Bandon Athletic Club has currently the largest membership of any athletic club in Munster. The club is affiliated to Athletics Ireland and members compete in competitions at West Cork, County, Munster, All-Ireland and International competitions in Track and Field, Cross Country and road running.
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Training: Mon and Wed night in Bandon Grammar School. 7pm-8pm for younger ages and 7.30-9pm for older ages or as per coaches. No training on Bank Holidays. There is a charge of €1 per night for training. You need to be a fully paid up member to attend training. See “Forms & Booklets” page for forms. C.I.T Track is also used for training.
Membership Update: Due to the current large membership the club will be operating a waiting list for new members. Anyone wishing to join, please text the club phone at 087-1135500 stating the age of the athletes.
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Next Committee meeting: April 7th 9pm in Munster Arms
May is also a very busy month for Track and Field athletics and this year will be no different for a lot of club members.
The South Munster Schools Track & Field Championships are on Wednesday 6th for the girls events and Friday 8th for boys events. The only exceptions are Pole Vault and Hammer which will see competitions taking place on the Friday.
See all the details including timetables etc on South Munster Schools Web site
For those new to secondary school athletics, please note you need to qualify from South Munster’s to compete in Munster Schools.
The first 3 in each event qualify for the Munster championship except for track events of 400m or less where 2 qualify.
For those who like something to aim for, the South Munster Schools records are available here
A number of them are held by current or past club members, hopefully this year will see a few more records broken by club members.
Well done to all the Bandon AC athletes competing in the Munster Junior, U23 & Pentathlon Championships today in CIT.
Scott Gibson won the 400m in 48.00 sec which set a new Munster Junior Championship record also achieved the ‘b’ standard for the European Juniors. Bobby Smith won the Javelin. Joey Henchy won both the 100m and 200m sprints. Promise Okafor won the Long Jump.
Daniel Hathaway was 3rd in the 100m. Darragh Ryan was 5th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m.
Fiona Everard was 2nd in the 1,500m, Bethany Haig was 2nd in the 3,000m. Aisling Kelly was 4th in the Shot Putt and 5th in the Long Jump.
In the under23’s Shane Howard was 2nd in the Long Jump
Our young Combined Eventers competed tremendously well also, some of them doing their first Combined Events competition
Eoghan Cassidy 1st BU11, Cian Walsh 4th. Callum McCourt 2nd BU12, Jack Cullen 3rd & Jack Callanan 6th.
The club hosted its annual awards night in the Bandon Grammar School on Fri night.
A number of perpetual plaques were presented as following
Best U9 – T&F Maia McCourt
Best U9 – XC Amy McCarthy
Best U11 – T&F Eoghan Cassidy
Best U11 – XC Callum McCourt
Best U13 – T&F Mark Collins
Best U13 – XC Mark Desmond
Best U15 – T&F Aisling Cassidy
Best U15 – Laura Nicholson
Best U19 – T&F Promise Okafor
Best U19 – XC Fiona Everard
Best Overall T&F – Patrick McSweeney
Best Overall XC – Mark O’Sullivan
Best Masters – Ronnie Barry
Club Person of the Year – David Gibbson
International Achievement Awards were presented to club members who respresented Ireland in the last year, these were; Phil Healy, Patrick McSweeney, Laura Nicholson, Fiona Everard, Scott Gibson, James French and Roisin Howard.
Little Athletics Certs were presented to a large number of club members who completed coaching in a variety of events over the year.
A number of awards were also presented to younger club members in recognition to their commitment and dedication at training.
Well done to Bobby Smith who continued his fine form in the Thomond Games in University of Limerick last Sat. Bobby won the Senior Men’s Javelin with a throw of 50.10m with the senior 800g weight javelin.
Don’t forget the annual club awards night wil be held in the Bandon Grammar School at 7.30pm on Friday night. Venue will be the McCutcheon hall, all athletes and all parents of athletes are invited to attend.
Please review the list of Bandon AC entries for the upcoming County Juvenile Championships.
If there are any changes then to please talk to coach OR text club phone BEFORE 12 noon tomorrow.
Entries for County Juveniles
The Opinion/Bandon Co-Op Awards ceremony was held in the Munster Arms Hotel Bandon last Friday night.
Bandon AC members have been very successful in these awards over the years and 2015 was no exception. Laura McSweeeny won the Sportstar of the Year for 2014 award, this award was in recent year won by club members Phil Healy for her achievements in 2013 and by Joan Healy for 2009.
Team of the year Award for 2014 went to the Bandon Grammar Intermediate Boys team who won the All-Ireland Schools relay in a new record time. This included club members, Scott Gibson, Joey Henchy, Matthew Draper, Daniel Hathaway, James Dwyer.
Well done also to ex club member Claire Sexton who got a Youth Award.
The order of events for West Cork’s on Sat has seen a few changes.
Latest one is on West Cork site
A long Jump has been added for U10 and the sequence of some other events has changed also.