The first weekend of the Irish Life Health National Championships has taken place and Blackrock A.C. put in a huge performance. Over 20 Blackrock A.C. athletes qualified to take part in this year’s National competitions in events including High Jump, Long Jump, Javelin, Sprint distances and 600/800m races.
The weather was uncooperative particularly on day 1 with pools of water on the track and rain forecast for the day but the competitions rolled on.
Competing at the Nationals was a first-time experience for the majority of the Blackrock A.C. squad. Their dedication and focus were rewarded with personal bests and medals from Day 1. A number of athletes achieved dual medals in their chosen events.
Qualifying for the Nationals and competing at such a high level is a great opportunity particularly for the younger age groups as it demonstrates what commitment and focused training can achieve.
Congratulations to all that took part including Rosie, Aela, Laragh, Alex, Brianna, Holly, Philip, Dónal, Mark, Ciara and Killian. A special call out to Dónal, Killian and Mark who took home 5 medals between them.
Some photos of our athletes can be seen below:
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A special thank you to all the volunteers, parents and coaches who put in a lot of effort to ensure the events went as planned and provided the competitors with the best opportunity for success. Results of Day 1 and 2 can be seen here and the playback of the competitions are available on YouTube – see Nationals 2021 Day 2 and Nationals 2021 Day 3
We would also like to thank Wolfhound & Elk who supplied us with our training gear which is made from recycled plastic.
We look forward to further success this coming weekend where Blackrock A.C. athletes feature in Long Jump, High Jump, Javelin, 600m races and sprints and the upcoming Children’s team games on August 21.