Sean and Paul Harte. Pat ran six marathons in all, culminating with a lifetime best of 2:56.
Pat became involved in the administration of athletics, initially holding the office of Vice-Chairman of BLE (precursor of Athletics Ireland). In 1987 he was elected Treasurer of the County Board, a position he held until 2016. (He has stepped only very slightly, currently holding the office of Assistant Treasurer).
Pat has been the main driving force behind the Cork Athletics Mini-Marathon, having first been appointed to the organising committee in 1989. He was also a prime mover in both the purchase and development of Cork Athletic’s grounds, at Slieveroe, Riverstick, and also, as a member of the CIT Track Management Committee, the development of the spectator stand, administration building and indoor warm-up area at the CIT track. He is also Chief Judge, in charge of the Finish Line Officials at Cork City International Sports meet.
“Pat is a well deserving recipient of the Cork City Sports Lifetime Achievement Award for his huge contribution to athletics over so many years. It now gives me great pleasure to present Pat with this prestigious award.”
L-R, Regina Walsh, Lucy Walsh, Jessie Walsh, Pat Walsh, Marie Walsh & Bill Allen, Chairman Cork Athletics.
The athletics community, dignitaries of Cork and event sponsors were out in force today for the 2016 Cork City Sports athlete of the year award for 2016. There was always going to be stiff competition for the award with three Olympians, Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC), Michelle Finn (Leevale AC) and Robert Heffernan (Togher AC), plus two athletes who had competed at the European Championships in Berlin, Claire McCarthy (Leevale AC) and Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) on the nomination list.
Robert Heffernan of Togher AC was the Cork City Sports Athlete of the year 2016. Robert competed in this his 5th consecutive Olympic games, which was an historic achievement. He filled the country with pride by finishing a credible 6th place in the gruelling heat. This makes four top-10 finishes from his now five Olympic attempts, a standout record for any Irish athlete, especially in such a gruelling event where so much can, and often does, go wrong.
The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Year Award is sponsored by:
96FM & C103FM
The Evening Echo
The River Lee
Tony O’Connell, Chairman of CCS, presents the 2016 Athlete Of The Year Award to Robert Heffernan
Vicki Cusack is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for December 2016
In December, Vicki was a member of the Irish Intermediate Girls Schools Team that took Silver at the Home International Combined Events competition. Vicki earned her place on the team by finishing 3rd in the Irish Championships the previous month.
Vicki was presented the award at a ceremony in The River Lee, which is sponsored, The River Lee, 96 & C103 FM, The Evening Echo and Leisure World.
We now look forward to the Cork City Sports 2016 Athlete Of The Year Award, which will be held in Th River Lee on Friday 17th February.
Carmel Parnell of Leevale AC was the Cork City Sports Athlete of the month for November. Carmel is one of the most consistent performers in the history of the British and Irish Master Home International Cross Country. In November she competed in Glasgow and won her 8th consecutive and 11th overall age group title. Carmel won the Over 60 section along with leading Ireland to a team victory as well.
The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award is sponsored by The River Lee, 96FM – C103, The Evening Echo and LeisureWorld.
L to R., Frank Walley, President CCS, Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Kieran McGeary, CEO Cork 96FM C103, Carmel Parnell, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Ruairi O’Connor, GM The River Lee and Terry O’Rourke, Secretary Cork City Sports. Picture. M. Collins
Sinead Kevany of Midleton AC is the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for October. Sinead was an impressive winner of both the Cork County and Munster Novice Cross Country Championships in October.
The Cork City Sports Award is sponsored by 96FM, C103, TheEvening Echo, The River Lee and Leisure World.
L to R., Frank Walley, President CCS, Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Kieran McGeary CEO, Cork 96FM C103, Sinead Kevany, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Ruairi O’Connor, GM The River Lee and Terry O’Rourke, Secretary CCS. Picture, M. Collins.
Emma Murphy of St. Finbarrs Athletic Club is the Cork City Sports athlete of the month for September. Emma was the clear winner of the 35th Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon in a time of 22:03 which was held on the streets of cork 25th September.
The first Cork Women’s Mini Marathon took place in 1981. The event is Munster’s premier 4-mile road race, has grown to become one of the biggest sporting participation events outside Dublin and succeeds in attracting women of all ages and abilities. The Evening Echo have been title sponsors since the inception of the race, and its role is to assist with administration, advertise and promote the event.
The awards was presented in The River Lee and was attended by award sponsors: Elaine Fitzgerald, Marketing Manager Cork 96FM C103, Mary O’Brien, The River Lee and Eamonn Murphy The Evening Echo.
L to R., Shay Curtin CCS, Liam O’Brien CCS, Elaine Fitzgerald, Marketing Manager Cork 96FM C103, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Emma Murphy, Mary O’Brien, The River Lee Hotel, Eamonn Murphy, Evening Echo, Frank Walley, President CCS and Terry O’Rourke, Secretary CCS. Picture, Europhoto.
Togher AC athlete Robert Heffernan is the Cork City Sports athlete of the month for August 2016. Robert travelled to Rio to compete in his fifth olympic games to compete in the 50K race walk. The race was a gruelling event in the Brazilian heat and humidity in which 30% of the athletes were unable to finish the 50K distance. Robert finished 6th in a time of 3:43:55.
Robert has a remarkable Olympic record since making his debut in Sydney in 2000. He finished 8th in the 20km in Beijing in 2008, 9th in the 20km and third in the 50km in London 2012, and fifth in the 50km in Rio.
This is Robert’s seventh Cork City Sports Star of the Month award, having last received the award in October 2014. Robert was also recipient of the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Year award for 2014.
The Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Awards are sponsored by Cork’s 96FM & C103, The River Lee, The Evening Echo and LeisureWorld.
L to R., Frank Walley, Chairman CCS, Jim Horgan, Cork 96FM C103, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening Echo, Tony O’Commell Charman CCS, Robert Heffernan, Paula Cogan, Global Sales & Marketing, The River Lee and Doyle Group, Eamon Murphy, Deputy Editor, Evening Echo and Terry O’Rourke, Secretary CCS. Picture, Europhoto.
The Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for July is Daragh McElhinney of Bantry AC and Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai. Darragh received the prestigious award for his excellent performance in the 1500m at the Schools Home International, in Kent, where he produced a stunning finish to take victory in a high class field. Darragh was one of just four Irish winners in the top quality international event.
The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award is jointly sponsored by The River Lee Hotel, Corks 96FM, C103FM, The Evening Echo and Leisureworld.
L to R: Frank Walley president CCS, Ruairi O’Connor GM, The River Lee, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Darragh McElhinney ( Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai ), Elaine Fitzgerald, marketing Manager, Cork 96FM C103 and Terry O’Rourke. Secretary CCS.
At the monthly award ceremony in the River Lee, Charlie O’Donovan of Leevale AC was awarded the Cork City Sports Athlete Of Month Award for June. Charlie received the award for winning the Junior 1500m at the 65th Cork City Sports in an outstanding time of 3:54:36. This time was inside the qualifying standard for European Youth Championships in Tbilisi and earned him selection for the team.
In Tbilisi, Charlie comfortably qualified for the final where he finished a very credible 8th. Charlie is coached by Leevale AC’s Ken Nason, (a sub 4 minute miler in his day).
Cork City Sports Chairman thanked the O’Donovan family for their support and which Charlie every success in his future athletics career. He also thanked the event sponsors, The River Lee, The Evening Echo, C013 & Cork’s 96FM and Leisureworld
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