Lee­vale re­lay team hailed for record run

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - John Wal­she

FOUR Cork ath­letes, who com­bined to set a new Ir­ish U18 re­lay record, were re­cently hon­oured with the Cork City Sports Ath­lete of the Month Award for Septem­ber.

For the third year in a row, Lee­vale — rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land — trav­elled to the U20 Euro­pean Cham­pion Clubs Cup which took place in Leiria, Por­tu­gal.

Some im­pres­sive per­for­mances were wit­nessed from the team who fin­ished sixth over­all on 76 points, just four points be­hind France in fourth.

The highlight was the new Ir­ish re­lay record from the U18 quar­tet of Ryan O’Leary, Colin Doyle, Wymin Si­vaku­mar and Conor Morey who clocked a time of 42.31.

Ear­lier in the com­pe­ti­tion, Colin had fin­ished sec­ond in the 200m in 22.42 while Conor also notched up a sec­ond place in his spe­cial­ity, the 100m, with a time of 11.06.

This was the sec­ond oc­ca­sion that Conor Morey has been hon­oured with a City Sports award.

Ear­lier this year he re­ceived it for the month of April fol­low­ing a sprint dou­ble at the Mun­ster ju­nior cham­pi­onships in Water­ford.

Af­ter that, he broke 11 sec­onds for the 100m at the Ir­ish Life Health Ir­ish Schools at Tul­lam­ore where just .22 of a sec­ond cov­ered the first six fin­ish­ers as Morey again im­proved on his pre­vi­ous best to record 10.74, al­though it was only good enough for sixth.

Coach to the sprint squad — along with over 30 other ath­letes — is Derek Cof­fey and he was in Por­tu­gal to wit­ness the record.

“They were well pre­pared, they were sharp go­ing out there and col­lec­tively they’re a very good team,” said the Lee­vale men­tor. “I’ve been coach­ing these lads since they were nine years of age, three of them have an­other two more years as ju­niors, Wymin has three years.”

Cof­fey and his squad are now pre­par­ing for the in­door sea­son, with the na­tional ju­nior cham- pi­o­nships the first ob­jec­tive.

Train­ing takes place two nights a week at the Mardyke Arena, along with in­door ses­sions at the newly de­vel­oped Lee­vale High Per­for­mance Cen­tre on Far­ran­lea Road.

In pre­sent­ing the award, Liam O’Brien, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of the City Sports, said that last year Char­lie O’Dono­van from Lee­vale was hon­oured with the Ath­lete of the Month fol­low­ing his per­for­mance at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Clubs. Since then, he has taken up an ath­let­ics schol­ar­ship at Vil­lanova Univer­sity and Liam wished the four lads sim­i­lar suc­cess in the years ahead.

At­tend­ing the func­tion was Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Stephen Cun­ning­ham, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the spon­sors, City Sports and Lee­vale com­mit­tees, and the ath­letes’ fam­i­lies.

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Collins

Lee­vale Ju­nior Men 4x100m re­lay team of Ryan O’Leary, Wymin Si­vaku­mar, Colin Doyle and Conor Morey coached by Derek Cof­fee are the Cork City Sports Ath­letes of the Month for Septem­ber. Also in the pic­ture, from left: Eoghan Di­nan, deputy ed­i­tor, ‘Evening Echo’, Mary O’Brien, sales man­ager, the River Lee, Lee­vale Team and Iso­bel Keane, head of spon­sor­ship pro­mo­tions and events, Cork 96FM c103, Stand­ing, from left: Ken Per­rott, 96FM; Shay Curtin, CCS; Joe Hart­nett, CCS; Liam O’Brien, CCS; Tony O’Con­nell, chair­man, CCS; Deputy Lord Mayor Stephen Cun­ning­ham; Frank Wal­ley, pres­i­dent, CCS; Terry O’Rourke, sec­re­tary, CCS; Fin­barr O’Brien, pres­i­dent, Lee­vale AC; John Calanan, vice pres­i­dent, Lee­vale AC; and Eva Mor­ris, C103.

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