Thursday, September 10, 2020

CARRICK AC JUVENILES RETURN TO TRAINING


We in Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club are in the process of drawing up our plans for a return to training of our members in early to mid October but we will need your help.

Under current Government guidelines as they currently stand to prevent the transmission of Covid-19, training athletes indoors is simply not practical and as the Sports Complex will not be available due to its use for classrooms, our Primary School groups will be moving outdoors over the winter.

This will mean that our athletes will be divided into different groups based on the year of their birth so that we can comply with Government regulations on group sizes. These training sessions may take place at different times and different venues to what we are normally used to, but we are trying to accommodate our members, our coaches and comply with the Government regulations.

Unfortunately, with the logistics of trying to organise different sessions at various times and at different venues, we will be restricting our primary school group sessions to fully registered club members born in the years 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 and we CANNOT take in any new members before the end of the athletic year on December 31. The situation regarding new members will be reviewed in January.

All of these measures are subject to whatever Government restrictions/Athletics Ireland guidelines are in place at the time but we are in the process of trying to determine how many members want to attend training, what venues we can use and what help we can get to organise the sessions.

We would ask the parents of our primary school members to inform our coaches and officials if their child will be returning to outdoor training.

More importantly, we will need more help than ever before from parents at training - we will need people willing to help our experienced teams of coaches with practical coaching (courses will be arranged by the club) and we need volunteers to help with the administrative work around contact tracing and the collection of fees and Covid-19 Questionnaires.

Unless we get extra help to assist us, it is unlikely that we will be able to hold any Primary School group training this year due to the restrictions and workload involved for our volunteers.

For our Post Primary group, we make the same request so that we can finalise if we need to have separate training nights for the various activity groups: i.e. sprint or distance running.

Please contact us at connollyjohnb@gmail.com if you are available to help us or via the WhatsApp group for your child’s training group before Tuesday, September 22, at 5pm.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

IRISH LIFE HEALTH NATIONAL JUVENILE U17, 18 & 19 T&F



Athletics Ireland have announced details and the timetable for the National Juvenile U17 to 19 Track & Field Championships which will be held in Morton Stadium Dublin over the weekend of August 29/30.


With Covid-19 regulations, Athletics Ireland point out that this competition is subject to the government progressing to Phase 4 where 500 people will be allowed to gather outdoors.


The following regulations will also apply

  • Entries through Regional secretary only. Please contact your region regarding the closing date for your region.

  • Competition will take place in two separate sessions each day. There will be a strict requirement for athletes to leave the facility as soon as possible at the end of each session. The stadium will be cleared between sessions. For timetable please see HERE.

  • No admission to the stadium  until allocated check in time for the session in which you are participation.

  • Competition will be closed to all spectators.

  • Athletes, officials, event staff and 1 adult per athlete only permitted on site.

  • Accompanying adults must purchase tickets in advance for each session they wish to attend. (Details to be announced soon)

  • There will be no parking available at Morton Stadium.

  • Timetable and events at sessions may change depending on numbers of athletes entered to events.

  • There will be no relay events at the Championships.

  • Events will be live streamed on both days.

  • The competition will have strict COVID 19 prevention protocol details of which will be announced in due course.

ANY CLUB ATHLETE WISHING TO COMPETE MUST CONTACT CLUB SECRETARY JOHN CONNOLLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE




Tuesday, July 28, 2020

COMPETITION UPDATE




After a long Summer with no action on the track, road or anywhere else, plans are being put in place for a few meetings at Connacht and National level during the month of August.

CONNACHT COMPETITION

Connacht Athletics are planning a two day event over the weekend of August 15/16, with field events on the Saturday in Craughwell and track events in Athlone on the Sunday. This is NOT a championship event, there is no progression to National from this and no Connacht medals to be won.

It is simply an effort to provide some basic level of competition for our young athletes who have worked hard over the last few months and some preparation for older athletes who are intending to compete in the National Juvenile, Juniors, Seniors or Masters events later in the season.

Working on the assumption of a maximum 200 people allowed at a gathering and our event will conform to all HSE guidelines of which you should all now be familiar.

Competition will take place over two days in four age groups: U14, U15, U16 & U17/Senior/Masters and the events are as follows:


Saturday: Long Jump and Shot

Sunday: 100m, 800m and U17 & up 3000m


U14, U15 and U16 events will take place in the morning and U17 & older events events in the afternoon with a clear break between


There is a maximum of four entries per club in each age group, ie U14, U15, U16, U17 & older with a waiting list in operation. There may be flexibility on numbers depending entries while an athlete can only enter one event across the weekend, if an event remains unfilled then we can open entries again to all.


U14, U15 and U16 will compete in age groups. U17 & older will compete as one age group but seeded on times for track and throwers will use own weights for shot. Pacers are allowed but they have to enter as per all other athletes.


€5 per entry, clubs will be billed for their entries, no cash will be taken on the day. Closing dates for entries is Monday, August 10, and entries on a first come, first served basis.


Anyone thinking of entering must be 100% committed to competing due to the restrictions on the number of entries each club is allowed per event. Contact John Connolly if you wish to enter any of the events.


National Senior T&F - August 22/23


Athletics Ireland have also announced that the National Senior Championships incorporating the U23 Championships will be held over the weekend of August 22/23, at Morton Stadium in Dublin but the competition is subject to the government progressing to Phase 4 where 500 people will be allowed to gather outdoors.


A few points to note:

  • Competition will be closed to all spectators

  • Athletes, officials and event staff only permitted on site

  • Competition will take place in two separate sessions each day. There will be a strict requirement for athletes to leave the facility as soon as possible at the end of each session. The stadium will be cleared between sessions

  • There will be no parking available at Morton Stadium

  • Athletes based overseas wishing to take part must have completed 14 days of self-isolation prior to the event and have proof of travel dates

  • All athletes entered to the senior championships who are U23 (born 1998,1999,2000) will be automatically included in the U23 championships. Separate entry is not required

  • U23 medals will be awarded on position in the final, if a medallist position(s) is not available in a track final then it/they will be awarded on the best time in the heats; An athlete may win a senior medal and U23 medal within the same track/field event

  • Junior Men & Women 5000m Championships incorporated


Entries will open on Wednesday July 29, and close on August 12, with a late entry window available until August 16. No entries will be accepted after this date.


Timetable will be published when entries close, events may change sessions depending on numbers of athletes entered to events.


Events will be live streamed on both days.


Competition will be subject to strict COVID 19 prevention protocol, details of which will be announced in due course.


To enter please click HERE.

 




Wednesday, June 10, 2020

CARRICK AC RETURN TO ACTION



Carrick-on-Shannon AC are delighted to announce that we will resume club training for our Juvenile members (Born in the year 2007 or before) from next Tuesday, June 16.

In line with HSE and Covid-19 regulations in relation to Covid-19, all sessions will be limited to athletes born in the year 2007 or before while the total number of participants per session is 15, which also includes coaches. This will mean many challenges for our members and coaches so we are looking for your help.

To attend training next week and to help us assess demand for how many sessions we can put on, we are asking parents of all athletes under 18 years of age to contact either John Connolly (0879446961) or Siobhan Murtagh (0879677744) BY TEXT before this Friday, June 12, at 7pm.

Numbers will be limited due to the ratio of coaches to athletes and we will contact parents/athletes with further information to confirm final details of training.

We would also insist that each athlete adhere to the two metre rule, that there be no physical contact and that all attending training must have Hand sanitiser for their hands and face. The normal €3 fee per session will also apply

Before any athlete attends training, they or their parents must fill out the following form and return it to club coaches at training.

PLEASE REMEMBER ONLY CLUB MEMBERS WHO ARE BORN IN 2007 OR BEFORE AND WHO BOOK THEIR PLACE AT A TRAINING SESSION AND FILL IN THE ATTACHED QUESTIONAIRE WILL BE ALLOWED TAKE PART IN TRAINING.

To limit hand contact, please return the question by email to connollyjohnb@gmail.com before Monday June 15, 2020


Athletics Ireland - Covid 19 Screening Questionnaire 

To ensure the Safety & Health of all people interacting with our Club, all club members/parents/visitors must complete this Declaration Form PRIOR to entering 


Your Name: 

Your Mobile No (parents’ number if under 18): 

Date/Day and Time of your visit: 


Please answer all questions below - tick yes or no
1. Have you visited any of the countries outside Ireland excluding Northern Ireland?    Yes No 

2. Are you suffering any flu like symptoms/symptoms of coronavirus covid-19?    Yes No 

3. Are you experiencing any difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath?    Yes No 

4. Are you experiencing any fever-like/Temperature symptoms?     Yes No 

5. Did you consult a Doctor or other medical practitioner within the last 14 days ?    Yes No 

6. How are you feeling Healthwise?    Unwell Well 

7. Have you been in contact with someone who has visited an affected region in the past 14 days?    Yes No

8. Have been around someone with symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days?    Yes No 

9. Is a member of your household self-isolating?    Yes No 

10. Are you in a period of self-isolation and/or cocooning under the current Health Policy Rules?     Yes No 

11. Are you in a high-risk health category?    Yes No 

12. Are you under 13 years of age or 70 years of age or over?     Yes No 

If you have answered “YES” to any of the questions above or have indicated to us that you have symptoms of COVID- 19 you should not attend the athletics club. You are prohibited from entering or using the grounds/facilities and advised to seek professional medical help/assistance. 

NOTE: When on site, please adhere to our on-site standard processes/procedures regarding infection control, i.e. social distancing, hand washing/hand sanitising and general coughing/sneezing etiquette? 



Signature Visitor : ................................................................ Date: ..............................


Signature of Parent/Guardian required for under 18s ...........................................




Thursday, March 12, 2020

CLUB ACTIVITIES CANCELLED



In light of advice from Athletics Ireland and the Government, Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club has taken the decision to cancel all official club training until March 29, in line with the guidelines.

Athletics Ireland issued a statement earlier today cancelling all official Athletics Ireland competitions and events and this would include approved Athletics Ireland Road Races. 

Our Juvenile members should note that this will include the Athletics Ireland National Indoor Championships and the Sports Hall Finals organised by the Leitrim Sports Partnership.

Club members may continue to train by themselves but as a club, we will not be holding any official group training sessions until such time as we are advised it is safe to do so.

We urge all our members and their families to follow the guidelines issued by the HSE.

The full Athletics Ireland statement is below:

Athletics Ireland continues to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and the advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team and the HSE. The health and safety of the Athletics community is our priority and we are determined to be calm, calculated and proactive regarding precautions to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As announced by An Taoiseach this morning the following measures will come into effect from tomorrow morning until the 29th March, 2020.

  • schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow (Friday)
  • Indoor mass gatherings of 100 people or more and outdoor mass gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled

Where it is possible to work remotely people should do so. Public transport will continue and shops will continue to remain open. Mr Varadkar said we need the public and businesses to take a sensible approach.

Athletics Ireland is guided by this expert HSE advice and we will physically close our office from tomorrow morning but all staff will be operating our business from their homes. We are prepared to operate telephones and emails remotely to minimise disruption to our business.

Athletics Ireland is therefore instructing all affiliates to suspend all athletic competitions and events with immediate effect. We understand that this decision will result in inconvenience and disappointment to many athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters. However, we are sure that all will understand that this decision is taken in the best interests, not just of the athletics community, but of the Country.

Club training is down to the discretion of the individual club, but the recommendation from Athletics Ireland is that club training sessions be cancelled at this time.

The situation is changing rapidly and we will continue to monitor developments and update our website and communication on a daily basis.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

TRANSFER WINDOW NOW OPEN!



TRANSFER WINDOW: It's not quite like the soccer but Athletics Ireland Transfer window comes into force for the month of April so any of our members considering switching clubs, now it is the time to get your paperwork in.
Anyone intending on transferring can download the form at https://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/transfers and the completed transfer form must be received by the County Board no less than seven days before the 1st of April.
The correct procedure for filling out the form is as follows:
• Member (in the case of a minor by the parent or guardian)
• New Club
• Outgoing Club
• County Board (outgoing club)
• County Boards (out of county club transfer)
• County Boards (inter county transfer)
The month of April serves as a period when the athlete cannot compete for their new club, subject to ratification by Athletics Ireland, but the athlete can compete as an individual.
For members who may have lapsed in membership or moved away, anyone who has not bee a member for three calendar years need not apply for a transfer but if you have been registered within that three year period, a transfer form must be completed.
Full details in the link attached: https://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/transfers

Thursday, February 27, 2020

MARY MOSTYN RIP

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of our former coach and official Mary Mostyn. Mary passed away after a long and hard fought battle with illness late on Wednesday evening surrounded by the family she loved so much.

Mary was an integral part of the club from more than 20 years as a coach, parent, athlete and official and indeed, the entire Mostyn family from Brian through Linda, Denise and Colin all competed with distinction for the club, Linda one of our members to have worn the Green vest of Ireland in competition.

Her contribution to the success of the club cannot be overstated and literally hundreds of children from Carrick-on-Shannon and the surrounding areas passed through her care over the years.

It was not just our club that benefitted from Mary's voluntary work as she was also heavily involved in Leitrim Community Games, serving as County Secretary for a number of years, while she was also the Leitrim organiser of the People In Need Telethon during the nineties. In recent years, Mary was one of the driving forces in the Carrick Trad Group and her loss will be keenly felt by that group.

To Mary's husband Brian, her children Linda, Denise & Colin, her grandchildren, sons and daughter-in-law and her many, many friends, we offer our deepest condolences. May Mary Rest In Peace

The following are the funeral arrangements for Mary:

The death has occurred of Mary Mostyn (née Coonan), Sroankeeragh, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon, and formerly Dromagh, Crettyard, Co. Laois, peacefully, at North West Hospice Sligo on Wednesday 26th February 2020, surrounded by her loving family, following an illness bravely borne. Sadly missed by her husband Brian, children Linda, Denise and Colin, sons-in-law Paddy and Tomas, daughter-in-law Amy, beloved grandchildren, Charlie, Harvey, Jarlath and Senan, brothers John and Martin, sisters Anastasia and Josephine, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, dear students and friends at Carrick Trad and Carrick AC, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Rest in Peace

Reposing at her home in Sroankeeragh, Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday 28th February (N41 YY17) from 5pm until 8pm. Removal on Saturday morning to St. Michael’s Church, Drumlion, arriving for Funeral Mass at 11am. Cremation afterwards at Lakelands Crematorium, Dublin Road, Cavan. (H12 RF78). Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to North West Hospice Sligo c/o Dermot Foley, Foley’s Funeral Directors, Kilmore.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis uasal.

Below are a selection of photos from Mary's time with Carrick-on-Shannon AC