Two worthy recipients of athletics awards
A young pole-vaulter who finished second at national senior level and a cross-country runner who led the Irish team to silver medals at the European Masters in Madrid are the latest recipients of the Cork City Sports Monthly Athletics Awards.
Ciara Hickey from the Blarney-Inniscarra club is the February winner for her performance at the Irish Life Health/National Senior Indoors at Abbotstown where she vaulted a personal best of 3.40m to take the silver medal behind Ellen McCartney of the City of Lisburn AC.
The following week, Ciara set a new championship record when winning the Munster U19 title with a vault of 3.30m. Only two years at the event, which she took up after being involved in gymnastics, Ciara is one of a promising group of young vaulters coached by Eamonn Flanagan.
The season ahead is dictated by the Leaving Cert for the Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, pupil but once that’s over no doubt she will continue to set new heights in one of the most demanding events in athletics. “Once I have the Leaving out of the way I’ll be looking forward to the schools championships where I’ll be hoping for a medal as it’s my last year.”
Last July, Ciara finished second in the pole vault at the Cork City Sports and this year’s meet on July 16 is also on her target list.
“It was great to compete last year as the pole vault hadn’t been on the programme for a while so I’m really looking forward to that again.”
Michelle Kenny was honoured with the March award for her seventh place at the European Master crosscountry championships in Madrid. In the process she led home the Irish F35 team which secured the silver medals in the team contest.
“It was a privilege to be there first of all but crosscountry over there is not like what we have here,” admitted the Leevale athlete.
Michelle was also on the Leevale senior team that competed in the European Clubs Cross-Country at Mira in Portugal in February.
“It was a huge honour and achievement, thanks to Leevale, to be selected for the team and it was great to have that experience before going to Madrid, so it’s been a great year so far.”
The Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Month Award is jointly sponsored by the Evening Echo, Cork 96FM & C103, LeisureWorld, and The River Lee Hotel.
At the River Lee Hotel for the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Award for February and March were Shay Curtin, Frank Walley, Nicola Cullinane, Claire Myler, Tony O’Connell, Ciara Hickey, Blarney/Inniscarra AC, award winner for February, Michelle...