Lawler and Neville launch Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships


Marcus Lawler (St Laurence O'Toole A.C.) and Ciara Neville (Emerald A.C.) were on hand to launch the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships which take place in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena this weekend (February 29th and March 1st).

The Irish Life Health Championships will showcase some of Ireland's best talent, many of whom will be will be looking to continue their early season form with an Olympic Games on the horizon.

Both Neville and Lawler will be setting their sights on national glory, both of whom went agonisingly close in 2019. Lawler, the 2019 World University Games bronze medallist will be looking to build on his impressive 2019 and carry his form into this weekend where he is set to compete in the 60-meter sprint. The Carlow athlete will be hoping to continue the steady progress and challenge for national gold as he builds towards a big year on the track.

Ciara Neville will also be looking to carry her sensational early season form from the Irish Life Health U23 Championships to Abbottstown this weekend. The Emerald A.C. star came away with a championship best performance of 7.33 seconds in the U23 60m final back in January, as well as bagging gold in the 200m in 24.40 seconds.

It promises to be captivating meeting with so many athletes already showing great early season form as they ramp up preparation for international competitions to come later in the year.

Recent 200m record breaker Phil Healy (Bandon A.C.) is also set to have a busy weekend as she continues to build on her blistering start to the year. The Cork woman's recent record time of 23.10 seconds (200m) was the fastest run by a European athlete this season, and broke Ciara Sheehy's 2003 mark by .07. Healy is entered in the 200m, but also holds an entry for the 60m which looks like it could be one of the races of the weekend.

CEO of Athletics Ireland Hamish Adams said: "I'm really looking forward to the National Senior Indoor Championships with our supportive sponsor Irish Life Health. It’s going to be a really exciting year for athletics, and we are in no doubt that spectators will be treated to some thrilling action in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena this weekend."

Head of Marketing at Irish Life Health Liz Rowen said: “We’re delighted to sponsor the National Senior Indoor Championships, and we’re all really excited for this weekend’s action in Abbotstown.  No doubt the atmosphere and competition will make this a wonderful event and we encourage sports fans to come along to see some of Ireland’s top athletes in action on home soil.”

Further Information:

Tickets for the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships can be purchased online HERE .

Full Championship preview will be available on Athletics Ireland website from Thursday 27th .

Live streaming of both days will be available on the Athletics Ireland Facebook page.

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