Affidea Ireland is proud to support the Junior Endurance Programme at Athletics Ireland over the past 12 months.
This support targets roughly 160 of our most talented junior endurance athletes through the regional junior endurance performance squads and the National Junior XC panel.
It has been a very impressive start to the season and 18 young endurance athletes have achieved qualifying standards already for major championships in July, including the European Youth Olympics in Hungary, the European Junior (u20) T&F Championships in Italy and the European u23 T&F Championships in Poland.
Two of the young athletes have recently broken Irish Indoor Youth (u18) records over 3000m, with Amy Rose Farrell running 9.35.10 and Darragh McElhinney running 8.18.88; breaking the old indoor record and also going under John Treacy’s outdoor Irish u18 3000m record of 8.20.40 set in 1974.
The endurance program is led by National Junior Endurance Coach for Athletics Ireland Steven Macklin, with support at a national level from volunteer coaches Annette Quegan and Joe Ryan, in addition to a team of volunteer regional coaches. AAI recently held their annual warm weather training camp at Alfa Mar Portugal with the support of Affidea Ireland. Read about it on Facebook.
Steve said; “It is a huge support to have Affidea Ireland involved with our junior endurance programme at Athletics Ireland. These young athletes are the future of the sport, and the support from Affidea Ireland allows us to provide them with extra opportunities to attend training camps and races abroad.”
“CEO Tom Finn has been instrumental in the whole process and we are very grateful to him for his generosity. We have seen a remarkable number of outstanding endurance performances in 2017 already and it looks like it will be potentially our most successful ever summer of competition.”
This is a testament to our future stars’ high standard of training and best of luck with your preparations over the summer!