Blackrock A.C. Junior and Juvenile Awards December 2023

Blackrock A.C. Junior and Juvenile Awards December 2023


We’ve had another great year in the academy and have many fantastic athletes training with us over the year. Mairead and all the Academy coaches would like to recognise everyone in the group and have certificates of Merit for each athlete. You have all officially graduated from our Academy to the Under 9s next year where you will start to compete in Dublin events.  We look forward to seeing lots of you in Blackrock Vests in 2024.



This being the first year of merit awards for the 2015 Group, the coaches decided to select two athletes that have firstly shown a tremendous dedication and application to training. This is the  bedrock of the group so in this regard, both athletes can be described as role models for the group. In addition to this, whilst representing BAC throughout the year, our two winners have demonstrated remarkable bravery, determination and grit in every performance they have put in.

We are delighted therefore to announce Anna Keaney as our female athlete of the year and Carter Woods as our male athlete of the year. Big congratulations to both.



Our girls U10 merit award goes to a great talent, who comes from a very athletic family. She is a great trainer and is really popular with all the kids in the group. She made the sprint finals in the indoors in February, and had a great XC league with a top 10 and a top 20 finish.

The winner of the Female U10 Merit award is Lola Sexton.


Our boys U10 merit award goes to a dedicated young athlete who joined us in March. He did really well in the field events during the summer, and was an ever present at all XC meets this autumn. A diligent trainer, a good listener who works hard at every session. He is very popular with all his teammates

The winner of the Male U10 Merit award is Matthew Donegan.



Our girls U11 merit award goes to a young lady who is a real asset to the 2013 group. She has a great attitude, always smiling and encouraging her team mates. She has been unlucky with injuries over the last two years but keeps coming back stronger and featured really well this year across multiple events including sprint relays, turbo javelins and cross country. With a bit of luck she has a great future ahead of her.

The winner of the Female U11 Merit award is Edie Kelly.


The winner of our boys award has been with the group since the very start, all the way back to the academy days. He trains hard every week and always turns out for competitions. He qualified for both the track and field (javelin) and cross country nationals in 2023. He is our mister consistent and we are lucky to have him on our team.

The winner of the Male U11 Merit award is Senan Griffith.



Our girls U12 merit award goes to a multi-talented, enthusiastic athlete that has demonstrated her versatility and determination through the year across indoor, outdoor and cross country seasons.  Her achievements this year included bronze in the long jump and silver in the high jump at the Dublin indoor championship. During the outdoor track & field season she once again competed well at the Dublin Championship in the 600m and 60m and across the Dublin League fixtures.  This past cross-country season she was a member of our girls team that qualified for the nationals where she competed superbly before going on to secure 4th place overall across the Dublin League fixtures. The winner of the Female U12 Merit award is Doireann



The winner of the boys U12 merit award is another talented all-rounder who has been a key member of our teams across the indoor, outdoor and cross-country competitions.  A determined, yet laid back young man our winner is one of our most regular and committed athletes who has been a member of our relay teams that won silver at the Dublin Indoor and repeated this achievement at the Dublin Outdoor championship.

Highlighting his versatility he recently competed in all 3 of the Dublin League cross country fixtures as well as being a member of the boys team that won team bronze at the Dublin Championship and going on to compete at the National Cross Country Championship.

Our Male U12 Merit award goes to Max McDonald.



The girls U13 merit award goes to an athlete who has shown strong positive commitment in training and competitions this year. Someone who always has a smile and has competed across indoors, track and more recently cross-country season and her performances have improved impressively as a result. She competed in all XC events and was a key member of both the U13 and under14 XC Teams that qualified for the recent nationals.

Our Female U13s Merit Award winner is Sarah Kelly.


The boys U13 merit award goes to a boy who never misses training and also never misses the opportunity to compete in events, whether it’s track, field or cross country. A boy who always gives his best effort whether in sprint middle distance, throws or jumps events.  A pleasure to coach and a great example to all. Watch out for him again next year, we know he’ll be everywhere!

Our Male U13s Merit Award winner is David Kosmala. 2010/U14s

The girls U14 merit award has been a difficult decision for the coaches with so many of the athletes working very hard, improving their pbs and representing the club so well.  The winner of the award is a young lady who has shown exceptional consistency throughout the year and who has a happy knack of bringing her best to competitions.  At the Dublin Indoor Championship she finished 7th in the 800m final and during the recent Cross Country season she qualified for the Nationals by finishing 8th at the Dublin Championship.  This young lady’s grit and determination was demonstrated at the last Dublin League fixture where despite suffering a nasty leg injury before the race she went on to compete and secure 3rd place in the overall Dublin League standings.

Our Female U14s Merit Award winner is Rachel Murdock.


The boys U14 merit award goes to a young man who has excelled since joining the club last year.  Kicking off his year with a gold in the 60m at the Dublin Indoor Championship he then went on to win a silver in the 60m at the Dublin Outdoor Championship this was then followed up by an impressive anchor leg at Morton Games which secured the U14s team a silver medal in the mixed 4 x 200m.  Demonstrating his talent across the longer distances, this past Cross Country season, he achieved a top 5 finish in the Dublin League race that he competed in.  He was also a member of the A regular and committed member of the U14 group our Male U14s Merit Award goes to Matthew Dermody.



Our girls U15 merit award has been part of the 2009 group for 8 years since joining the academy in 2016. She is a dedicated athlete who is capable in a variety of events. This year she won silver in Dublin High Jump Outdoor Championships and is an accomplished sprinter and hurdler. More recently she is doing well in mid distance where she has proven that she can complete distance training with ease.

Our winner of the Female U15 Merit award is Juliette



Our boys U15 merit award has actively participated in a number of different events throughout the year including 200m indoor relays, outdoor 800m and relays, Cross Country league and Championship.  He is a strong athlete who has trained hard during the year and continues to improve in strength and performance.

Our winner of the Male U15 Merit award is Cian Harper



The Girls U16 merit award goes to a young lady that has demonstrated a positive approach to training and who has shown continuous improvement and dedication over the year.

Our worthy winner of the Female U16 merit award is Áine McGoldrick.


The boys award goes to the most improved athlete over the year. Athletics is not always about getting on the podium. Very often. It’s about the challenge to beat your personal best. Our merit winner has done this in spades and is a worthy recipient of this year’s merit award.

Congratulations to the Male u16 award winner Fergal Philips.



Our girls U17 merit award goes to a committed athlete who both trains and races with a smile on her face, always willing to learn and progress.  She has just come off the back off an excellent XC race season, which earned her a silver medal in the combined Dublin XC League.

The winner of the Female U17 Merit award is Rhionn



Moving over to the boys award this year’s winner is a young man that trains intelligently and consistently, an unassuming attitude masks a fierce competitive spirit. Always steps up on race day for BAC. Gained a bronze medal in the Dublin XC combined League.

The winner of the Male U17 Merit award is Cillian O’Mir.



Our U18 merit award demonstrates an exceptional commitment to training, attends both track and road sessions each week. In the past 12months he has raced at a high level on both track over the 800m and 1500m distances as well as competing strongly at the recent XC Dublin Championships and Dublin XC combined league meetings.

This year’s U18 Merit award goes to Alex Hanrahan.


Team of the Year

This past year has seen some magnificent team performances across the age groups with numerous national team qualifiers at the indoor, outdoor track and field and the recent crosscountry Championships.


This year’s award goes to a team that have regularly being winning team sprint golds at the Dublin indoor and outdoor Championships and had finished 4th in the national events in

  1. This year the team once again finished 4th in the National 4 x 200m relay indoors before they went on to surpass this achievement and follow up their Dublin Gold with their first national medal in the 4 x 100m winning a silver medal.

The strength in depth that the team was able to call upon when members were missing is why I will now announce 8 members of this years Team of the Year our U12 Girls Sprint relay squad of;

  • Amelia Burns
  • Beth Drury Byrne
  • Doireann O’Donoghue
  • Maya Mobius
  • Sarah McCarthy
  • Ciara Sengupta
  • Lara Woods
  • Annabelle Garvey


Mary O’Connor Trophy

The Mary O’Connor Trophy is one of the mainstays of our annual awards over the last number of years.  This trophy is awarded in acknowledgment of performances and commitment.  It acknowledges athletes who constantly look to improve.  It acknowledges athletes who are committed to training.  It acknowledges athletes who lead by example and always arrive with a smile on their face

This year’s recipient is a young lady who as well as having a lovely manner and approach at training has also delivered amazing performance with their list of 2023 accomplished being long and varied; at the Dublin Indoor Championships she won bronze in both the 60m hurdles and long jump, qualifying for the nationals in both events plus the high jump. During the outdoor season at the Dublin Championship our winner won gold in both the high jump and long jump as well as bronze in both the 60m hurdles and shot before topping off her season with a silver at the Nationals Combined Events Championship.

Working hard in all events and gaining numerous Pbs this year she even took on some cross county races even though she hates them.

Please put your hands together for our much deserving winner of this year’s Mary O’Connor trophy Alexandra Fellner Ring.


Samuel Roquette Resilience Award

This year we felt it was fitting that the club recognised an individual that has shown exceptional determination and resilience during this past year.  This athlete has been a great example to all members of the club, both junior and adult members alike with the incredible efforts and commitments he has made to his family, friends and community whilst also being able to navigate marathon training and races!


Many of our juvenile and junior members may have been to one of the Bake Sale events that he has organised to raise funds for Ukraine and I am sure many still remember last year’s fantastic Run For Ukraine event that he organised in the club.


How our winner has been able to balance all his humanitarian initiatives in support of his country men and women with work and life whilst also maintaining his running is a marvel to many of us.  Those who may have been cheering on Blackrock AC at the Dublin Marathon this year would have seen our winner glide past you looking effortless as he went on to a achieve a superb PB of 2hours 49 minutes.


Beyond the thousands he has raised in support of Ukraine this year he has also been a regular member of the BAC men’s group being a great role model and supporter of all who have the privilege to train with him.


Please put your hands together for the Samuel Roquette Resilience Award winner Igor Pashchenko.


Female Athlete of the Year

The winner of this year’s female athlete of the year goes to a phenomenally talented young lady who’s lists of 2023 achievements are remarkable;

At the Dublin Indoor Championship this athlete won; Gold in all four events she entered in the 60m, long jump, high jump and shot put. At the National Indoor Championship she then went on to qualify for the 60m and long jump final before winning bronze in the high jump.

She then went on to excel in the outdoor season winning Gold in the 60m, long jump and high jump as well as winning silver in the Shot at the Dublin Championship she also won overall Gold in the Dublin League fixtures having been unbeaten in all 5 events that she competed in.

Her brilliant season was topped off at the National Track & Field Championship where she achieved an unbelievable double of National titles winning gold in both the long jump and high jump as well as anchoring the 4 x 100m relay team to silver.

Beyond her obvious athletic prowess our winner always brings her fun, joyous personality to training and events that make her a pleasure to coach and disguises her steely determination.

Please put your hands together for our Female Athlete of the year Maya Mobius.


Male Athlete of the Year

The winner of this year’s Male Athlete prize is another multitalented young man who has excelled across the indoor, outdoor and cross-country season.

His versatility and natural talent was evident as he secured bronze medals in both the 60m and 600m at the Dublin Indoor Championships. He then went on to improve on these results at the Dublin Outdoor Championships winning silver in the 60m, as well as bronze in both the 800m and long jump at the Dublin Outdoor Championships.

During this past Cross Country season our male athlete of the year secured two second place finishes in the two Dublin League fixtures he competed in.  An athlete that balances a number of different sports yet remains a committed and regular attendee of training sessions occasionally with a rugby ball in hand!

Please put your hands together for our Male Athlete of the year Matthew O’Donnell.



Overall Athlete of the Year

Our overall athlete of the year goes to a young man who has been delivering stunning sprint performances in the Blackrock singlet for many years.  2023 saw this athlete extend these performances to an Ireland singlet when he represented his country at the European Youth Olympics Festival individually in the 200m where he finished 6th in the final in a time of 21.69 seconds and as part of the Boys medley relay team.


Whilst representing Blackrock this year our Athlete of the Year won Gold at the National Indoor Championship in the 200m as well as helping the 4 x 200m relay team win bronze.


Please put your hands together for our Male Athlete of the year Donal Martin.





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