Blackrock A.C. is proud and excited for our Junior member Holly who has been selected by Athletics Ireland to represent Ireland on the U17 Cross Country Team this weekend.
Holly deserves every moment of recognition. Despite lockdowns, she trained continuously and she can be seen running loops of the park on many cold winter evenings. She is quiet and determined, with no big fuss. However, we will all be cheering loudly for her this weekend.
Holly has had a great 2021 Cross Country Season, winning 6 medals in total and placing top 12 at National Championships in both her own age group and in the older age group. This is after representing the club at the Outdoor Nationals in August, on the back of her 800m silver at the Dublin Championships.
After such strong performances from all of the Irish teams in December’s European Athletics Cross Country Championships, the focus switches quickly towards Turin and aiming match the successes of 2019 and 2021. The fantastic support in Abbotstown shows the appetite and passion for Cross Country running in Ireland. Many of the athletes that go on to represent Ireland in major championships have used the Celtic Cross Country championships to build experience of running against strong opposition. We are delighted that Athletics Northern Ireland is hosting this event and athletes will be able to test themselves against athletes traveling from England, Scotland, Wales and further afield. Matt Lockett, National Endurance Coordinator: “
Acknowledgment should also be given to Hollys coaches Gerry Chueng and Tommy Gavin.