Statement from Bandon AC re: announcement Wed 13th from Athletics Ireland
Dear club members,
This information applies to both juvenile and senior athletes. You may have seen the press release on Wednesday from Athletics Ireland stating that club training can return from next Monday, the 18th of May, so we would like to update all members on the status of training in Bandon AC.
Training remains suspended for Bandon AC for the foreseeable future, and will not return on the 18th of May. The announcement from Athletics Ireland was only to say that clubs do now have the permission of Sport Ireland to return in very small and controlled groups, under strict conditions, and where the club can control the facility in which the training occurs. More information on this announcement can be found on the Athletics Ireland Covid-19 updates page. There are documents here detailing the restrictions on athletes, clubs and coaches that must be met before training can resume, and we have no way to meet all these requirements at this time.
As a club, two of our training venues, Bandon Grammar School and CIT track, remain closed with no current timetable for when they will reopen. We are also aware a large number of our members and coaches live outside the 5km limit from the Town Park in Bandon.
The relaxing of restrictions that are to come into effect next Monday do not allow for a club of our size to easily return to training at this time. It is not safe or workable to do so at this time. We would love to see all our members back training, but it is just not possible yet.
We have started to look at what needs to be in be place before we could resume on a limited basis. We are currently preparing a Covid-19 Risk Assessment with the safety of our coaches and members paramount.
When we have more information on this, we will notify all members through phone, our Facebook page and website, and will try to give as much notice as possible. There are still many limiting factors restricting us, and we don’t know at this time when it will be possible to return.
We encourage all members to continue to train alone or with family household members only, and to follow the guidelines from the HSE on social distancing and maintaining safety when you are out and about. The club is not in a position to endorse or facilitate ad-hoc training groups at this time.
We will update our members again just as soon as the return to training becomes clearer.
Bandon AC Committee
Bandon AC have been monitoring developments with Covid-19 with our priority being safety of our members and coaches. In light of recent guidelines we have taken the decision to cancel training for the foreseeable future. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision on resuming training when appropriate and communicate via Facebook and club phone. Encourage all members to act sensibly in these difficult times. Stay healthy.
Results of Munster Juvenile, Senior and Masters Championships which were held in Nenagh Indoor Stadium on 15th and 16 th February last.
Juvenile results were; Leila Cummins (u11) silver in shot putt and sixth in long jump. Ruby Cummins (u13) second in walk. Oisin Callan (u13) first in walk. Eoin O’Callaghan (u14) first in walk. Kara Casey and Lily Clover competed very well, placing outside medals.
Senior/Master results; Roisin Howard received gold in weight for distance and silver in shot putt. Lauren Mc Court placed first for gold in both 60m and 200m. Dylan Roberts won gold in 60m and silver in 200m. Ciara Lynch competed in 200m finishing outside medals. Senior Women’s 4 x 200m relay team placed second. Liz Coomey (master) placed first in long jump, high jump, shot putt and weight for distance.
Well done to everyone who competed.
Congratulations to Diarmuid O’Connor and Roisin Howard on their recent Munster Star Awards. Diarmuid received an Achievement Award and Roisin an Award for Senior women’s track and field.
Our Juvenile Members were in action in Nenagh last weekend – 5 th January. Ruby Cummins placed first in the Pentathlon Championships in girls under 13. Aoife Callan (under 14), Natalia Dawidowicz (under 14) and Eoin O’Callaghan placed outside the medals.
In the Master Junior and Under 23 Indoor Championships in the same venue in Nenagh our Juniors were competing too.
Diarmuid O’Connor placed first in the Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump. He placed second in Shot Putt 6kg and Pole Vault. Amazing results. Congratulations to him and his Coach.
Tristan Chambers placed fourth in Pole Vault and High Jump. Dylan Chambers placed fifth in Hurdles and High Jump. Ciara Lynch placed fourth in her 200m race and ninth overall. Well done to everyone who travelled and competed.
Anyone interested in joining Bandon Fit4life should contact Linda Hodnett 087 434 0860 for further information. Beginners Group in place for those that have no previous experience or wishing to return.
We look forward to seeing our Juveniles back at training on Monday 13 th January next. Wishing all of our Members and their Families, Coaches, Assistants, Committee and loyal supporters a very Happy New Year.
Evelyn O Reilly PRO
The Juvenile Cross Country Relays took place in Castlelyons on 3 November last. Results as follows; girls under 10 placed third for bronze, boys under 10 placed seventh. Girls under 12 placed fourth and the boys under 12 received gold. Girls under 14 received Gold, boys under 14 placed third for bronze. The girls under 16 placed first for gold. Well done everyone. Special thanks to St. Nicholas AC for hosting this event.
Next event that took place on Sunday 10 th November, was the Munster Juvenile Uneven Cross Country Championship in Conna. Hosted by St Catherine’s AC and Munster Athletics. Our under 9 girls placed fourth narrowly missing out on medals. Team comprised of Lily Clover, Kara Casey, Ava Deasy and Saoirse O’Donovan. Boys under 9 came second for silver team medal . Team comprised of Shane Murphy who received an individual medal, Sam Molumphy, John Feheney and Ciaran Guinane. The under 11 girls placed seventeenth. Girls under 13 made up of Ruby Cummins, Aoife Callan and Nathalia Dawidowicz ran a fantastic race too. In the boys under 13 Daniel Dollard received an individual medal for placing tenth overall and along with his teammates, Adam Sexton, Cillian O’Flynn and Eoin O’Callaghan claimed bronze. Amy McCarthy won an individual medal in the Girls under 15 race. Amy along with Ella Collins, Lucy O’Flynn, Sinead Crowley and Aoibhinn O’Sullivan placed seventh overall. Special thanks to Aoibhinn for competing on the day. Dara McCarthy ran extremely well in the boys under 15 race.
Boys under 17; Ruairi Harrington won a County team silver medal placing thirteenth overall. Jane Buckley placed thirteenth also in her race, girls under 17. Jane won a County team gold medal.
Well done to everyone who competed , parents/guardians and the Coaches who give their time willingly.
Evelyn O Reilly PRO
The Donough Coughlan Memorial Cup was presented by Ms Nora Coughlan to Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh from Bandon AC who was first across the line in a nail biting finish at the entrance of the GAA club. Naoise was closely followed by Leevale AC’s Eric Curran and Sean McGrath from East Cork AC. Leevale AC athlete Michelle Finn was first female over the line. Bandon AC athlete Carmel Crowley placed second and Linda O’Connor from Carrigaline AC placed third. Full results are on our website page. Well done and thank you to everyone who turned up to compete.
Huge thanks to Bandon GAA for the use of their facilities; Premier Timing Systems and the Irish Red Cross. Special mention and gratitude has to be given to the Committee (who spent hours organising this event) and the members and volunteers who willingly gave their time on the day to ensure its smooth running.
Whilst the 5k road race was taking place, our juvenile members were in Dromtarriffe competing in the B Cross Country championships. In the girls under 9 Ava Deasy placed sixth for an individual medal. Jennifer Bamford placed ninth and Ellen Dollard twelfth.
Jack Keohane placed fifth for an individual medal in boys Under 9. Followed by Darragh Trunwit in 23rd and Jack O’Regan In 24 th.
The girls under 11 placed fifth overall. Caoimhe O’Regan placed second for an individual medal. Emma Trunwit, Holly O’Keeffe, Grace Tarrant and Maeve Dollard all competed and had great races.
Boys under 11; Max Clover and Cathal Murphy placed fourth and sixth for individual medals each. They along with Conor Walsh and Dara Duggan received Team Silver for second. Jack Holland, Dylan Cronin and Colm Sexton all ran superbly.
The Girls Under 13 secured team Gold. Team comprised of Ruby Cummins who placed second and Aoife Callan who placed third, both getting individual medals; Lily Murphy 13th and Natalia Dawidowicz 16th . Dilly Barry Twohig placed seventeenth.
In the boys under 13, Eoin Sexton, Cian Cronin and Richard Tarrant competed very well.
Individual medals presented to Ella Collins who was first and Sinead Crowley who was third in the girls under 15 race. Lucy O’Flynn placed seventh just missing out on medal.
Many thanks to the parents and coaches who accompanied Juvenile members and gave their full support. Thanks also to Duhallow AC for hosting this event.