National U20 Relays Squads Day 2021
The first Relays Squad Day for the U20 4x100m and 4x400m squadst for both men and women were held in Le Cheile Track on Sunday May 23rd.
Huge credit and thanks must go to the athletes, their personal coaches and their parents as there was 100% buy-in. Every Squad member from all 4 squads who was in the country on Sunday attended the squad day which meant that lots of high-quality work was possible.
Athletes travelled from as far afield as Kerry, Cork, Galway, Donegal, Northern Ireland, Wexford, and several counties in between.
The first squad to arrive was the U20 Women’s 4x100m squad, with the weather being less than kind. However thankfully the rain stopped, and conditions improved considerably to allow Coach Dean Adams put the girls through their paces perfecting the ‘push- pass’.
By the end of the session, Dean was very happy with the progress of the girls’ squad and looks forward to them racing together in pursuit of the 46.40 Q standard for European U20s this summer.
The Men’s U20 4x100m were next to arrive. The boys have a mixture of youth and experience but by the end of their session they had done some quality changeover work.
Coach Kevin Cogley is optimistic of the boys’ chances of attaining the Q standard for European U20s of 41.40 this summer.
David McCarthy had his hands full with both men’s and women’s 4x400m U20 squads, so Dermot McGranaghan kindly stepped in to help for the day with the 4x400m squads, so that all the Covid protocols could be adhered to
The Women’s’ 4x400m squad are a young squad, as all of the squad that competed at European U20s in 2019 have moved on to u23s. It was great to see the girls get to know one another better and working together so well by the end of their session.
The Men’s 4x400m squad also have many new faces, and it was clear that the lads were delighted to be back working together as a squad for the first time. The Coaches did lots of changeover work with both squads and were very pleased with the progress of both.
It was evident that the athletes really enjoyed being back training together, albeit socially-distanced. There was a great atmosphere throughout the day, with athletes working hard but also having time to chat
and catch-up with athletics friends from all corners of the country.
Thanks to all the coaches who gave of their time on Sunday to work with these squads.
We wish them all the best in their endeavours to qualify for the European U20s in Tallinn, Estonia in July 2021.