Catherine Duggan R.I.P

The club lost a dear friend this week and we will miss her knowledge, guidance, patience, wisdom, her boundless enthusiasm but above all her smile and her laugh.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Vincent, her children Padraig, Niall, Ronan and Fiona and to the extended family.

Patrick McSweeney
Chair Bandon A.C

Below is an except from the eulogy given by our club President Billy Good at the funeral mass on Thursday.

Catherine Duggan first joined Bandon A.C 50 years ago and her love of the sport was nurtured at a very young age and she liked nothing more than the training and the competitive element of the sport covering both track and field and cross country. She got great enjoyment out of travelling to sports fixtures and cross country throughout the country and further afield at times to compete. It was known for her to take in 2 sports meetings in the one day, a fixture in the afternoon and another on elsewhere in the evening. Arriving home to her parents at a late hour but all was forgiven when she was able to pull from her bag a prize or two she had won on the day.
Competing for her club at West Cork, County and Munster winning many prizes, trophies and medals, always very competitive trait of all the Wilmot family in sport whether it be on the playing fields, running tracks, cross country courses or on the roads throughout the country. Her last competitive competition was the county masters track and field championships last year, when points where needed to secure the General Eoin O’Duffy trophy for the best all round club. Catherine was not found wanting and duly played her part with herself and fellow coaches showing the younger generation the spirit of competition. Also in addition she was no mean hockey player whilst playing with Bandon Hockey Club over the number of years, always playing it hard but fair.
Nothing gave Catherine more pleasure than seeing an athlete whom she was or had been coaching wearing the green of Ireland on the Home, European or World scene and there were many. Her encouragement to all no matter of what ability was always to the fore and her patience and tolerance knew no bounds.
When it came to writing a club constitution one of the officerships was that of Head Coach and who better for that position no one other than Catherine. She was instrumental in setting up a coaching structure within the club where we now have coaches qualified at all levels.
Catherine was more than a head coach, she could be best described in addition to being a mother figure, counselor, psychiatrist among other things. Whenever a young athlete and not so young had a bad run or did not perform up to their ability who was there to comfort them but Catherine.
One of her attributes was not bowing to officialdom, cutting through red tape, where on occasions she would fall foul of an official where she felt there had been an injustice done to an athlete. This I might add was all done in the spirit of fair play and in the interest of the sport and the athlete concerned. No matter what club that athlete was from.

So rest peacefully thou loyal and faithful servant to the sport of athletics and to your beloved Bandon A.C.
May the soil of Bandon lie lightly on you dear friend.
Slain abhaile

Sad News

It is with deep regret, that we have to inform you of the sad passing of our head coach and dear friend, Catherine Duggan.
As a mark of respect all club activities are cancelled this week, including the West Cork league scheduled for this Wednesday.
Our thoughts and condolences are with her family.
Ar dheis Dé, go raibh a hanam.
Bandon AC

*POSTPONED* Summer League Wed 14th in Town Park at 7pm

** Will be held later in summer ***

Summer League in Bandon Town Park at 7pm on Wed 14th

Don’t forget that the next West Cork Summer League event is on in Bandon at 7pm on Wed.
Events for u9,u11, u13, u15, u17.
Sprint, Distance race and 1 field event per age group.
Relays which are mixed club relays at the end of the night are always a very popular hit.

No pre-entry required, spectators and athletes pay €3 entry at the gate

u9 : Sprint, Distance, Long Jump & Relays
u11 : Sprint, Distance, TurboJav & Relays
u13 : Sprint, Distance, Shot Putt & Relays
u15 : Sprint, Distance, Long Jump & Relays
u17 : Sprint, Distance, Long Jump & Relays

Recent results

The rain in Morton Stadium, Santry for the Universities International and the AAI Combined events was the worst I had ever seen at a track competition and it made life difficult for athletes and organisers alike. A one hour suspension around 11am turned into about a 2 hour break and even then the events resumed in heavy rain, just not as heavy as earlier!
Laura McSweeney was on the Irish Universities team and taking part in the Shot Put which eventually got underway at about the 3rd time of asking. Heavy rain made conditions difficult for the athletes but it soon emerged as a close battle between two Irish girls. The lead changed hands a few times with very little between the athletes but at the end Laura emerged a deserved winner.

At a very wet track in Tullamore at an Irish Millers organised Track event Scott Gibson took part in the 400m and finished in 4th place in a fast time despite the conditions.

In the Juvenile Combined Events in Santry the club had 3 athletes in action. Combined events can be hard enough but when you factor in heavy rain and weather delaying events and other events being cancelled it makes it even harder for athletes to prepare, so fair play to all of them.
Amy ODonoghue was in the u15 and after the hurdles and long jump was in contention for a medal. Then a break of over 2 hours due to the weather, the high jump was cancelled so just the Shot and 800m left. At the end of the day Amy finished in a gutsy 5th place which may have better if the high jump had been held but still a great experience for her.
In the boys u15 Diarmuid OConnor was always in control, he won the hurdles and finished 2nd in the Shot to be leading before weather enforced break. On resuming he won the Long Jump and 800m to win Gold.
Tristan Chambers put in a good performance also in the u15 where he was in contention for a medal heading into the final event before finished in 4th place overall.

Much better weather in Belgium at the IFAM track and field meeting where Phil Healy and Laura Nicholson were in action.
Phil contested the 400m where she finished 3rd in her heat in a fast time of 54:32. Laura Nicholson was in heat 3 of 5 in the 1500m and took to the line with 18 other athletes which made for a very crowded track! Laura didn’t let it impact her as she finished in 5th place in a new personal best of 4:41:55 ahead of many senior athletes.

Well done everyone.

County Results

County Senior and Master Track and Field Championships saw a small number of club members in action but with a large amount of success.
Patrick McSweeney won the Senior Shot Put, Weight for Distance, Discus as well as placing second in the Hammer. Laura McSweeney won the Senior Shot Put and Hammer as well as placing second in Discus.
Roisin Howard won the Senior triple jump, was 2nd in Shot Put, long jump and Javelin.
In the master events, Liz Coomey won the masters o45 Shot Put, Hammer, Discus, javelin, sprint, long jump and high jump. Frank Stam won the o55 Shot Put, Discus, javelin, high jump, weight for distance and hammer.
Well done everyone.

In the County Juvenile Combined Events in the CIT there was some impressive results for club members. In the girls u11 Natalia Dawidowicz was 3rd. In the Boys u14 Jack Cullen had a comprehensive win and Tristan Chambers won the u16 age group. In the boys u11 Cormac OFlynn and Eoin OCallaghan competed well but finished outside the medals in a tough competition.
Well done everyone

Well done to everyone who took part in the first day of the Cork County Juvenile Track and Field Championships.
Number of impressive performances on the day with a number of medals won.
Medalist included
Sean Heverin, Ciara Burrows, Harry McCourt, Sarah Burrows, Aoife Callan, Eoin O’Callaghan, Mai McCourt, Caroline Wesol, Eabha Crowley, Niamh O’Donovan, Jack Cullen, Callum McCourt, Jane Buckley, Nicole Tuthil, Ciaran McCarthy, Max Halliahan, Ruairi Harrington, Stacey Komolafe, Lauren McCourt, Olivia Tuthill, Diarmuid O’Connor, Liam Crowley, Gavin Kenny, Dylan Chambers, Fionn Harrington, James Kirkby, Tristan Chambers, Ella Stack, Amy Crowley, Aoibhinn O’Connor, Thomas Beare

Club Awards Night

Hope everyone who attended last nights awards night had a good time, thanks to everyone who helped out on the night and well done to everyone who received an award.

Award winners on the night included:
Track and field U9 Kate Collins
Cross Country U9 Cillian O’Flynn
Track and field U11 Miah McCourt
Cross Country U11 Amy McCarthy
Track and field U13 Jack Cullen
Cross Country U13 Callum McCourt
Track and field U15 Diarmuid O’Connor
Cross Country U15 Jane Buckley
Track and field U17 Ella Stack
Cross Country U17 Laura Nicholson
Track and field U19 Travis Coomey
Cross Country U19 John Muckian
BEST OVER ALL XC Fiona Everard
Hall Of Fame Tim Lucey
Best Master Liz Coomey
President Award Erin DeBurca
Club Person oF the year Susan McCourt

Thanks to Trevor Collins for the photos