Leevale relay team hailed for record run
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.
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.