Members of the Cork City sports Committee met with Lord Mayor Cllr. Des Cahill and Stephen Scully, Cork City Council, to review plans for the 66th Cork City Sports International Athletics meeting on Tuesday the 18th July next at the Cork Institute of Technology Athletics Stadium.
The 2017 meet is shaping up to be a classic, with athletes from all over the world expressing interest in competing in the famous Cork meet in advance of the World Championships which will be held in London in August.
Alex Wright had a superb indoor season and has now brought that form to the outdoor. Over the weekend Alex won the prestigious Lugano Trophy – 14° Memorial Mario Albisetti 20K race walk in Switzerland, joining a very illustrious list of previous winners. Alex won in a new PB of 1:21:19, 34 second clear of his nearest rival, Tom Bosworth of GB.
Alex states that “I am thrilled to start my outdoor season with a win at the prestigious Lugano Trophy over the 20km and setting a new persobal best. Now back to training as I look forward to my next race in 2 weeks.”
Alex was recently presented with the Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month award for January.
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
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.”
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
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.
The 2017 Cork City Sports International Meet will be held at the CIT Arena on Tuesday 18th July 2017. The 66th meet will take place just two weeks before the IAAF World Championships in London and will provide international athletes with an ideal warm up event in advance of the championships.
Meet director Joe Hartnett states ” preparations for the 66th Cork City Sports meet are well under way. The date which we have secured for 2017 will ensure many of the top international athletes will use the Cork meet as a warm up for the World Championships in London.”
- Countdown to Cork City Sports 2017
84 days, 22 hours, 32 minutes