Juvenile All Stars
The Juvenile All Star Awards were held at the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone on the 3rd of March. Ireland’s best and most successful juvenile athletes from counties north and south, east and west, were recognised at the Tipperary Crystal Star Awards Banquet.
The popular annual awards, once again kindly supported by Tipperary Crystal, proved to be another success this year with the cream of Ireland’s young aspiring athletic talent being celebrated by the Juvenile Committee of Athletics Ireland.
Each County Award winner received their specially commissioned piece by Tipperary Crystal. There were also a number of special awards presented on the night, awarded to Juvenile athletes who achieved International success during the 2011 season:
2011 Special Award Winners
The special awards are presented to Juvenile Athletes who achieved international success during the 2011 season. The most treasured moment of the entire season was an evening in Lille, France last July. Ireland captured its first ever gold medal at the World Youth Championships, in race walking won by Kate Veale (West Waterford AC). Other athletes to receive one of these prestigious awards included Andrew Heaney (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC), Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC), Sarah Mc Carthy (Fingallians AC) and Marco Pons (DMP AC).
Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) had an outstanding year at International level, winning the girls 5,000m Race Walk at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille France. The Juvenile Committee of Athletics Ireland awarded the International Award to Veale for her gold medal winning performance in Lille, France.
Veale’s second award of the night was the Roisin O’Callaghan Trophy; this award is presented to the athlete who produces the best performance in Race Walking in 2011. Veale recorded a time of 12:18.86 for the 3,000m Race Walk at the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile National Track and Field Championships. The time set a new Irish Junior, Under 23 and Senior record, making Veale a worthy recipient of the Roisin O’Callaghan Trophy.
The prestigious awards recognise the hard work and dedication that Veale displayed during the 2011 season.
2011 Eamon Gilbert Trophy Winner
Andrew Heaney (Clonliffe Harriers AC) was awarded the Eamon Gilbert Trophy by the Juvenile committee for the best performance in the High Jump in 2011.
Heaney excelled at the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile National Indoor Championships becoming National Champion in his age group in the High Jump. During these championships he also equalled Adrian O’Dwyer’s record with a winning jump of 1.96m. Heaney went on to claim the National outdoor title with a winning effort of 1.90m.
The prestigious award was testament to the hard work and dedication that Heaney showed during the 2011 season.
Marcus Lawler (St. Laurence O’Tooles AC) was awarded the Keara O’Hart Trophy by the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Committee for the best performance by a sprinter in 2011.
In 2011 Lawler represented Ireland in the 200m at the World Youth Championships in Lille and the European Youth Olympic Games in Trabzon. Lawler also set a new Irish Youth Record of 21.61s during the 2011 season; it was for this performance he was awarded the Keara O’Hart Trophy.
The prestigious award was testament to the hard work and dedication that Lawler showed during the 2011 season.
2011 Robin Sykes Trophy Winner
Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) was presented with the Robin Sykes Award at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile All-Star Awards.
Finnegan receives the award on the basis of his consistent and outstanding performances in 2011. Finnegan ran a personal best time of 3:49.58 at the World Youth Championships in Lille France in the 1500m. In the EYOF’s Finnegan struck gold in the 1500m in a time of 3:53.78, which was another outstanding performance.
The prestigious award was testament to the hard work and dedication that Finnegan showed during the 2011 season.
2011 Bill Battersby Trophy
Sarah McCarthy (Fingallians AC) was awarded the Bill Battersby award which is presented to the athlete who produces the best performance in the Long Jump in 2011.
McCarthy was crowned National Champion in her age category in the Long Jump at the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile National Indoor Championships with a distance of 5.72m.
At the outdoor equivalent McCarthy again impressed and was crowned National Champion in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.81m.
It was in recognition of these performances that McCarthy was awarded the Bill Battersby Trophy for 2011.
2011 Matt Mc Grath Trophy
Marco Pons (DMP AC) was awarded the Matt McGrath trophy at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile All-Star Awards.
The special award recognises the best Throws Performance in 2011. This was the second consecutive year that Pons has won this prestigious award.
Pons qualified for the European Juniors were he took part in his specialist Discus event. At the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile National Track and Field Championships Pons set a championship best with a huge throw of 55m.
It was on the basis of both of these performances that Pons was awarded the Matt Mc Grath Trophy for 2011.