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Local Athletes Win Gold and Silver Medals at Irish Youth Championships

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The 2019 Irish Life Health Juvenile Indoor Championships were held at the weekend (30th and 31st March) in Athlone. Two local boys had outstanding success at the games.

Oliver Sweeney, aged 15, from Ballymoney, competed in the U17 60m Sprint. He qualified first in his heat with a time of 7.02 seconds, going on to win Gold in the final, with a time of 6.99 seconds. This smashes his previous PB of 7.12 seconds and sees him place top in UK rankings for 15 year olds over this distance and gives him a UK ranking of 6th in the U17 category.

Kurt Wright, aged 14, from Stranocum, competed in the U15 60m Sprint. He qualified in his heat with a time of 7.81 seconds and just missed out on the podium in the final, coming 4th with a time of 7.71 seconds. His previous PB was 8 seconds. Kurt also competed in the U15 High Jump, winning Silver by clearing a height of 1.65m. This is an increase of 20cm on Kurt’s PB for last year of 1.45m and sees him ranked as 19th in UK for the U15 category.

Both athletes train in Coleraine with Speed Development Project. Lead Coach, Mike Fountain, commented, “I’m delighted for both Ollie and Kurt! Their hard work, attitude and commitment, makes them a pleasure to coach. A gold and silver medal at all-Ireland level is a fantastic achievement for these local boys in their first major season of competition. The past eight months of training have paid off and their success is well deserved.”

Coach Mike Fountain, of Speed Development Project, is now focusing on getting his sprint group of girls and boys ready for the upcoming Ulster Schools, Irish Schools, NI & Ulster Age Group Championships, and qualification for the European Youth Olympics Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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