Athletics Ireland Announce €580,000 in direct Athlete Support for 2022


Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce a total of €580,000 in direct athlete support for 2022 via its Operation Gold Performance Programme.

€442,000 of this is provided directly by Sport Ireland via its 2022 International Carding Scheme, which was officially announced by Sport Ireland last Thursday May 5th. This support is provided to nineteen individual athletes at World Class and International level, plus the Mixed Relay team which is also supported at World Class Level. Three further ‘high-potential’ athletes transitioning out of the under-age ranks are also supported by Sport Ireland via pool funding. With increases in the level of funding at International (€18,000, previously €12,000) and World Class (€25,000, previously €20,000), along with an increased number of athletes in receipt of Sport Ireland funding, this represents a significant increase in the value of direct athlete support from Sport Ireland.

In addition to direct Sport Ireland support, Athletics Ireland will make a further €138,000 in direct support available to a total of thirty-seven high potential athletes at Emerging Talent (16-19 years of age in qualifying year), Development (20-24 years of age in qualifying year), and Discretionary (Aged 24+) levels of carding.

Paul McNamara, Athletics Ireland Performance Director said: “We are delighted to announce this enhanced direct athlete support, which will further aid the preparation of our Performance Athletes towards targeted championships and support the transition of our future stars. We are immensely appreciative of Sport Irelands increased carding investment in our sport.  In the Tokyo cycle we increased our medal count at targeted championships to 25, from 12 during Rio cycle, and have seen a greater number of athletes qualifying to major championships off tougher qualifying standards, and an enhanced depth in the performance level across a range of events. We look forward to shortly launching our new High Performance Strategy which will further detail our plans for future and sustained success”.

Athletics Ireland congratulates all the following athletes who will receive carding support for 2022. This has been earned by all the athletes through exceptional performance in their chosen discipline. We are committed to supporting this talented group to achieve their full potential as athletes and people. We acknowledge the family, coach and personal support individuals in this group have received to date, and we look forward to working together to support these individuals to reach their full potential.

Selection Policy for the 2022 Operation Gold Performance Programme is published here and integrates criteria for Sport Ireland Carding. 

Sport Ireland’s own criteria are published here.

Please note, as per published criteria, Athletics Ireland do not provide carding support to athletes in the NCAA but will support NCAA athletes on a case-by-case basis in pursuit of their performance goals outside of NCAA commitments.

Sport Ireland Carding 

Level Category Name Event Club Coach
Sport Ireland World Class Brendan Boyce 35km RW Finn Valley AC  Robert Heffernan
Sport Ireland World Class Ciara Mageen  1500m City of Lisburn  Helen Clitheroe
Sport Ireland World Class Fionnuala McCormack Marathon  Kilcoole AC Alan McCormack 
Sport Ireland World Class Thomas Barr 400mH Ferrybank AC Hayley Harrsion
Sport Ireland World Class Mixed 4x400m Mixed 4x400    
Sport Ireland International Mark English  800m Finn Valley Ac Feidhlim Kelly
Sport Ireland International Stephen Scullion* Marathon  Clonliffe Harriers   
Sport Ireland International Phil Healy  200m/400m Bandon AC Shane McCormack
Sport Ireland International Michelle Finn 3000m SC Leevale AC Feidhlim Kelly
Sport Ireland International Kate O'Connor  Heptathlon Dundalk St Gerards AC Michael O'Connor
Sport Ireland International Andrew Coscoran 1500m Star if the Sea AC Feidhlim Kelly
Sport Ireland International Alex Wright* 35km RW Leevale AC Lauren Wright
Sport Ireland International Marcus Lawler* 200m Clonliffe Harriers  Shane McCormack
Sport Ireland International David Kenny* 20km RW Farranfore Maine Valley AC Robert Heffernan
Sport Ireland International Sarah Lavin* 100mH Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey
Sport Ireland International Sarah Healy* 1500m UCD AC Eoghan Marnell
Sport Ireland International Eilish Flanagan* 3000m SC Finn Valley AC Damon Martin
Sport Ireland International Nadia Power* 800m Dublin City Harriers AC Matt Yates
Sport Ireland International Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner* 800m Dublin City Harriers AC Mark Coogan 
Sport Ireland High Potential Darragh McElhinney  Cross Country UCD AC Emmet Dunleavy
Sport Ireland High Potential  Rhasidat Adeleke 200m Tallaght AC Edrick Floreal
Sport Ireland High Potenital  Cian McPhilips 1500m UCD AC Joe Ryan
Sport Ireland Relay Christopher O'Donnell Mixed 4x400m North Sligo AC Benke Blomkvist
Sport Ireland Relay Sharlene Mawdsley Mixed 4x400m Newport AC Gary Ryan 
Sport Ireland Relay Sophie Becker  Mixed 4x400m Raheny Shamrock AC Jeremy Lyons & Gerard O'Donnell
Sport Ireland Relay Cillin Greene Mixed 4x400m Galway City Harriers AC Jeremy Lyons & Gerard O'Donnell
Sport Ireland Relay Cliodhna Manning  Mixed 4x400m Kilkenny City Harriers AC Peter Lyons


Athletics Ireland Carding 
Level Category Name Event Club Coach
Discretionary Potential Sean Tobin Distance Clonmel AC Feidhlim Kelly
Discretionary Potential Aoife Cooke Marathon Eagle AC Alan Storey
Discretionary Potential Georgie Hartigan 800m Dundrum South Dublin AC Bev Hartigan
Discretionary Potential Kevin Seaward Marathon St. Malachy's AC Andy Hobdell
Discretionary Potential Paul Pollack Marathon Annadale AC Paul Pollack
Discretionary Potential Hiko Tonosa 10000m Dundrum South Dublin AC Feidhlim Kelly
Development Gold Louise Shanahan 800m Leevale AC Philip O'Dell
Development Gold Luke McCann 1500m UCD AC Clark McCann
Development Gold Molly Scott 100m St Laurence O'Toole AC Deirdre Scott
Development Gold Ciara Neville 100m Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey
Development Silver Efrem Gidey Cross Country Clonliffe Harriers AC Peter McDermot
Development Silver Sommer Lecky High Jump Finn Valley AC Niall Wilkinson
Development Silver John Fitzsimons 800m Kildare AC Joe Ryan
Development Silver Keelan Kilrehill Cross Country Moy Valley AC Emmet Dunleavy
Development Bronze Niamh Fogarty Discus Raheny Shamrock AC Peter Collins
Development Bronze Jack O'Leary 10000m Mullingar Harriers  Joe Ryan
Development Bronze Louis O'Loughlin 800m Donore Harriers AC Gerry Naughton
Development Bronze Ruby Millet  Long Jump St Abbans AC Michael Kelly
Emerging Talent Gold  Nicholas Griggs 3000m Mid Ulster Ac Mark Kirk
Emerging Talent Gold  Israel Olatunde  100m UCD AC Daniel Kilgallon
Emerging Talent Gold  Diarmuid O'Connor Decathlon Bandon AC Frank Stam
Emerging Talent & Relay Gold  Robert McDonnell 200m Galway City Harriers Brendan Glynn
Emerging Talent Silver Conor Cusack Javelin Lake District AC Padraic Joyce
Emerging Talent Silver Oisin Lane 10k RW Mullingar Harriers  Michael Lane
Emerging Talent Silver Nicola Tuthill Hammer Bandon AC Killian Barry, Kevin Warner, Roland Korom
Emerging Talent Silver Dean Casey 5000m Ennis Track Club Pat Hogan
Emerging Talent Silver Geoffrey Joy O'Regan High Jump Sun Hill Harriers  Cherry Joy
Emerging Talent Silver Maeve O'Neill 800m Doheny AC Tony O'Neill
Emerging Talent Silver Matthew Glennon  10k RW Mullingar Harriers  Michael Lane
Emerging Talent Bronze Aoife O'Sullivan High Jump Liscarroll AC Martin O'Sullivan
Emerging Talent Bronze Reece Ademola Long Jump Leevale AC Liz Coomey
Emerging Talent Bronze Dylan Casey  3000m Ennis Track Club Pat Hogan
Emerging Talent Bronze Sean McGinley 1500m Finn Valley AC John Rogan
Emerging Talent Bronze Adrienne Gallen Hammer Lifford Strabane AC John O'Donnell
Emerging Talent Bronze Harry Colbert 1500m Waterford AC Des Colbert
Emerging Talent Bronze Lughaigh Mallon 1500m Lagan Valley AC Jim McKeown
Emerging Talent Bronze Seamus Robinson 1500m City of Derry Spartans Martin Robinson

* Athletes denoted will draw down 75% of award, with remaining 25% paid upon achieving criteria in 2022

**Leon Reid, Menapians 200m Tokyo Olympic semi-finalist, has achieved International carding criteria and will continue to be supported in 2022. Note following his recent court case Leon Reid has received a suspended sentence and community service. A recent Athletics Ireland high performance panel review of this case also requires additional community service to be completed by Leon. Athletics Ireland is committed to the holistic support and development of all our elite athletes. We note Sport Ireland is still reviewing this decision.

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