10 with a bang!...
Our first ever summer camp for children took place this week. We hoped to give our young LSA members and other members of the community an opportunity to experience a range of athletics disciplines without having to travel outside the Donabate/Portrane peninsula.
It was fitting that Ballymastone GAA Grounds was the venue for the first two days of the camp, where St Pat’s GAA club generously gave us their pitches, storage and clubhouse. Ballymastone could probably be called the spiritual home of Donabate, since this was the location of the first Community Games that led to the formation of the club in 2011. We made full use of all the space in Ballymastone with six different activity stations. Children and teenagers from age 6 up tried out Throws: (Shot put, Turbo Javelin and Discus); Jumps: (High Jump and Long Jump) Sprints and Middle Distance, as well as fun games, yoga, obstacle course and tug of war.
Day 3 was held at our usual training location at the Astro hockey pitch at DPCC where Portrane Hockey Club kindly gave us the use of their storage facilities. This was the setting for our throws, jumps and sprints competitions, our Olympic parade complete with Olympic torch and podium. Councillor Adrian Henchy took the time to join us for our medal ceremony.
We are hugely grateful to our 30+ volunteer coaches and helpers who gave their time and shared their experience, energy and enthusiasm with our 85 participants. Apart from being great fun, this was also a wonderful opportunity for many of our club members to meet for the first time. Our teenage and young adult helpers were Michelle Branigan, Katie Lloyd, Ellen Gavigan, Roisin Smyth, Sam Tanner, Artur Nugent, Amelia Hussain, Anna Gavigan, Alison Branigan, Dylan Carr, Luke Michael. We were proud to have the help of adult members who themselves were juveniles when the club started: Abby McAra, Andrea Hannigan, Giorgia Tanner, Maria Carr.
The camp was great fun for everyone involved and it was a hugely successful camp. We are grateful to Gavin and KellyAnne from Mind To Motion Fitness for sharing their expertise with us
A big thanks to Dara Carr, Jennifer Tanner and Louise Gilroy for the event planning and to everyone who was involved in transporting equipment from DPCC to Ballymastone and back again, and setting up and dismantling before and after each days activities, especially Joe Carr, Enda Gavigan and Sonia Francis The high jump mat was a particular challenge - since it doesn’t even fit in a van two trips with a trailer were required for each move! We look forward to the day when we have equipment storage, and especially a high jump shelter, at our training venue.
Lost items! Contact us through ClubZap if you are missing any items (water bottle, clothing) after the summer camp and we will do our best to try to reunite the owners with their belongings.
Following the excitement of the Summer Camp, we held a club run on Sunday to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of LSA (July 18th). We had almost 200 runners sign up for our virtual event, with people participating from all over the world.
On the day, we had members from all our adult groups running, all finishing on Donabate beach, where there was refreshments, ice cream and craic.
The results are being finalised, and we will publish them over the next few days!
LSA is now on Summer break! Training will resume in August- keen on eye on Whatsapp/Clubzapp.
This is your opportunity to have a say on the proposed Ballymastone Sports Complex. We are on the brink of the most exciting development for sport and recreation in Donabate/ Portrane. You can view the plans for the proposed Ballymastone Sports Campus at the Fingal County Council Offices in Swords (by appointment only, phone 018905000) or online until Wednesday 4th August.
We now need the community to show their support for this proposal. We can’t stress enough how important it is that as many people as possible make submissions to support this. LSA will prepare a submission which will be shared with all members prior to the closing date.
LSA Members are encouraged to make individual submissions and may use the club submission as a guide.
If you would like to be part of the subgroup involved in making the club submission please reach out to Sonia Francis.
Submissions can be made by post or online. The latest date for receipt of submissions is Wednesday 18th August. Submit here.
The Dublin Juvenile Championships concluded this weekend in Santry. Congratulations to Alison Branigan winning bronze in the U18 400m on Friday evening and a second bronze in the 400m Hurdles on Saturday. Anna Gavigan won the U18 Discus title on Friday evening with a best throw of 41.08m. They join Luke Michael (100m) in qualifying for the National Finals in August. Alison, Luke and Anna are all coached by Gerry Ronan as part of our multi-event/competition group and they had a busy week as they also volunteered with our summer camp.
Irish Athletes are competing in their most successful ever Under 20 European Championships in Tallinn Estonia this weekend. Rhasidat Adeleke of Tallaght AC led the streak of medals with her 100m and 200m success and smashing her own Irish 200m records into the bargain. Cian McPhillips of Longford AC won gold in the 1500m in 3:46.55, and Nicholas Griggs (Mid Ulster AC) won the 3000m in 8:17.18. These performances put Ireland at the top of the medal table going into Day 4. You can read more about the quality performances from these and other young athletes here.
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