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Athlete Of The Month – February

Published On: 31 Mar 2017

The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of February is Phil Healy (Bandon AC and UCC). Phil received the award for winning the  400m at the National Senior Indoor Championships in a time of 53.49sec  which was inside the qualifying standard for the European Indoor championships. Among many other top class performances in February  Phil won the Intervarsity 200m Indoor title in a very brisk time of  23.55 seconds, setting a varsity record in the process.
The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month award is sponsored by The River Lee, The Evening Echo, 96FM & C103FM and Leisureworld.
L to R., Frank Walley, President CCS, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Tony O'Connell Chairman CCS, Phil Healy, Bandon AC and UCC (recipient), Deputy County Mayor Cllr joe Harris, Mary O'Brien, The River Lee, Kieran McGeary CE, Cork 96FM C103 and Terry O'Rourke. Picture, M. Collins Europhoto.

L to R., Frank Walley, President CCS, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Phil Healy, Bandon AC and UCC (recipient), Deputy County Mayor Cllr joe Harris, Mary O’Brien, The River Lee, Kieran McGeary CE, Cork 96FM C103 and Terry O’Rourke. Picture, M. Collins Europhoto.

Plans for 66th Cork City Sports Well Under Way

Published On: 23 Mar 2017

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.

Seated L to R., Frank Walley President CCS, Tony O'Connell Chairman CCS Stephen Scully, Cork City Council. Back Row L to R., Michael O'Connell, Finance Committee CCS, Joe Hartnett, Meeting Director CCS, Terry O'Rourke Secretary CCS, Ray Shanahan, Vice President CCS and Shay Curtin, Programme Co-ordinator CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Seated L to R., Frank Walley President CCS, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS Stephen Scully, Cork City Council. Back Row L to R., Michael O’Connell, Finance Committee CCS, Joe Hartnett, Meeting Director CCS, Terry O’Rourke Secretary CCS, Ray Shanahan, Vice President CCS and Shay Curtin, Programme Co-ordinator CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Alex Wright Wins Prestigious Lugano Trophy 20K Race Walk

Published On: 20 Mar 2017

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.

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Athlete Of The Month – January

Published On: 16 Mar 2017

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.

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.

Cork City Sports Honour Pat Walsh with Lifetime Achievement Award

Published On: 20 Feb 2017

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.

L-R, Regina Walsh, Lucy Walsh, Jessie Walsh, Pat Walsh, Marie Walsh & Bill Allen, Chairman Cork Athletics.

Robert Heffernan Is the Cork City Sports Athlete Of the Year for 2016

Published On: 17 Feb 2017

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

LeisureWorld

 

 

Tony O'Connell, Chairman of CCS Presents the 2016 Athlete Of The Year Award to Robert Heffernan

Tony O’Connell, Chairman of CCS, presents the 2016 Athlete Of The Year Award to Robert Heffernan

Athlete Of The Month – December

Published On: 30 Jan 2017

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.

Vickie Cusack

Athlete Of The Month – November

Published On: 21 Dec 2016

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

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

Athlete Of The Month – October

Published On: 21 Dec 2016

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.

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.

Date Announced for 2017 Cork City Sports International Meet

Published On: 25 Nov 2016

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.”

 

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