2018 Review

Emerald AC had another successful year with several highlights as outlined:
• Numbers are still very high, especially at younger age groups.
• 3 coaches achieved Level 2 certificates during year. There are 2 additional coaches helping with long distance group
• Expanded online system to include competition entries.
• Running track refurbished and now top quality and reopened in Aug. New system for track booking introduced.
• GDPR came into effect in May. Club data privacy developed in line with new regulations. Registration form altered to comply with same.
• New Child Welfare Safeguarding Statement introduced.
• Coach Noelle Morrissey appointed as coach of National Relay team.

There is a solid group of athletes training with the middle distance group.There have been notable successes in the group this year including the following:
Amy O’Donoghue, competing in the AIT Indoor Grand Prix, Morton games 1500 and the Brussels grand prix. Amy set PB’s in the 800 and 1500 both indoors and outdoors. Amy was second in the national 1500m in a very competitive field, and won a gold standard British Milers Club meeting in the 1500m.
Rory Prendeville had an excellent year’s running resulting in PB’s in the 400 and 800, also winning medals in the schools and clubs all Ireland competitions. Rory was also called into the 4 x 400 relay team in the senior nationals winning his first senior medal.
Other athletes to have had a good year were Rachel Hosey wining an indoor all Ireland medal in the U18 1500m in a new pb, Sophie Moroney winning a Munster 800m medal and Thomas McCarthy getting the new season off to a great start in the North West games coming 3rd in the 1500m and also setting a new pb.

In this group there are 5 athletes who were selected for international events – Evan Crotty Intervarsity, Sarah Lavin, Jenna Bromell, Ciara Neville all participated in international team events. Ciara Sheehy was chosen for schools having had a great season with shot putt & throws (all Ireland gold U17).
The highlight for this group was Ciara Neville winning silver medal in the U20 Worlds Championship 4*100m relay, running as part of the Irish national U20 team, and progressing to the semi-finals of both 100m and 200m individual events. Ciara also won goldin 60m,U20 in the UK indoors.

Some fine performances at the national senior level indoors with Sarah Lavin 1st in 100mh ,Ciara Neville 2nd in 200m, mens relay team 2nd in 4*400m relay & 3rd in 4*100m relay.
Outdoors Jamie Mitchell 1st Junior 400m, Lauren O Leary 4th U18 100m,Annie Russell 4th U19 400m Shauna Ryan 4th U17 Triple jump. Ciara Neville 1st 200m Junior, Roisin Harrison 1st U23.
Also great results at the Munster level with several medals including Aoife Neville (100m), Ciara Sheehy (shot putt, throws),Lauren O Leary (1st 60m U18 indoor)Zara Bolger ( 1st 400m outdoor,2nd indoor,3rd 200m indoor) and Annie Russell (3rd 400m indoor & outdoor), Girls Junior 4*100m relay 1st and U19 relay 1st.amongst others, all qualifying for All Irelands.

Emphasis of training on pentathlon events & concentrating on basic skills
Improved participation in Limericks this year both indoors and outdoors and several athletes medalling- Fay Moore (u10)500M 3rd, Milene Keane (u10) Long Jump 2nd, Naminata Diarrassouba (U10) Long Jump 3rd, Diarmuid Crowe 2nd Turbo Javelin U10, Ist X-country u10, Shot Put 2nd Lamine Diarrassouba 3rd 200m Long Jump 3rd 60m 3rd U13, Malachy Mc Kenna 60m Hurdles 2nd, 60m 4th Sean Harrington 2nd Shot put U13 Padraig Crowe 800m 2nd, Alan Gladysz 800m 3rd Ruby Mulholland 3rd 800m. U14 Boys U14 relay 2nd.