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:
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
Leevale coach, Donie Walsh is the Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Month Award for May. Donie has been selected to travel to Rio as the Athletics Ireland endurance coach joining two of his athletes Lizzie Lee and Michelle Finn will be competing in the marathon & 3000m steeplechase respectively.
Donie will return to the olympics a mere 44 years after he competed in the marathon in Munich in 1972 .
Donie has been at the core of Irish athletics for most of his life. He earned a scholarship to Villanova University in the USA, and competed in several NCAA championships.
His greatest successes came in the early 1970s, when he won five 10000m National Championships on the track in six years, ran the marathon for Ireland in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, and won numerous other cross country and track & field titles. He was a scoring member of the Irish team that took silver in the World Cross Country Championships in 1979, on the day that John Treacy won the race for the second time.
His contribution to athletics in Cork is immense and he is a worthy recipient of the Cork City Sports Athletics Person Of The Month award. Unfortunately due to an accident Donie was unable to attend the awards in person. The award was accepted on his behalf by his two sons Michael & Mark Walsh,
Michael & Mark Walsh accepting May Athletics Person Of The Month Award on behalf of Donie Walsh
At an award ceremony in the Rive Lee, the Leevale AC Women’s road relay team were awarded the Cork City Sports Athlete Of the Month Award for April. The Leevale team composed of sisters Michelle & Carol Finn and Lizzie Lee, recorded their 3rd victory in
a row at the National Road Relay in Dublin defeating a fancied Crusaders AC in the process.
Lizzie Lee has been selected to represent Ireland in the Women’s marathon in Rio, while Michelle has the olympic qualifying standard for the 3000m steeplechase, she must wait until the start of July to receive formal selection for Rio.
Cork City Sports Chairman Tony O’Connell congratulated the Leevale athletes on the hatrack of national road relay titles and wished Lizzie & Michelle every success with their endeavours in Rio.
L-R Carol Finn, Lizzie Lee & Michelle Finn
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